Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions


1 - 3
record
1481
ironrank

Standings Prediction

Won't stay at #4
The Lions will rise in their division.
NFC
NFL #14/16
IronRank #9/16
NFC North
NFL #4/4
IronRank #2/4

Lions Schedule

2018-2019 Season
Date Opponent Prediction Result
Week 1
Monday, Sep 10
New York Jets vs Jets WIN 17-48 LOSS
Week 2
Sunday, Sep 16
San Francisco 49ers at 49ers LOSS 30-27 LOSS
Week 3
Sunday, Sep 23
New England Patriots vs Patriots LOSS 26-10 WIN
Week 4
Sunday, Sep 30
Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys LOSS 26-24 LOSS
Week 5
Sunday, Oct 7
Green Bay Packers vs Packers WIN
Week 7
Sunday, Oct 21
Miami Dolphins at Dolphins LOSS
Week 8
Sunday, Oct 28
Seattle Seahawks vs Seahawks WIN
Week 9
Sunday, Nov 4
Minnesota Vikings at Vikings LOSS
Week 10
Sunday, Nov 11
Chicago Bears at Bears LOSS
Week 11
Sunday, Nov 18
Carolina Panthers vs Panthers WIN
Week 12
Thursday, Nov 22
Chicago Bears vs Bears WIN
Week 13
Sunday, Dec 2
Los Angeles Rams vs Rams LOSS
Week 14
Sunday, Dec 9
Arizona Cardinals at Cardinals WIN
Week 15
Sunday, Dec 16
Buffalo Bills at Bills WIN
Week 16
Sunday, Dec 23
Minnesota Vikings vs Vikings WIN
Week 17
Sunday, Dec 30
Green Bay Packers at Packers LOSS

Predicted Ranking for 2018-19 Season

#2
div. rank
#9
conf. rank
8-8-0
record

Lions OFFENSIVE STRENGTHS

How the Lions compare to the teams within their conference

passing

#4 Lions
8.8
NFC
7.3
Great passing by the Lions:
411 yds Oct 29, 2017 vs Steelers
281 yds Oct 15, 2017 at Saints
253 yds Sep 24, 2017 vs Falcons

rushing

#15 Lions
4.9
NFC
7.1
Great rushing by the Lions:
96 yds Sep 30, 2018 at Cowboys
159 yds Sep 23, 2018 vs Patriots
98 yds Sep 16, 2018 at 49ers

red zone performance

#14 Lions
5.5
NFC
6.6
Great red zone performance by the Lions:
67% Dec 16, 2017 vs Bears
67% Oct 8, 2017 vs Panthers
100% Sep 10, 2017 vs Cardinals

scoring points

#5 Lions
7.6
NFC
6.9
High points scored by the Lions:
26 pts Sep 23, 2018 vs Patriots
38 pts Oct 15, 2017 at Saints
26 pts Sep 24, 2017 vs Falcons

Lions Stats

How the Lions compare to the teams within their conference
Passing Offense
293
yds/game
#10
of 32
Rushing Offense
98
yds/game
#21
of 32
Red Zone Efficiency
33
%
#35
of 32
Fumbles Caused
4
fum
#21
of 32
Interceptions
2
int
#24
of 32
Sacks
13
sacks
#7
of 32

Iron Rank Over Time

See how the Lions match up against popular competitors

History

The Detroit Lions play in the National Football Conference in the NFL and are one of the league’s oldest franchises. The team began playing as an independent team in Portsmouth, Ohio and were known as the Spartans. They played three seasons from 1929 until 1931, when they were purchased by George Richards and then moved to Detroit. Richards renamed the team, calling them the Lions. He said that the lion was the monarch of the jungle and his team would be the monarch of the NFL.

The Lions won the first of their four NFL Championships in 1935. However, they did not capture another title during the decade. During the 1940’s, the team struggled very badly on the field. The 1942 campaign saw the team go 0 to 11 and score just five touchdowns the entire year.  

The club became dominant in the 1950’s led by star quarterback Bobby Layne. The franchise claimed league titles in 1952, 1953, and again in 1957. In 1958, Bobby Lane was traded and on his departure, stated that the Lions would not win a playoff game for another fifty years. This became known as the curse of Bobby Lane, and the Lions have won just one playoff game since 1957.

The franchise is also the only NFL club to have a winless season since the sixteen game schedule was brought into effect.

In 1972, the Lions played their final game at Tigers Stadium and moved into the Pontiac Silver Dome. The Silver Dome served as the Lions’ home until 2002 when the club moved into Ford Field. The franchise is currently owned by William Clay Ford Jr. and was formerly owned by his father William Clay Ford Sr., who had purchased the team in 1963. Unfortunately, the Lions have seen little success on the field under this ownership.

The 1990’s was the club’s most promising decade, as they were led by star running back Barry Sanders. Sanders led the NFL in rushing yards four times as a member of the Lions and ranks third all time in NFL rushing yards. They team won its first playoff game since 1957 during the 1990’s but were unable to go any further. In addition to Sanders, the Lions have 13 other former team members who are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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