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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)

2016 Results:

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

Team Info:

2016 Overall:  9-7 (2nd in NFC North)

Home:  6-2
Road:  3-5
North:  3-3
NFC:  7-5
AFC:  2-2

Head Coach:  Jim Caldwell

Detroit:  27-22
Career:  55-47
Playoffs:  2-4

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

2017 Schedule:

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.

Team Grades:

Offense

Quarterbacks:  A
Running Backs:  C
Wide Receivers:  B
Offensive Line:  C

Defense

Defensive Line:  C
Linebackers:  B
Secondary:  C

Special Teams

Kick Returners:  C
Punt Returners:  B
Kickers:  A
Punters:  A

Prediction:

Home:  4-4
Away:  3-5
North:  3-3
NFC:  5-7
AFC:  2-2

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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