SLR Roundtable: Detroit Lions Roster, Preseason Recap, Predictions

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Aug 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the New York Jets in a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

5. With what we’ve seen so far, gun to your head — give me your prediction on the Lions regular season record in 2015.

Platte: 10-6 is a low estimate for me. The offense should be improved, the defense should be fine, above average, this team can win games. The biggest factor is if Joe Lombardi can become even a competent play caller. Late against the Bills, 3rd and 1, Kellen Moore called a timeout despite a favorable look from the defense for a run up the gut. Lombardi called a shotgun pass with Ross as the primary. Ross managed to run a 1 yard route short and then came back to the ball. If it weren’t for penalty, it would have killed the drive. I’m not confident Lombardi is good enough to take this team further than 10-6, 11-5 at most. Having a good playbook doesn’t mean anything if the guy running the show can’t call decent plays.

Stahl: 9-7 or 10-6. I think the Lions will split with Minnesota and Green Bay, lose to SEA and drop 3 or 4 against SD, DEN, AZ and PHI. The first 5 weeks are going to decide if this is a playoff team or not. If we can get 2 or 3 wins out of those 5 games, we’ll be in good shape. I’m expecting a 6-2 finish on the back half of the schedule.

Mac: The Lions look to have a brutal schedule ahead, but I’m predicting a 9-7 record giving the team back to back winning seasons for the first time since the mid 1990’s.

DeGain: I am going to be the guy accused of being a “homer” for this, but I really dont see a team on the schedule that we can’t beat with our offense running strong, and defense just as tough as last year. The only thing I see lackluster is our special teams. I am going with 13-3 on the year.

Payton: With a gun to my head I would have to say the Lions finish 10-6 with a wild card spot. This team has shown a lot of improvement, especially on offense. If they can get the run game going along with all the relieving threats, the sky may be the limit. It all has to translate into the regular season.

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Williams: I’m going to keep this brief, (Sometimes I lie) and say that I am foreseeing a final regular season record of 10-6. A lot of National writers have the Lions behind the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North and often cite the Lions tough schedule and loss of Ndamukong Suh as the beginning of the end. What people often fail to remember about Trendy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Darlings, is that they play a very similar schedule to that of the Lions.

Basically what I’m trying to say is I’m not bought in, and the Lions have a roster that remains just as talented as anyone in the NFL. At this point, it’s all about execution on the field.

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