After a disappointing start to the season, going 1 – 7 in their first eight games, the Lions pulled it together in the second half of 2015, finishing at 7 – 9. With star receiver Calvin Johnson mulling retirement according to a number of reports, Detroit, and new Offensive Coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, may be moving into 2016 without one of the iconic figures from the modern game.
Nice and Easy
The visit of Tennessee is likely to be the easiest game on the Lions’ schedule in the coming year. Although the Titans have a franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, and will likely add protection in the draft in the shape of Laremy Tunsil, there is a reason that they have the #1 overall pick in the draft. The lack of depth in terms of talent and the uniquely uninspired hiring of Mike Mularkey as head coach look to set the Titans on course for another disappointing year. The Lions will win this one, Megatron or no Megatron.
This is the NFC North. The Black and Blue division is home to some of the oldest, and fiercest, rivalries in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings won the division in 2015, and are probably as of right now the team to beat. Although an argument could be made for the Packers, Minnesota slightly edge them in terms of talent, and coach Mike Zimmer has turned them into a real contender. Although nothing can be taken for granted in the NFL, especially in divisional games, the Vikings will be very hard to beat in their new stadium.
The proud tradition of Thanksgiving football in Detroit means that the Lions are in the national spotlight at least once a year, and in 2015 smashed the Philadelphia Eagles 45 – 14. As part of the league’s welcoming back into the fold of Los Angeles, it may well be that the Rams are chosen to play in Detroit to give added exposure to the league’s shiny ‘new’ toy.