Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions


9 - 7
record
1443
ironrank

Standings Prediction

Will stay at #2
The Lions will hold their position in their division.
NFC
NFL #6/16
IronRank #6/16
NFC North
NFL #2/4
IronRank #2/4

Lions Schedule

2016-2017 Season
Date Opponent Prediction Result
Week 1
Sunday, Sep 11
Indianapolis Colts at Colts LOSS 35-39 WIN
Week 2
Sunday, Sep 18
Tennessee Titans vs Titans WIN 15-16 LOSS
Week 3
Sunday, Sep 25
Green Bay Packers at Packers LOSS 34-27 LOSS
Week 4
Sunday, Oct 2
Chicago Bears at Bears WIN 17-14 LOSS
Week 5
Sunday, Oct 9
Philadelphia Eagles vs Eagles LOSS 24-23 WIN
Week 6
Sunday, Oct 16
Los Angeles Rams vs Rams WIN 31-28 WIN
Week 7
Sunday, Oct 23
Washington Redskins vs Redskins WIN 20-17 WIN
Week 8
Sunday, Oct 30
Houston Texans at Texans LOSS 20-13 LOSS
Week 9
Sunday, Nov 6
Minnesota Vikings at Vikings LOSS 16-22 WIN
Week 11
Sunday, Nov 20
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Jaguars WIN 26-19 WIN
Week 12
Thursday, Nov 24
Minnesota Vikings vs Vikings WIN 16-13 WIN
Week 13
Sunday, Dec 4
New Orleans Saints at Saints LOSS 13-28 WIN
Week 14
Sunday, Dec 11
Chicago Bears vs Bears WIN 20-17 WIN
Week 15
Sunday, Dec 18
New York Giants at Giants LOSS 17-6 LOSS
Week 16
Monday, Dec 26
Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys LOSS 42-21 LOSS
Week 17
Sunday, Jan 1
Green Bay Packers vs Packers LOSS 24-31 LOSS
Wild Card
Saturday, Jan 7
Seattle Seahawks at Seahawks LOSS 26-6 LOSS

Predicted Ranking for 2016-17 Season

#2
div. rank
#6
conf. rank
9-7-0
record

Lions OFFENSIVE STRENGTHS

How the Lions compare to the teams within their conference

passing

#6 Lions
7.5
NFC
7.0
Great passing by the Lions:
332 yds Jan 1, 2017 vs Packers
337 yds Dec 4, 2016 at Saints
263 yds Nov 20, 2016 vs Jaguars

rushing

#17 Lions
4.3
NFC
6.6
Great rushing by the Lions:
90 yds Dec 26, 2016 at Cowboys
114 yds Dec 11, 2016 vs Bears
85 yds Dec 4, 2016 at Saints

red zone performance

#8 Lions
7.8
NFC
7.4
Great red zone performance by the Lions:
67% Jan 1, 2017 vs Packers
75% Dec 26, 2016 at Cowboys
83% Dec 21, 2015 at Saints

scoring points

#12 Lions
6.5
NFC
7.2
High points scored by the Lions:
28 pts Dec 4, 2016 at Saints
24 pts Oct 9, 2016 vs Eagles
35 pts Dec 21, 2015 at Saints

Lions Stats

How the Lions compare to the teams within their conference
Passing Offense
257
yds/game
#11
of 32
Rushing Offense
82
yds/game
#31
of 32
Red Zone Efficiency
54
%
#17
of 32
Fumbles Caused
12
fum
#31
of 32
Interceptions
10
int
#25
of 32
Sacks
26
sacks
#32
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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