Key Additions: Trey Flowers, Justin Coleman, Jesse James, Danny Amendola, C.J. Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Andrew Adams, Oday Aboushi, Tommylee Lewis, Rashaan Melvin, Logan Thomas, Tom Savage
Key Departures: Ezekiel Ansah, Nevin Lawson, Nick Bellore, Kerry Hyder, Eli Harold, Luke Wilson, Glover Quin
Key Returns: Romeo Okwara, Marcus Cooper, Zach Zenner, Don Muhlbach, Andrew Donnal
|Week 1||Sept. 8th 4:25 PM ET||@ Arizona Cardinals (FOX)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)|
|Week 3||Sept. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Kansas City Chiefs (FOX)|
|Week 5||Bye Week|
|Week 6||Oct. 14th 8:15 PM ET||@ Green Bay Packers (ESPN)|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Minnesota Vikings (FOX)|
|Week 8||Oct. 27th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New York Giants (FOX)|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 4:05 PM ET||@ Oakland Raiders (FOX)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 1:00 PM ET||@ Chicago Bears (CBS)|
|Week 11||Nov. 17th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Dallas Cowboys (FOX)|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 1:00 PM ET||@ Washington Redskins (FOX)|
|Week 13||Nov. 28th 12:30 PM ET||vs. Chicago Bears (FOX)|
|Week 14||Dec. 8th 1:00 PM ET||@ Minnesota Vikings (FOX)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)|
|Week 16||TBD||@ Denver Broncos|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Green Bay Packers (FOX)|
Going into 2018 the Detroit Lions were filled with optimism, unfortunately, things did not pan out the way they hoped when they finished 6-10. Looking to give Stafford more weapons since trading their best receiver, Golden Tate, the Lions drafted tight end T.J. Hockenson (Iowa). With the rest of their draft they chose to build more upon their defense by adding linebacker Jahlani Tavai (Hawaii), and safety Will Harris (Boston College). Looking to build off a quality defense, the Lions used the offseason to add more depth on both offense and defense.
The Lions lost pro-bowl defensive end Ezekiel Ansah in free agency to the Seahawks but were able to sign emerging superstar Trey Flowers to a 5-year $90 million deal. They also were able to resign defensive end Romero Okwara to a two-year deal. With Flowers, Okwara, Da’Shawn Hand, and rookie Austin Bryant on the outside, the Lions will look to improve upon a defense that ranked 11th in sacks last season. With a rush defense that ranked 10th, the addition of Jahlani Tavai should provide more depth to their linebacker corps. Tavai has an opportunity to finish the season starting alongside Jarrad Davis and solid pass rusher Devon Kennard. The Lions were also able to sign former Seattle Seahawks corner, Justin Coleman, to a four-year deal, then safety Andrew Adams, and corner Rashaan Melvin. The Lions are poised to become a strong pass defense with the additions of Coleman and Melvin to their secondary that includes standouts like Quandre Diggs, and pro-bowler Darius Slay. With added depth and many returning starters, the Lions have the potential to become one of the premier defenses in the NFL.
After having a struggling offense the Lions fired Jim Bob Cooter, and hired former Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell. The loss of Golden Tate gave the Lions fewer weapons for Matthew Stafford. With a passing offense that ranked 20th in the NFL, the Lions looked to add more depth to a receiver corps that includes emerging star Kenny Golladay and veteran Marvin Jones. The Lions added Danny Amendola, Jermaine Kearse, Tommylee Lewis, and tight end, Jesse James. With the addition of Amendola and Kearse, the Lions add veterans who can step in and be short-range targets next to their big-play guys in Golladay and Jones. T.J. Hockenson will add a lot of size and pressure to opposing linebackers and safeties, which will open up more running lanes for running back Kerryon Johnson.
With the Lions having more weapons on the outside, and a healthy offensive line, Johnson is poised to have a big year. Looking to become a run-first offense, the Lions also added C.J. Anderson as a back up. Theo Riddick will serve as the third running back, but we know how dangerous he can be in the passing game. With all five starting offensive linemen returning, the addition of Oday Aboushi, and a stronger presence at tight end, the Lions should be able to protect Stafford. Adding more depth at wide receiver and running back, the Lions have the ability to become a more balanced offense this season.
Going into his second year, Patricia will look to turn things around and have a winning season. The Lions will be a defense worth seeing this season as they added a ton of depth to an already good defense. On the offensive side of the ball, they should be able to do better than last year, since they have more depth at their skill positions. It’s going to be tough for the Lions to make the playoffs given the strength of the NFC North, but with their added depth on both sides of the ball, the Lions could steal some games here and there, and finish with a winning record.