Lions SRD – Facing The Firing Squad

In the latest edition of Lions SRD, Ben and Marty discuss the recent firing of Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and the firing of offensive line coach Ron Prince, the risk of the Lions wanting to win championships, who would you rather extend: Eric Ebron or Ziggy Ansah, team MVP on offense and defense, getting you caught up on the coaching interviews and a lack of Josh McDaniels.

LIONS SRD: Week 12 in Foxboro Could Be Season Changing for Lions

In this episode, Ben Szilagy and Roger Castillo discuss the week 11 loss against the Arizona Cardinals, preview the matchup against the New England Patriots and take a look around the league. Hear all of this and more on Lions SRD.

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SZILAGY: Lions 2014 Season Preview and Predictions (Part II)

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After Part I of the Lions Preview and Predictions, the team is having a sub .500 season, but swing games can make or break you in this league, and the Lions getting two weeks to recover from their trip to London with lots to work on could help.

How will the Lions finish the 2014 season?

Week Ten: Home vs. the Miami Dolphins

This game is the definition of a swing game if I’ve ever seen one. The Lions are home after a tumultuous trip to England, and they need to right the ship (no pun intended) if they want to stay in any hope of a playoff run.

The Lions should start to iron out some kinks and could receive some help should the Lions want to trade players before the trade deadline, which they can orchestrate on the flight home.

Those players could impact and adapt quickly from the bye giving the Lions new life.

Prediction: Win (4-5)

Week Eleven: Away vs. the Arizona Cardinals

The Lions aren’t very good against the Cardinals. Arizona is riding a five game win streak winning four of those in Arizona. To put it simply, the University of Phoenix stadium is a house of horrors for the Lions.

The Lions need to show improvement, and win in places that they usually don’t find success in. The Lions should improve to .500 in this swing game.

Prediction: Win (5-5)

Tom Brady (Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

Tom Brady (Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

Week Twelve: Away vs. the New England Patriots

The Lions have climbed back to .500 that magical number (I’m sensing a theme here).

The New England Patriots usually a steadfast team. That’s when they had Wes Welker and both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Welker has since left town, and Hernandez ran with the wrong crowd.

Newcomers Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola should help the Patriots a little bit and Julian Edelman is always a threat in the passing game.

But this isn’t your father’s Patriots, and Gronk needs to stay healthy if this team wants to compete.

Lions may steal one in New England.

Prediction:  Win (6-5)

Week Thirteen: Home vs. the Chicago Bears

It’s strange when the Lions and Bears meet this late in the season for the first time. Usually these teams face each other once or twice before Thanksgiving.

The last time these two teams met for a turkey matinee was in 1999, and the Lions beat the Bears 21-17. The Bears and Lions have been in an arms race recently, and it has rekindled a new dimension in the rivalry between the cities.

The Lions won on Thanksgiving last season against a depleted Packers team, but making it two in a row is tough.

Prediction: Win (7-5)

Week Fourteen: Home vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have found new life and new style with Lovie Smith taking over for a crestfallen Greg Schiano regime. Tampa Bay has a new head coach and a new look since they redesigned their uniforms.

This match-up will not favor Detroit because Tampa Bay features a good passing game, which will haunt the Lions unless help in the secondary comes. Last season Doug Martin didn’t impress, and the Lions still lost a close game.

Lovie makes the difference here, in my opinion.

Prediction: Loss (7-6)

Week Fifteen: Home vs. the Minnesota Vikings

If you recall from part one of the season prediction for the Lions, the Lions dropped the game on the road in Minnesota. The Lions are in the thick of a wildcard run, and they will wrap up the season against NFC North division opponents.

The division should be in the Packers control by now, but the Lions knew that after the loss against Tampa Bay. Detroit gets revenge at home.

Prediction: Win (8-6)

Jay Cutler (Mike Morbeck/Wikimedia Commons)

Jay Cutler (Mike Morbeck/Wikimedia Commons)

Week Sixteen: Away vs. the Chicago Bears

The Lions are in the driver’s seat of their own destiny at this point, which is a similar situation the Lions were in last season. A lot of questions will circle the Lions at this point: Who is healthy? Are they disciplined? Can they win on the road?

At this point the Lions are 4-2 on the road, which is a tough task in the NFL. The Lions and Bears are fighting for the wildcard spot, and the Bears edge out the Lions for a week.

Prediction: Loss (8-7)

Week Seventeen: Away vs. the Green Bay Packers

The Lions have a hard time winning in Green Bay. Everyone knows that.

However, Green Bay should have locked up a playoff spot at this point, and should be resting their starters. That’s why this game is interesting.

The last time the Lions faced Matt Flynn in Green Bay, Detroit secured Flynn’s financial future when he threw for six touchdowns. The Lions again control their own destiny, and need a win to secure a chance at the Wild Card.

The Lions’ demons could haunt them for another season.

Prediction: Win (9-7)

The Lions have enough talent on this team to compete with anyone in the league. The Achilles’ heel is going to be their secondary until the Lions finally address it. The Lions should receive a gift from the Packers in the last game of the season, which would otherwise be a certified loss.

Jim Caldwell needs to show that he’s the right hire, and can do that with a winning season, and a fight for the wild card.

PODCAST: Lions SRD (August 23, 2013)

In this episode of Lions SRD, Ben and Mike discuss the Lions third preseason game and which players have been surprises and disappointments so far.

Lions SRD (08-23-13)