Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions


9 - 7
record
1527
ironrank

Standings Prediction

Will stay at #2
The Lions will hold their position in their division.
NFC
NFL #7/16
IronRank #7/16
NFC North
NFL #2/4
IronRank #2/4

Lions Schedule

2017-2018 Season
Date Opponent Prediction Result
Week 1
Sunday, Sep 10
Arizona Cardinals vs Cardinals WIN 35-23 WIN
Week 2
Monday, Sep 18
New York Giants at Giants LOSS 10-24 WIN
Week 3
Sunday, Sep 24
Atlanta Falcons vs Falcons LOSS 26-30 LOSS
Week 4
Sunday, Oct 1
Minnesota Vikings at Vikings LOSS 7-14 WIN
Week 5
Sunday, Oct 8
Carolina Panthers vs Panthers WIN 24-27 LOSS
Week 6
Sunday, Oct 15
New Orleans Saints at Saints LOSS 52-38 LOSS
Week 8
Sunday, Oct 29
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Steelers WIN 15-20 LOSS
Week 9
Monday, Nov 6
Green Bay Packers at Packers LOSS 17-30 WIN
Week 10
Sunday, Nov 12
Cleveland Browns vs Browns WIN 38-24 WIN
Week 11
Sunday, Nov 19
Chicago Bears at Bears WIN 24-27 WIN
Week 12
Thursday, Nov 23
Minnesota Vikings vs Vikings WIN 23-30 LOSS
Week 13
Sunday, Dec 3
Baltimore Ravens at Ravens LOSS 44-20 LOSS
Week 14
Sunday, Dec 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buccaneers LOSS 21-24 WIN
Week 15
Saturday, Dec 16
Chicago Bears vs Bears WIN 20-10 WIN
Week 16
Sunday, Dec 24
Cincinnati Bengals at Bengals WIN 26-17 LOSS
Week 17
Sunday, Dec 31
Green Bay Packers vs Packers WIN 35-11 WIN

Predicted Ranking for 2017-18 Season

#2
div. rank
#7
conf. rank
9-7-0
record

Lions OFFENSIVE STRENGTHS

How the Lions compare to the teams within their conference

passing

#3 Lions
8.5
NFC
6.8
Great passing by the Lions:
281 yds Oct 15, 2017 at Saints
253 yds Sep 24, 2017 vs Falcons
332 yds Jan 1, 2017 vs Packers

rushing

#17 Lions
4.3
NFC
7.7
Great rushing by the Lions:
104 yds Nov 12, 2017 vs Browns
97 yds Oct 1, 2017 at Vikings
90 yds Dec 26, 2016 at Cowboys

red zone performance

#5 Lions
7.6
NFC
7.1
Great red zone performance by the Lions:
100% Sep 10, 2017 vs Cardinals
67% Jan 1, 2017 vs Packers
75% Dec 26, 2016 at Cowboys

scoring points

#4 Lions
8.2
NFC
7.2
High points scored by the Lions:
38 pts Oct 15, 2017 at Saints
26 pts Sep 24, 2017 vs Falcons
35 pts Sep 10, 2017 vs Cardinals

Lions Stats

How the Lions compare to the teams within their conference
Passing Offense
261
yds/game
#7
of 32
Rushing Offense
76
yds/game
#35
of 32
Red Zone Efficiency
57
%
#11
of 32
Fumbles Caused
20
fum
#17
of 32
Interceptions
19
int
#4
of 32
Sacks
35
sacks
#21
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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