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I don't put Stafford down as a bottom 10 QB, with or without Calvin. But I would say that WITH Calvin, he's barely in the top half of the league. Without Calvin, he definitely falls into the bottom half of the league.

Stafford does NOT make anyone around him better. Good quarterbacks do that for their offense. There are a number of quarterbacks that I feel, if they played behind center on the Lions, would end up with MUCH better results. You can blame the receivers outside of Megatron all day long, but good quarterbacks do not need HOF receivers to move their offense.



I agree, but they do need DECENT WR's to move the offense. Im not sure last years Durham, or straight off the street Ogletree ( or mike Thomas, or the couple of practice squad guys we tried) qualified as decent...

im not trying to praise Stafford, but when Calvin went down our starters were #4 and #5 WR's.


The people they had playing WERE decent. Stafford didn't make them seem any better than they were. For years Tom Brady had nothing special at the wideout position, and no matter what injuries happened, what players were brought in, that offense did their job. I'm not expecting Stafford to be Tom Brady, Peyton or Aaron Rogers. However, if he can't move the offense without a HOF receiver, than he shouldn't be getting paid what he is.

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I don't put Stafford down as a bottom 10 QB, with or without Calvin. But I would say that WITH Calvin, he's barely in the top half of the league. Without Calvin, he definitely falls into the bottom half of the league.

Stafford does NOT make anyone around him better. Good quarterbacks do that for their offense. There are a number of quarterbacks that I feel, if they played behind center on the Lions, would end up with MUCH better results. You can blame the receivers outside of Megatron all day long, but good quarterbacks do not need HOF receivers to move their offense.



I agree, but they do need DECENT WR's to move the offense. Im not sure last years Durham, or straight off the street Ogletree ( or mike Thomas, or the couple of practice squad guys we tried) qualified as decent...

im not trying to praise Stafford, but when Calvin went down our starters were #4 and #5 WR's.


The people they had playing WERE decent. Stafford didn't make them seem any better than they were. For years Tom Brady had nothing special at the wideout position, and no matter what injuries happened, what players were brought in, that offense did their job. I'm not expecting Stafford to be Tom Brady, Peyton or Aaron Rogers. However, if he can't move the offense without a HOF receiver, than he shouldn't be getting paid what he is.


I get you about Stafford, i really do. But in order to move a pass happy offense you need quality starters. we just didnt have that durring Calvins absence last year. not too many peopel NOT named Brady, Manning, or Rodgers could make an offense move without at least one starter quality guy to catch. Pett was the closest thing we had to that once the WR's started dropping like flies (again)

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Here are my game by game predictions for the Lions upcoming season:

Sep. 8 vs. Giants (MNF)
It comes down to this, which Matthew Stafford will show up? The one being advertised as more focused, more
determined? Or will be given a repeat of the 2013 version, Mr. Inconsistency?

Lions 33 Giants 27 (1-0)

Sep. 14 at Panthers
Panthers may not have Steve Smith any longer, but they still have a pretty strong defense and an offense capable of
putting up points.

Panthers 24 Lions 17 (1-1)

Sep. 21 vs. Packers
Sorry, but I don’t think the Lions are going to prove anything to anyone here, except to show that they still aren’t going to
be a contender in the NFC North.

Packers 26 Lions 24 (1-2)

Sep. 28 at Jets
The Jets are one of the few teams to have a worse secondary than the Lions. I think the Lions can win this one, and
should win this one.

Lions 34 Jets 20 (2-2)

Oct. 5 vs. Bills
I see a close game here, and I’ll chalk this loss under the ‘Ones they should have won’ heading.
Bills 24 Lions 23 (2-3)

Oct. 12 at Vikings
The Vikings can score if they can get the running lanes open. Not something that will be easy against the Lions stingy
front and improved linebacking corps.

Lions 27 Vikings 20 (3-3)

Oct. 19 vs. Saints
The Saints are now a consistent playoff contender, and this year will be no different. The Lions secondary gets picked
apart once again by Drew Brees.

Saints 34 Lions 20 (3-4)

Oct. 26 vs. Falcons (England)
Which team will travel better across the Atlantic? Which Matt will prevail? The Falcons defense is improved, but
their offense isn’t as strong as it used to be. Should be a close game. Julio Jones could be the difference.

Falcons 27 Lions 23 (3-5)

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Nov. 9 vs. Dolphins
Miami takes advantage of the Lions after the Bye Week. Traditionally, the Lions have struggled after the Bye Week, for
whatever reason exists.

Dolphins 23 Lions 10 (3-6)

Nov. 16 at Cardinals
The Cardinals secondary should be capable of holding the Lions passing offense in check. The Arizona offense will do just
enough to win this game.

Cardinals 21 Lions 20 (3-7)

Nov. 23 at Patriots
Sorry, but the Lions just can’t muster a win against the Patriots this season. Brady picks apart the Lions secondary and
the New England defense will be able to shut down the Lions offense.

Patriots 24 Lions 13 (3-8)

Nov. 27 vs. Bears (Thanksgiving)
The Lions have recently been playing strong on Turkey Day, if not outright winning the games. The Bears have enough
cracks in their armor that the Lions can pull this off.

Lions 24 Bears 20 (4-8)

Dec. 7 vs. Buccaneers
The Bucs might surprise some people this year, but I don’t think they have enough to overcome the Lions. It will depend,
this late in the season, on injuries for both teams as to how strong they are and can compete.

Lions 27 Buccaneers 21 (5-8)

Dec. 14 vs. Vikings
The Lions playing at home, against the Vikings, and with a mini winning streak. I think the Lions put up another win here, in their final home game of 2014.
Lions 23 Vikings 10 (6-8)

Dec. 21 at Bears
Cold weather performances aren’t the hallmark for the Detroit Lions. The Bears will win this game if Jay Cutler is still
able to play.

Bears 26 Lions 17 (6-9)

Dec. 28 at Packers
Ending the season at Lambeau isn’t what I would call an ideal situation for the Lions. Harsh conditions are sure to exist,
and that won’t help the Lions attempt at winning in Lambeau for the first time in decades.

Packers 31 Lions 13 (6-10)


Say what you want folks. I don't think the Jim Caldwell era will start off any better or different than the Jim Schwartz era ended. This team hasn't really impressed me with the players they've signed and drafted in the off-season, and their pre-season play didn't inspire me.

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So, you have them going 6 and 10 this year?


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So, you have them going 6 and 10 this year?


Yes, I'd say 6-10, +/- 1 game. Depends on injuries to this team and their opponents. For instance, if Cam Newton doesn't play next week, or really isn't 100%, the Lions have a shot at winning. But we'll see.....

I just wasn't too impressed with what I saw this off-season. Same mistakes, same lack of discipline, same inconsistencies on both sides of the ball.

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m2karateman wrote:
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So, you have them going 6 and 10 this year?


Yes, I'd say 6-10, +/- 1 game. Depends on injuries to this team and their opponents. For instance, if Cam Newton doesn't play next week, or really isn't 100%, the Lions have a shot at winning. But we'll see.....

I just wasn't too impressed with what I saw this off-season. Same mistakes, same lack of discipline, same inconsistencies on both sides of the ball.


and how do you feel about this today?

Clearly(joking as its way too early and you picked the MNF win) you were wrong about the Caldwell era starting the same way the Schwartz era ended, then again the Lions have two tough opponents waiting for them the next two weeks and everyone else could be switching to your point of view if for example the CAR "D" destroys our OL and forces Stafford into Cutler mode and then the Lions D comes out in week 3 and gets annihilated by Rodgers. Im not ready to crown anyone but I thought the performance yesterday was impressive and I dont remember seeing the team play such a complete game since the 2011 season (maybe when the T day game but GB not full strength). The last 2 years the Lions had a way of leaving a bad taste in the mouth even when victorious.

Personally I think the footwork and ability to move in the pocket for Stafford will be a huge asset for the Lions vs the Panthers and it ll be a nice early season measuring stick of where this offense is really at. The Giants had good personnel but a lot of them were new faces and the Giants O didnt help with TOP, field position, etc - gifts that the Panthers wont be giving the Lions particularly on the road


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m2karateman wrote:
Growler wrote:
So, you have them going 6 and 10 this year?


Yes, I'd say 6-10, +/- 1 game. Depends on injuries to this team and their opponents. For instance, if Cam Newton doesn't play next week, or really isn't 100%, the Lions have a shot at winning. But we'll see.....

I just wasn't too impressed with what I saw this off-season. Same mistakes, same lack of discipline, same inconsistencies on both sides of the ball.


and how do you feel about this today?

Clearly(joking as its way too early and you picked the MNF win) you were wrong about the Caldwell era starting the same way the Schwartz era ended, then again the Lions have two tough opponents waiting for them the next two weeks and everyone else could be switching to your point of view if for example the CAR "D" destroys our OL and forces Stafford into Cutler mode and then the Lions D comes out in week 3 and gets annihilated by Rodgers. Im not ready to crown anyone but I thought the performance yesterday was impressive and I dont remember seeing the team play such a complete game since the 2011 season (maybe when the T day game but GB not full strength). The last 2 years the Lions had a way of leaving a bad taste in the mouth even when victorious.

Personally I think the footwork and ability to move in the pocket for Stafford will be a huge asset for the Lions vs the Panthers and it ll be a nice early season measuring stick of where this offense is really at. The Giants had good personnel but a lot of them were new faces and the Giants O didnt help with TOP, field position, etc - gifts that the Panthers wont be giving the Lions particularly on the road


One game is not a season. I'll stick by my prediction, and if it's wrong it's wrong. Do I feel more encouraged today than I did yesterday about the Lions chances this season? Absolutely. But there are still some things to be improved upon, and the Giants are a team in turmoil (already).

But trust me, I'd LOVE to be wrong about my prediction.

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Ok, so I know some of you aren't keen on this type of analysis, but I thought I'd post it anyway. For what it's worth, I think there's some truth to it. Sadly, it points towards the Lions having yet another poor second half of the season: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nfl-a ... e-numbers/

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We’re halfway home. It seems like it just started, but today marks the halfway point of the NFL regular season. Naturally, this seems like a good point to take account of what has happened so far in the hopes of projecting what will happen over the remaining eight weeks. Well, to make fun of the things we actually thought in August, too. But that whole projecting thing sounds smarter.

Our midseason review starts with a look at the numbers. You already know the basics — the Colts run a lot of plays, DeMarco Murray has run for a lot of yards, the Jets have given up a lot of touchdowns — but it’s the peripheral numbers in discussion here today, the subtle indicators of performance that might tell us whether a team is better or worse than its record in ways that might predict how it performs from here on out. Many of the outliers in these statistical categories aren’t stable from a year-to-year basis, so they’re almost always even more unstable when looking at an even smaller sample.

You can find a primer for many of these numbers here. Note that this data comes from a combination of sources, including ESPN Stats & Information, pro-football-reference.com, and the NFL’s official media website.

Pythagorean Expectation

Let’s start with our old friend. Point differential has proven to be a better indicator of future win-loss record than a team’s actual win-loss record, so gaps between the two are often signs of impending success or failure. Look no further than the 2013 Jets, who went 8-8 with the point differential commonly associated with a 5.4-win team. On the other side, the 2013 Texans went 2-14 with the point differential of a 4.2-win team; they haven’t been phenomenal by any means this season, but they’ve already doubled their win total from a year ago with seven games remaining.

Here are the teams that have fallen the furthest short of their expected win total from their point differential:

Unluckiest Record Pythagorean Wins Difference
Raiders 0-8 1.9 1.9
Falcons 2-6 3.3 1.3
Ravens 5-4 6.1 1.1
Jets 1-8 2.1 1.1
Buccaneers 1-7 1.9 0.9
Those poor Raiders, man. Oakland is a bad team, but it’s been better than its winless record would indicate. It has played some talented teams tough! The Raiders lost to the Patriots by seven points in Week 3, came up three points short of the Chargers in Week 6, and got a late touchdown to come within one score of the Seahawks on Sunday. Atlanta mostly appears on this list by virtue of its loss to a self-icing Lions team in London two weeks ago.

The most interesting team on that list is Baltimore, which somehow sits in last place in the AFC North despite having the third-best point differential in the AFC. It’s weird to say that a last-place team is a favorite to make the playoffs, and the Ravens are way behind on division and conference tiebreakers, but it would be a surprise if their talent didn’t shine through over the second half.

On the flip side, here are the teams that have overachieved versus their Pythagorean expectation:

Luckiest Record Pythagorean Wins Difference
Cardinals 7-1 5.0 2.0
Bengals 5-2-1 4.2 1.3
Lions 6-2 5.2 0.8
Steelers 6-3 5.2 0.8
Patriots 7-2 6.3 0.7
There are the Cardinals, and then there’s everybody else. Arizona has looked impressive all season while working its way past all kinds of injuries, but it has yet to win a game by more than 11 points, and its only loss came by 21 in Denver. Pythagoras rose from his grave and said the Cardinals are really a 5-3 team masquerading as a 7-1 juggernaut. He never went up against a coach in a Kangol hat, though, so he might be off here.

I’m counting the Bengals’ tie as a half-win, so they’re the only other team with a gap of more than one win between their expected win total and their actual win figure. They’re an interesting team: They have two big wins against bad opposition (Atlanta and Tennessee), two blowout losses against very good opposition (New England and Indianapolis), and four closer games against teams somewhere in the middle, during which they’ve gone 3-0-1. If Mike Nugent hadn’t shanked his 36-yarder against Carolina in overtime, Cincinnati would be right up there with Arizona in terms of teams with inflated records.

Performance in Close Games

A team that wins a disproportionately high percentage of its games decided by one score or less will almost always wonder what happened the following season. Likewise, a team that doesn’t know how to win one year is unlikely to struggle with the same problem the following campaign. Even the Colts, who feature a quarterback who has been otherworldly good in close games, lost their first two games of the year in one-touchdown contests before winning a pair to get back to 2-2.

If not the Colts, who’s been riding their luck in one-score games this year?

Luckiest Record
Bills 3-1
Cowboys 3-1
Lions 3-1
Bengals 2-0-1
It’s surprising to see the Lions show up as one of the league’s luckiest teams in one-score games, given how bad they were over the previous two seasons. Matthew Stafford is coming off a two-year run during which the Lions were a combined 6-14 in games decided by one touchdown or less. Again, the difference between the “lucky” Lions and an entirely average team in one-score games comes down to Atlanta blowing a nearly sealed game late in the fourth quarter.

Unluckiest Record
Buccaneers 1-5
Texans 1-3
Saints 1-3
Jets 1-3
Ravens 1-3
Raiders 0-4
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers simply can’t buy a close win. The Bucs dropped a would-be pick-six that would have given them a late lead in Week 1, blew a one-point lead in the final minutes of regulation in Week 2, and gave away an 11-point lead to the Saints two weeks ago like it was unwanted Halloween candy. With a tiny bit of luck, they would be approaching .500 right about now.

Fumble Recovery Percentage

Forcing fumbles is a skill. Recovering them? Not so much. No team in football recovers a disproportionately high percentage of fumbles over a multiyear stretch. It just doesn’t happen. Those differences are even more stark in an eight-game sample. As for the importance and randomness of fumble recoveries? Just think about the end of that 49ers-Rams game from Sunday. Who’s been luckiest with fumble recoveries this year?

Luckiest Fumbles Recovered Pct Unluckiest Fumbles Recovered Pct
Titans 9-12 75.0% Giants 7-23 30.4%
Patriots 14-21 66.7% Saints 6-17 35.3%
Cardinals 9-14 64.3% Steelers 9-25 36.0%
Falcons 14-22 63.6% Bears 11-28 39.3%
Chargers 12-19 63.2% Bengals 6-15 40.0%
I know. I was thinking the same thing you were thinking: Man, the Titans’ success has come because they’re so lucky! To be fair, there have only been 12 fumbles during the eight Titans games, a stark contrast to the 30 fumbles up for grabs during Carolina contests. (The Panthers have recovered 46.7 percent of them.)

As for the team that has recovered the lowest percentage of fumbles, well, they could have recovered a half-dozen fumbles last night and Andrew Luck still would have stomped them into the swamp. The Giants have had eight drives end in lost fumbles this year, which is tied for the league lead with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Those drives include two fumbles in the opposing red zone and three fumbles that handed the ball over to the opposition inside the Giants’ red zone, including a pair of fumbles on kickoff returns. Football is fun and edifying!

Red Zone Performance

I wrote about the freakishness of red zone performance a couple of weeks ago, when I noted that the Seahawks had gone from posting the league’s best red zone defense in 2013 to its worst in 2014. The good news is that they’ve gotten better; in their two games against the Panthers and Raiders, the Legion of Boom has allowed just 20 points on five trips to the red zone. That’s akin to the best red zone defense in football and is pretty impressive given that they’d been allowing 5.9 points per trip before that.

The bad news? They’re still the second-worst red zone defense in the league. Expect that to improve as the season goes along. Joining them among the best and worst red zone defenses this year:

Best Points/Red Zone Trip Worst Points/Red Zone Trip
Ravens 4.0 Jets 5.8
Jaguars 4.1 Seahawks 5.5
Browns 4.2 Chargers 5.4
Cardinals 4.2 Buccaneers 5.4
Bengals 4.4 Bills 5.4
Baltimore has been a monster in the red zone, with nine of the opposition’s 30 trips inside their 20-yard line ending without points. The Ravens even held the Panthers to a punt on a red zone possession in Week 4. Nobody else has more than six shutout drives in the red zone this season. That seems to match a great defense to great red zone performance, but did you expect the Jaguars to exhibit a shutdown defense inside their own 20? In 35 red zone possessions, the Jaguars defense has held opposing offenses to more field goals (15) than touchdowns (14).

And here are the league’s best and worst red zone offenses this year:

Best Points/Red Zone Trip Worst Points/Red Zone Trip
Broncos 6.1 49ers 3.9
Raiders 5.8 Eagles 4.1
Falcons 5.7 Dolphins 4.3
Chiefs 5.6 Jaguars 4.3
Chargers 5.4 Jets 4.4
There’s something in the water in the AFC West! That somehow made its way downstream to … the Raiders? You don’t think of the Raiders as a dominant red zone offense, but they’ve been the second-most successful team on their trips to the red zone. The problem for them and the Falcons alike? They rarely make it into the red zone. The Raiders have a league-low 13 trips inside the opposing 20-yard line, while the Falcons are second-worst, with just 17 red zone possessions.

San Francisco left last week’s game-sealing fumble in the end zone as a monument to its red zone failings. The Niners averaged 5.0 points per red zone trip last year, the eighth-best figure in football. They won’t finish under four points per red zone possession this year, but to be there in November is pretty staggering. The Dolphins have come up with nothing on nine of their 30 red zone possessions, the largest total in football. The Buccaneers (seven) are the only team close. The Chargers are the only team to come away with points from every red zone trip.

Strength of Schedule

Finally, let’s take a look at each team’s strength of schedule through the first nine weeks. We’ll be using the pro-football-reference.com Simple Rating System to estimate schedule strength. Here are the teams with the toughest schedules so far:

Toughest SoS Easiest SoS
Broncos +3.2 Browns -4.7
Jets +2.9 Buccaneers -2.6
Raiders +2.6 Saints -2.5
Jaguars +2.2 Lions -2.4
Giants +2.2 Cowboys -2.4
Great teams rarely play the toughest schedule in football, if only because they never have to schedule themselves. The Broncos are an exception. During their first eight games, they’ve played the top teams in the AFC (Patriots) and NFC (Cardinals), three other teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today (Colts, Chiefs, and Seahawks), and two teams with legitimate designs on a playoff berth (Chargers and 49ers). Oh, and the Jets. They finally get to play the Raiders next week, which should vault Oakland to the top of the schedule charts.1

Meanwhile, the Browns have faced a dramatically easier slate of opponents than anybody else in football. Of the six teams that are 2-6 or worse, Cleveland has played four: They’re 3-1 against the Raiders, Buccaneers, Jaguars, and Titans.

What stands out as more important right now is figuring out which team faces the toughest schedule from here on out. I’ve run through each team’s remaining slate of games and found the average Simple Rating System figure for each of their opponents. Here are the toughest (and easiest) schedules left over the remainder of the 2014 season:

Easiest Avg SRS Toughest Avg SRS
Giants -2.5 Raiders +3.0
Saints -2.2 Jets +2.5
Texans -1.9 Patriots +2.5
Vikings -1.7 Bills +2.1
Panthers -1.4 Chargers +1.6
I was surprised to see the Giants, too, especially given that their remaining schedule was being talked up as brutal during last night’s telecast. It’s fair to say that traveling to Seattle next week will be no picnic, and the Giants still have a home game against the Cowboys. Otherwise, things are relatively easy. The game against the 49ers is seen as one against a below-average team in terms of SRS, and after the Dallas game, the Giants play the Jaguars, Titans, Washington, and the Rams before finishing up with the Eagles in Week 17.

Perhaps the most meaningful easy schedule belongs to the Saints, who seem likely to commandeer a wayward NFC South over the next few weeks. Having broken their road fog with a comprehensive win over the Panthers on Thursday night, the Saints are in first place in the NFC South and only have three more road trips, including games against the Bears and Buccaneers. They still have three games to play against the AFC North, but with three games to go against the dismal NFC South, the Saints control their own destiny.

And while the Patriots claimed the top spot in the AFC with their resounding win over the Broncos on Sunday, things aren’t about to get easier for Tom Brady & Co. After they return from their bye, their next four games are against the Colts, Lions, Packers, and Chargers, with three of those on the road. They finish with three divisional games, so if they can make it through that four-game stretch unscathed, they should be able to lock up a first-round bye, if not the top seed in the AFC.

The numbers aren’t everything, of course. Some team will make a sudden surge that has nothing to do with the numbers and catapults it to a playoff spot out of nowhere. Last year, it was the Panthers, who were 5-3 after Week 9 and went 7-1 the rest of the way. The year before, it was Washington, which hit its bye week at 3-6 and went undefeated afterward. We’ll look back again at the numbers and figure out where that soaring team was hiding in seven weeks.


TL/DR: the Lions have overperformed their pythagorean expectation by the joint 2nd or 3rd (depending on how you count ties) most amount in the NFL, have the third "luckiest" record in one score games and have had the 4th easiest schedule in the NFL. All signs that the second half of the season will be a lot rougher for the Lions.


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Interesting post and I would say that confirms the eye test of what most of us have seen. But hey, we are the Lions - sometimes it pays more to be lucky than good. If you can be both good and lucky, then you are really onto something.

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Now looks like the Pack will get to 12 wins and we'll get to 10.


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Looking at the remaining schedules for the NFC contenders, its gonna be a cluster fudge.

San Fran and Seattle play each other twice, including tonight. Philly plays Dallas again in a few weeks and has Seattle next week. It looks like a lot of teams will be able to get to at least 11 wins. The South winner will probably only be 7-9. That's gonna leave someone with a good record on the outside looking in. Gonna be a crazy few weeks to end the season.


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Just did the playoff machine on ESPN. Could waste a lot of time there. I'm rooting hard for Atlanta for the rest of the season because if they win the South, that's our likely destination is we land in the 5th seed. I'd rather go there than New Orleans. Plus if ATL miraculously beats GB this week we have a shot at the #2 seed, not expecting that because even if we become division champs, Philly and AZ would have to lose a game somewhere along the line.


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Just did the playoff machine on ESPN. Could waste a lot of time there. I'm rooting hard for Atlanta for the rest of the season because if they win the South, that's our likely destination is we land in the 5th seed. I'd rather go there than New Orleans. Plus if ATL miraculously beats GB this week we have a shot at the #2 seed, not expecting that because even if we become division champs, Philly and AZ would have to lose a game somewhere along the line.


I think the wheels are falling off in AZ. The injury bug just got too big to overcome. I see them melting down and possibly even missing the playoffs.

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regularjoe12 wrote:
inheritedlionsfan wrote:
Just did the playoff machine on ESPN. Could waste a lot of time there. I'm rooting hard for Atlanta for the rest of the season because if they win the South, that's our likely destination is we land in the 5th seed. I'd rather go there than New Orleans. Plus if ATL miraculously beats GB this week we have a shot at the #2 seed, not expecting that because even if we become division champs, Philly and AZ would have to lose a game somewhere along the line.


I think the wheels are falling off in AZ. The injury bug just got too big to overcome. I see them melting down and possibly even missing the playoffs.


i agree, i think they are probably going to lose. stanton played two nice drives agains the lions and since then has had nothing, now the injuries are hitting them on the other side...potentially if san fran also falls apart and cans harbaugh, arizona could get in by beating san fran in the final week. on the flip side they probably only need 1 win to get into the playoffs bc they have the tiebreaker on philly, dallas and detroit


December 4th, 2014, 5:29 pm
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