Key Players Returning:
QB Matthew Stafford, RB Ameer Abdullah, RB/KR Theo Riddick, WR/PR Golden Tate, WR Marvin Jones, TE Eric Ebron, OC Travis Swanson, OGGraham Glasgow, OT Taylor Decker, DE Ziggy Ansah, DE Kerry Hyder, DT Haloti Ngata, DT A’Shawn Robinson, LB Tahir Whitehead, CB Quandre Diggs, CB Nevin Lawson, CB Darius Slay, FS Glover Quin, SS Tavon Wilson, PK Matt Prater, and PT Sam Martin.
Key Players Departing:
WR Anquan Boldin (UFA), OG Larry Warford (Saints),OT Riley Reiff (Vikings),DE Devin Taylor (UFA), LB Josh Bynes (UFA), LB DeAndre Levy (UFA), LB Kyle Van Noy (Patriots), FS Rafael Bush (Saints), and KR/PR Andre Roberts (Falcons).
Key Players Added:
WR Jared Abbrederis (Packers), OG T.J. Lang (Packers), OT Ricky Wagner (Ravens), DE Cornelius Washington (Bears), LB Paul Worrilow (Falcons), and CB D.J. Hayden (Raiders).
2017 Draft Picks:
Round 1: Pick 21 – LB Jarrad Davis (Florida)
Round 2: Pick 21 – CB Teez Tabor (Florida)
Round 3: Pick 32 – WR Kenny Galloday (Northern Illinois)
Round 4: Pick 18 – LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Tennessee)
Round 4: Pick 21 – TE Michael Roberts (Toldeo)
Round 5: Pick 21 – CB Jamal Agnew (San Diego)
Round 6: Pick 21 – DE Jeremiah Ledbetter (Arkansas)
Round 6: Pick 32 – QB Brad Kaaya (Miami, FL)
Round 7: Pick 32 – DE Pat O’Conner (Eastern Michigan)
W01 at Indianapolis Colts W 39-35
W02 TENNESSEE TITANS L 15-16
W03 at Green Bay Packers L 27-34
W04 at Chicago Bears L 14-17
W05 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES W 24-23
W06 LOS ANGELES RAMS W 31-28
W07 WASHINGTON REDSKINS W 20-17
W08 at Houston Texans L 13-20
W09 at Minnesota Vikings W 22-16(OT)
W11 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS W 26-19
W12 MINNESOTA VIKINGS W 16-3
W13 at New Orleans Saints W 28-13
W14 CHICAGO BEARS W 20-17
W15 at New York Giants L 6-17
W16 at Dallas Cowboys L 21-42
W17 GREEN BAY PACKERS L 24-31
WILD at Seattle Seahawks L 6-26
2016 Overall: 9-7 (2nd in NFC North)
Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
Returning Statistical Leaders:
Passing: Matthew Stafford (388-594, 4327 yards, 65.3%, 7.3 avg., 24 TD, 10 Int.)
Rushing: Theo Riddick (92 car., 357 yards, 3.9 avg., 1 TD)
Receiving: Golden Tate (91 rec., 1077 yards, 11.8 avg., 4 TD)
Yards After Catch: Golden Tate (588)
TD’s Scored: Theo Riddick (6)
Sacks: Kerry Hyder (8)
Tackles: Tahir Whitehead (132)
Interceptions: Glover Quin/Darius Slay/Tavon Wilson (2)
Pass Deflections: Darius Slay (13)
Tackles For Loss: A’Shawn Robinson (5)
Forced Fumbles: Don Carey (2)
Kick Returns: Dwayne Washington (2 ret., 46 yards, 23.0 avg., 0 TD)
Punt Returns: None
Kicking: Matt Prater (31-36 fg/fga., 86%, 31-33 xp/xpa., 124 pts.)
Punting: Sam Martin (62 punts, 3010 yards, 44.2 avg., 23 in20)
Projected Offensive Starters:
QB: 09 Matthew Stafford
RB: 21 Ameer Abdullah
WR: 15 Golden Tate
WR: 11 Marvin Jones
WR: NA Jared Abbrederis
TE: 85 Eric Ebron
LT: 68 Taylor Decker
LG: 60 Graham Glasgow
OC: 64 Travis Swanson
RG: 00 T.J. Lang
RT: 00 Ricky Wagner
KR: 36 Dwayne Washington
PK: 05 Matt Prater
Projected Defensive Starters:
DE: NA Cornelius Washington
DT: 91 A’Shawn Robinson
DT: 92 Haloti Ngata
DE: 94 Ziggy Ansah
LB: NA Paul Warrilow
LB: NA Jared Davis
LB: 59 Tahir Whitehead
CB: 23 Darius Slay
CB: NA D.J. Hayden
FS: 27 Glover Quin
SS: 32 Tavon Wilson
PR: 15 Golden Tate
PT: 06 Sam Martin
09/10 1:00pm ARIZONA CARDINALS | Detroit trails the series 9-17. The Lions lost (17-42) the last meeting between teams in 2015, and their last series win (29-21) was in 2005.
09/18 8:30pm at New York Giants | Detroit trails the series 9-12. The Lions are 1-4 since 2007, and their last series road win (28-13) was in 2004.
09/24 1:00pm ATLANTA FALCONS | Detroit leads the series 24-12. The Lions won (22-21) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series home win (30-14) was in 2006.
10/01 1:00pm at Minnesota Vikings | Detroit trails the series 31-69-1. The Lions are 9-11 since 2007, and their last series road loss (16-26) was in 2015.
10/08 1:00pm CAROLINA PANTHERS | Detroit trails the series 2-5. The Lions lost (7-24) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their only series home loss (20-21) was in 2005.
10/15 1:00pm at New Orleans Saints | The series is tied 12-12-1. The Lions are 6-5 since 1997, and their last series road loss (278-45) was in 2011.
10/29 8:30pm PITTSBURGH STEELERS | Detroit trails the series 2-12. The Lions lost (27-37) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series win (19-16) was in 1998.
11/06 8:30pm at Green Bay Packers | Detroit trails the series 40-60-4. The Lions are 4-16 since 2007, and their last series road win (18-16) was in 2015.
11/12 1:00pm CLEVELAND BROWNS | Detroit leads the series 10-3. The Lions won (31-17) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their only series home loss (26-31) was in 1983.
11/19 1:00pm at Chicago Bears | The series is tied 50-50-1. The Lions are 10-10 since 2007, and their last series road win (24-20) was in 2015.
11/23 12:30pm MINNESOTA VIKINGS | The Lions last series home loss (19-28) was in 2015.
12/03 1:00pm at Baltimore Ravens | Detroit trails the series 1-3. The Lions lost (16-18) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their only series win (35-17) was in 2005.
12/10 1:00pm at Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Detroit leads the series 30-27. The Lions won (34-17) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series road loss (13-17) was in 2005.
12/16 4:30pm CHICAGO BEARS | The Lions last series home loss (24-26) was in 2012.
12/24 1:00pm at Cincinnati Bengals | Detroit trails the series 3-8. The Lions lost (24-27) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series win (19-13) was in 1992.
12/31 1:00pm GREEN BAY PACKERS | The Lions last series home win (19-7) was in 2014.
Running Backs: C
Wide Receivers: B
Offensive Line: C
Defensive Line: C
Kick Returners: C
Punt Returners: B
Overall: 7-9 (3rd in NFC North)
Grades: A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Average
UFA: Unrestricted Free Agent
Series Histories: Histories are from the inception of the first Super Bowl season through present day.
Meetings prior to 1966 are not included. Playoff wins are included in the year the season took place. For example, if a team won a wildcard game in January of 2016, the game will be listed under the 2015 season.
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