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Xiomera
12-24-2011, 06:56 PM
**** YEAH. We're in, folks.

noondog
12-24-2011, 07:36 PM
I'm so stoked! Looks like we'll have either the Cowboys or G-men in the first game too...either a very winnable game.

Stafford better get the pro bowl nod over Eli now.

Prowler
12-24-2011, 10:09 PM
I would love to see the Saints beat the Falcons. The Cowboys/Giants would pretty much be a free pass to the divisional round. I would also love to play the 49ers if the Saints could somehow manage to get the bye and we lose to the Packers.

Stafford really looks like he's comfortable. The team was clicking and looked good against a team that was on a little hot streak. Hopefully Green Bay will win and lock things up. They have to be the best matchup for us possible in Week 17. They won't be looking to injure us(except maybe Suh) and hopefully we'll play against Matt Flynn, get the win, and keep momentum while playing an easier team in the playoffs.

This really is momentous. Nothing else can take away that we are a legitimate team. Nobody can deny how well the Lions have played this year and 10-5 instead of limping into the playoffs is another huge accomplishment. I'm proud of the team. They really are earning their place this year and not just hoping it got handed to them.

Xiomera
12-24-2011, 10:59 PM
Well, a Saints win over the Falcons would only mean it'll come down to the final week to determine Detroit's seed. Even if ATL loses to NO, it doesn't secure the Lions the 5th seed as ATL holds the tie-breaker.

WMD
12-25-2011, 01:14 AM
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Scotty D
12-25-2011, 05:23 AM
This may be the best thread on this site ever created.

Xiomera
12-25-2011, 09:39 AM
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Xiomera
12-25-2011, 09:41 AM
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http://www.giantsgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/playoffs.jpg

noondog
12-25-2011, 01:11 PM
This may just be the rum talking, but...I love you guys.

GO LIONS!!!

Seriously, I can't friggin wait for the playoffs.

Iamcanadian
12-27-2011, 01:49 AM
Isn't it great and just think, next year will be even better. This team is just on the verge of greatness with a lot more to come in the future no matter how the playoffs play out.
Remember, 1st year teams in the playoffs have a hard time sometimes as they simply aren't used to the upgraded quality of play. It can take a season to learn to win in the playoffs so I'll try to keep my cool either way it goes.

Prowler
12-27-2011, 08:35 AM
I don't know if it was just the fact that I had just watched Tebow, but Stafford's throws against San Diego were really special and he was really on target. He was throwing darts all game. As Stafford goes, so goes our team. If he can get into that kind of a rhythm again then we should do some damage. I want to supplant and surpass Atlanta as "that good young team with a top QB" in people's minds.

We do have a perfect storybook setting lined up for us now. Week 17 win against a resting Green Bay on the road to build confidence and prepare us for a divisional game rematch. Then hopefully someone beats the Saints and we can beat San Fran and have Schwartz slap Harbaugh's back.

J-Mike88
12-30-2011, 09:31 AM
What are your guys thoughts on the Wildcard game?
Who/where do you want to play, and who not?

We will either play NYG, Dallas, Atlanta, or you guys for our first playoff game on January 15th.
I don't want to see the Giants or you guys. I'll take Dallas or Atlanta.

Xiomera
12-30-2011, 09:50 AM
Lions vs. NFC East winner is much preferable. Detroit would win that game.

J-Mike88
12-30-2011, 10:21 AM
Lions vs. NFC East winner is much preferable. Detroit would win that game.
Would you rather go to the Giants or Cowboys?

Your finish in Dallas was all-time great this year.
I really want to see a rematch of that.... plus it would mean Dallas won that division and then next year on the schedule the Packers come here to play Dallas instead of at NY again.

Xiomera
12-30-2011, 11:44 AM
I'd probably rather face Dallas, if only because the game would be in a dome.

Scotty D
01-02-2012, 12:05 AM
Saturday night 8 PM in the Super Dome. Get your popcorn ready.

Xiomera
01-02-2012, 12:08 AM
Saints 45, Lions 31

Prowler
01-02-2012, 06:16 PM
http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2012/01/detroit_lions_2012_opponents_h.html?utm_source=fee dburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+detroit-lions+%28Detroit+Lions+-+MLive.com%29

Home:

St. Louis Rams

Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Away:

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

Philadelphia Eagles

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

Holy ****, we're going to the playoffs next year too. NFC West and AFC South? Awesome!

Iamcanadian
01-03-2012, 05:32 PM
http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2012/01/detroit_lions_2012_opponents_h.html?utm_source=fee dburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+detroit-lions+%28Detroit+Lions+-+MLive.com%29

Home:

St. Louis Rams

Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Away:

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

Philadelphia Eagles

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

Holy ****, we're going to the playoffs next year too. NFC West and AFC South? Awesome!

Na, it's Super Bowl all the way.

Xiomera
01-07-2012, 05:21 PM
Predictions:

New Orleans 34, Detroit 27
Stafford passes for more yards than Brees
Sproles kickoff or punt returned for a touchdown

noondog
01-07-2012, 06:47 PM
Let's Go Lions!!!

noondog
01-07-2012, 07:17 PM
Best opening drive of the season!

Xiomera
01-07-2012, 09:38 PM
Dropped interceptions, failure to get off the field on third down, atrocious tackling of running backs + a few bad officiating mistakes = Doomed

EDIT: Forgot to add an absent pass rush

bigredballer
01-07-2012, 10:16 PM
We will never win with this defense. For all the talk about the D-line, they haven't gotten much pressure on Brees all night. The linebackers are atrocious, the secondary is even worse. The thing that surprises me most is that no one seems to be able to tackle at all...Schwartz is a defensive coach, I expect changes.

We can't waste any more Stafford to Calvin years.

Pa-the-tic.

Scotty D
01-07-2012, 10:42 PM
Congrats on a good season.

Xiomera
01-07-2012, 10:48 PM
To begin last season, the Lions retained just one defensive back (Delmas) from 2009.

How many (and who) should be retained for 2012?

noondog
01-07-2012, 10:54 PM
Would LOVE to see Jack Del Rio come in to replace old man Gunther.

Disappointing end but a great season nonetheless. Hopefully we get the D fixed and continue to trend upwards.

noondog
01-07-2012, 10:55 PM
To begin last season, the Lions retained just one defensive back (Delmas) from 2009.

How many (and who) should be retained for 2012?

Delmas. Otherwise completely retool the secondary again.

wicket
01-08-2012, 04:03 AM
congrats on a great offensive performance tonight guys. Stafford to Megatron is gonna be something that will haunt division rival fans for many years to come. Not making this game any closer than it was can solely be blamed on your secondary iyam.

either way GG

Prowler
01-08-2012, 05:29 AM
Gunther is fine, lack of depth and not identifying matchups is what killed us. Third down execution and maintaining discipline should be the themes of next season. I did expect an upset, but it was the Saints and they clearly executed better. Good season.

CJSchneider
01-08-2012, 01:23 PM
What a great game. You guys are quickly on your way to having a team that makes the play-offs no problem. Keep in mind, two years ago, you went 0-16, and now you gave us a wake up call in the first half of the wild-card game. That's a huge amount of improvement.

Prowler
01-08-2012, 01:33 PM
After relaxing a bit and watching the highlights on ESPN today...Drew Brees is ridiculous. He made throws that only maybe 3 other quarterbacks can make right now. I don't see any team really shutting them down. Alex Smith is a sack tacking machine that doesn't push the field. I look forward to watching another shootout in the NFC Championship game.

DrunkenLament
01-08-2012, 07:40 PM
Delmas. Otherwise completely retool the secondary again.

I'm still in love with Aaron Berry and would be absolutely crushed to see go. I feel he has a chance to be a good if not great #1 corner for this team. He got burned a couple of times this year but this was his first full season (played a half against the Bears before breaking his collarbone last year if I'm not mistaken).

Iamcanadian
01-09-2012, 11:55 AM
I was really disappointed by the DL, they simply didn't get the job done and hence all the pressure fell on the LB's and DB's to stop NO.
Suh had a horrible season/game, teams have learned how to use his abilities against him and unless he adjusts to what they are doing to him, he will never approach the potential we all thought he had.

Kyle Vanden Bosch disappeared the last part of the season and did zip during the game, suggesting to me that he is over the hill and needs to be replaced.

Corey Williams also failed to stop the run and made our run defense pitiful.

Our LB's were exposed by their inability to pass cover, however a lot of it occurred because the DL failed to pressure Brees. Ditto for our DB's, expecting them to cover receivers with zero pass rush is just an impossibility even for the best of CB's.

I think in the off season, a lot of thought needs to go into the DL for next season, otherwise, we might not be able to take the next step.

Forget CB's in the draft, draft OL ands DL to strengthen up both sides of the ball.

Xiomera
01-09-2012, 11:57 AM
Again, I really think KVB or Corey will be cut. I think KVB is more expendable, but he's regarded as a true leader, so ....

Iamcanadian
01-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Again, I really think KVB or Corey will be cut. I think KVB is more expendable, but he's regarded as a true leader, so ....

Considering we have Fairley and Hill as backups at DT. Corey might well be sacrificed although Vanden Bosch could also go.