The Lions Congregation – Week 11

July 6, 2018 Detroit News 0

Rev Spielman over at The Church of Schwartz continues his Q&A with several of theinternet’s top Lions bloggers. It is, as usual, a good read. Go check it out. Here’s the questions for this week and my responses.

1. Well respected ESPN columnist Kevin Seifert says the Lions have 7 keepers on their roster . Using his methodology, who do you see as a keeper on this roster ?

Motown Madmen: I agree with the keepers as those are pretty much the no brainers. I’ve heard people bitching, saying to draft a RB. Why? Smith will be a stud oncethey give him a line to run behind. Otherwise, the Lions are not stocked with great players, not even good players. They need to focus on the long term and those guys are ones to build around. As for the watch list, I like everyone on it but Backus. Seifert says move him to guard. That may work but I’d rather just they cut him loose. It’s time to move on. The O-line and D-line needs a complete overhaul and the secondary, with the exception of Delmas, needs replacing. I’d like them to look more at Zack Follett as well. I like his intensity and, at least, he’s a good addition to a poor special teams (get rid of Stan Kwan as well). It would be nice if they could keep the guys on Seifert’s lists and then get all new players for the rest of the team. The Ford family needs to give Schwartz and Co at least 5 years to rebuild this team. They need to draft linemen (both sides) this year and look heavily at free agency. Secondary is also a concern.

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Rumors and Rambling

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  • The Lions were beaten pretty efficiently on Thanksgiving day, losing to the Packers 34-12.  Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson both started and played the entire game but both are pretty banged up.  You could see Stafford wincing over his left shoulder and CJ limping around and not playing up to snuff.  The game was bad and Detroit’s defense was worse.  The Lions brain trust knows what it needs to do in the offseason.  Hopefully things will improve next season.
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  • Lions back-up quarterback Daunte Culpepper was upset that he didn’t get the start on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers.  He was seen sulking on the bench and getting into a heated discussion with GM Martin Mayhew on the sidelines.  I’d rather have Stafford play injured than Culpepper at full strength.  he should be demoted to third on the depth chart or cut after this past weeks tantrum.
  • Rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew is out with a significant left knee injury that will require season-ending surgery.  Brandon was coming into his own at TE and was developing into a good offensive weapon, working well with QB Matthew Stafford.  I hope he recovers well and is ready for the start of next season.  Good luck with the surgery, Brandon.
  • There is even more speculation about Detroit losing the Thanksgiving Day game after this years blowout by the Packers.  I believe the Lions should keep the game.  the team will improve in time.  The NFL really doesn’t care about tradition, though, just about their pocket books so Detroit losing the game wouldn’t surprise me but would disappoint me.

Packers at Lions – Turkey Day

July 6, 2018 Detroit News 0

The Green Bay Packers are coming to town on Turkey Day and it looks like the only turkey on the field will be Lions back-up quarterback Daunte Culpepper.  Matthew Stafford, who was injured in the 2nd to last play in Sundays victory over the Browns, will likely not play.  The Lions should start Drew Stanton in place of Culpepper.  We already know that Daunte is not the answer, even for one game.  Put Stanton in and let’s see if he’s worth keeping on as the #2 guy for the future.  Culpepper has no business starting a game for the Lions.  Demote him to the bottom of the barrel and let’s move forward.  Ok, enough ranting.

Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.  A tradition that dates back to 1934 when the Lions were defeated by the Bears 19-16.  In recent years, there has been a call to take the annual game away from Detroit (this year is no exception).  Dallas has been playing the afternoon game since 1966 and in 2006 they instituted a late game which begins at 8pm where they rotate teams every season.  The early game with Detroit is a tradition that should not be taken away from the team or it’s fans.  The Lions are 35-32-2 on Thanksgiving Day and I certainly hope the win column grows in the future and that the Lions continue to host the Thanksgiving Classic.

The week 12 match-up with Green Bay should be interesting.  The Packers are hurting on defense with both Al Harris and Aaron Kampman out for the rest of the season.  They do have a potent offense, though and will likely light up Detroit’s secondary at will.  With Stafford listed as doubtful and Calvin as questionable, I can’t see the Lions pulling off a victory with Culpepper at the helm.  The only way they have a chance is to play Stanton, a complete unknown to opposing defenses, and see what he can do.  Kevin Smith and Brandon Pettigrew will really need to play well for the Lions to get some points on the board.  Something else that would really help would be if Bryant Johnson could actually catch and hold on to a pass from anyone.  Enough with the drops, dude.  They’re paying you the big bucks to make plays, not look like a chicken-crap scrub who’d rather drop the ball than take a hit.  Man up, Bryant and catch the dang ball.

The injury report is long again this week.  Here’s what’s been reported as of Wednesday evening.

INJURY REPORT

DETROIT
OUT
S Kalvin Pearson, S Ko Simpson, LB Ernie Sims
DOUBTFUL
QB Matthew Stafford, DE Dewayne White
QUESTIONABLE
WR Calvin Johnson, S Louis Delmas, T Daniel Loper
PROBABLE
DT Joe Cohen, LB Zack Follett, DT Grady Jackson, RB Kevin Smith, LB Jordon Dizon

PACKERS
OUT

CB Al Harris, LB Aaron Kampman
DOUBTFUL
T/G Allen Barbe, RB Ahman Green,
PROBABLE
LB Brandon Chillar, T Chad Clifton, RB Ryan Grant, DE Cullen Jenkins, DE Johnny Jolly, FB John Kuhn, G Josh Sitton, C Scott Wells, CB Charles Woodson

It would be very nice to see our injury list shrink, especially CJ, Stafford and Delmas.  This game will likely be a blow out by the Packers but you never know, that’s why they play the games.

Vegas has the odds at 11 in favor of Green Bay with the O/U at 47.5 points.  I would stay away from the books this weekend.  Hard one to call with Culpepper being under center.  I’d have to say Pack 35, Lions 17.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate.  Have fun stuffing your faces, I know I will.  Just remember what your celebrating and giving thanks for (no, not a Lions victory, though that wouldn’t hurt).

As usual, the best place for game time conversation and play-by-play game thread is over at SBNation’s Detroit Lions blog .