The longest off season in NFL history will officially end tonight with the last two Super Bowl winners- The Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints, squaring off in a special edition of Monday Night Football (on Thursday, go figure). In Detroit, we’ll actually be keeping a keen eye on the game since I predict that the Lions will be making the playoffs and might be seeing one these teams when they get there.
With the Lions first game only three days from now, it’s time to file away all those glowing stories of how the Lions are GOING to be the next big thing in the NFL. It’s time to PROVE that the Lions are for real. I have never seen such love for my Detroit Lions like I’ve seen over this off-season. Everywhere you looked, someone was chiming in on how Lions were going to surprise everyone with their play. It’s time to put or shut up.
I predict that the Lions will finish this at 10-6 and make the playoffs as a wild card. I really don’t feel that it was a true 6-10 team last year. Considering how close they were in so many games, I feel like they were more of an 8-8 team. If not for a certain officiating crew in Chicago last year, definitely at a 7-9 team. I just don’t see that many teams that are better than the Leo’s in the NFC. On a good day they can beat anyone.
Things change fast in the NFL, and while my mind says 10-6, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they went 12-4. They have the basic formula for success in this league: a high powered offense coupled with a destructive defensive front four. The key, as always, will be injuries.
I have a new TV sitting in a box in my living room. This season is going to be very special one and I want to see it as clearly as I can. When anyone ask me what I think of this team as it’s constructed, I always say the same thing. “I’ve waited my whole life for THIS team to show up.”