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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:07 am    Post subject: After the Bye- Expectations Reply with quote

With one quarter of the season finished, it appears all is not well in the Lion kingdom. How do you predict the Lions will come out after the break? How will they finish off the season? It's interesting to guage our optimism, or skepticism, at various points throughout the calendar year.

At this point I'm willing to count them down for 6 more victories, meaning they'll finish the remainder of the season .500. I think our offense will show great improvement, but I also believe we're still probably in store for a debilitating injury or two.

I hope to see Reiff starting soon, and I expect to see Broyles added to the mix, especially due to the frequent drops from our intermediate threat Pettigrew. I'm willing to bet we'll see Broyles and Jahvid share the same role. I believe Jahvid's carries will be extremely limited- ranging in the 1-5 per game area.

I think what we've seen from our DEs is basically what we should expect, with maybe slightly more production. Going into the season I thought that group was extremely overrated. Their lack of production really hurts our DTs, because they all need to show some sort of effectiveness for either our DEs or DTs to be as productive as they've been in the past.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're about to enter the toughest stretch of our schedule, so the bye probably came at a good time. We've got two away games against the Eagles and Bears coming up, then at home against Seattle and their surprisingly great defense. We get Jacksonville after that, but it's quite possible we're looking at going 1-3 in the next quarter, too. They've already dropped two fairly winnable contests, so to get back on track they're going to have to pull off a few improbable wins over some teams that are better than they are.

I don't know if we'll see Reiff out there too much, but Broyles is at least getting on the field in a very limited role, so it's possible they're able to mix him in soon. Problem is, he plays largely the same type of role as Burleson, an he's been one of our best players so far this year. I'm really concerned about Titus Young right now. He's invisible on offense. I really though he'd be turning some heads right about now, but aside from that Hail Mary catch, he's got only 8 catches for 71 yards. That's awful production, especially considering the Lions lead the league in passing yardage at this point.

As for Best, I think they'll probably go ahead and ease him back in, but the Lions' RB situation is about as unpredictable as they come right now. Kevin Smith got almost all the snaps at RB in the first two weeks, then he went two straight games without a single touch when Leshoure returned from suspension. Joique Bell, a longshot to make the roster out of training camp, has become our primary backup. I'd like to see him involved in the passing game--that's where I think he does his best work. He's pretty bad when it comes to running between the tackles. I don't expect his carries will be limited to fewer than 5 per game, though. Maybe somewhere in the 8-12 range, depending on how effective Leshoure proves (are we going to get the Leshoure we saw against Tennessee, or the one we saw against Minnesota?).

I would expect they're going to make special teams a focus going forward. They've been so awful that it seems to me like giving opponents the ball on their 40 is a smarter idea than kicking it to them, especially when we have to contend with guys like Hester or Percy Harvin on a regular basis. Either they change some things up, learn to tackle, or just kick the ball out of bounds as often as possible.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I expect that these past four weeks have humbled us. And I expect us to play much better football coming out of the break.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you summed it up nicely.

I think the DE's continue to struggle and the secondary continues to be exposed.

I expect to see Broyles more and his targets will be based on Grew's and Young's performance and how many snaps they give Best.

I'm not as optimistic as you with wins and losses.

I think they lose in Philadelphia and Chicago and probably sneak a win against the Seahawks but could lose that as well. They should beat the Jags so after this quarter they could be 2-6 or 3-5. Either way below expectations and a big dissapointment.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lions better get their act together soon or they're going to have some embarrassing games coming up.

LeSean McCoy is going to be the best RB they've faced up to this point unless you consider AP who wasn't at 100% better than him. I want to see how that matchup goes, and I want to see how the Lions secondary matches up with all of their speed at WR/QB.

Beyond that though they have to play GB twice, Andrew Luck who just embarrassed GB, the Bears twice, and two teams that look to be extremely good in Houston and Atlanta. Other than that they play Jax, Minnesota again on the road, Arizona, and Seattle at home. It could get pretty ugly.
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