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"Old School" Drew - Lions' 2012 Outlook

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Not to shoplift or plagiarize from simcity's "On Paper", but I figured I would share my findings on what started as a harmless little exercise - all because I was concerned about how we matched up with the St. Louis Rams next week. In a nutshell, I started to worry a touch that this "gimmie" opener against the Rams was going to blow up in our faces and decided to do some real "research" about how good we looked on paper versus the Rams. I took each of the offensive and defensive units and gave them a grade similar to basic educational grading (i.e. A range = 90-100, B range = 80-89, etc). I broke them down in categories, gave them weighted averages and then pitted the offenses against the defenses, using a point system to calculate scores. Pretty high-tech (not really), but if anything, it seemed a pretty fair representation of each team. It also allowed me to get to know the teams we are going to face pretty well from a roster standpoint as well as give me some sort of starting point with respect to my own expectations for the year. After I did the Rams, I went on the Niner's game and then kept going. What resulted was the following ginormous post that gives me goosebumps thinking back to my "old school" Drewslions’ posts. Newbies haven't gotten the flavor of that yet.

To get started, I will explain first how I graded the Lions. I think I am always harder on myself when it comes to things like job evaluations and I think that rubbed off on the Lions' grades. At least, I hope so... because that means I underestimated them, which would be good - because the results weren't as positive as I hoped. I'll show you the individual grades for each position group and why I chose them. I won't go into that much detail for the opponents, but I will show grades (so you all can argue with me about how little I know and how wrong I am) and give a little blurb about each game. Once again, this is a mega-post and not for the faint of heart. Honestly, I think the only reason I am posting this is so I don't feel like I wasted a bunch of hours I don't have on something that matters so little… lol. So without further adieu....

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Quarterback

92

Stafford is clearly on the way to being elite, if not already there. He is still young, so there is some room for errors/growth, but there is no doubt that Stafford is a top five quarterback in this league. He's a solid A- that could be an A+.

Rushing

77

I think a little more highly of the running game than most, with or without Jahvid Best. Come week three, we will have LeShoure, Smith, Williams and Bell and to me, that is more than enough to have a solid, yet unspectacular run game. If anything, this may be a huge undersell, because LeShoure could be a star. This ranking is more about injury and unknowns and until we know more, I’m staying around a C+ type of grade. Could easily be more like 85 by mid-season.

Receiving

96

In my mind, this is the best receiving corps in the league… yes, better than Green Bay. Obviously, Calvin is uncoverable, but it is so much deeper than that. There's no need to spend a lot of time rehashing this one, Stafford has more weapons than any quarterback in the league, period.

Offensive Line

79

At times, this unit is competent - good even. But until I see consistent run blocking, I can't give them anything other than an average grade. They are a C+ squad a lot of the time with a few B-type games here and there. If anything, I could see Backus and/or Raoila start to regress and if Backus is replaced by Reiff that may not be an immediate improvement.

Offensive Grade (weighted):

86.9

Defensive Line

92

This grade should be an easy A+, but it's not. This particular defense requires that these four get constant pressure. It's a bit of an enigma why they don't. We have the players (on paper) and the depth, but last year it didn't fully translate to an A group. Let's hope that a healthy Nick Fairley, a refocused Suh and a money-hungry Avril can be this year what we expected from this squad last year. All that said, they are still one of the best lines in the league. Fact is, they should be a 98, not a 92.

Linebackers

84

I want to make this group higher, but I can't in good conscience do that until the run defense is better. I feel like Levy is the liability in run coverage and Durant is the liability in pass coverage. Tulloch is a stud and makes this group so much better. He gets hurt and we are in trouble. Looks like we have solid depth here, though, so I think the future is bright if Levy or Durant begins to struggle.

Secondary

74

This grade may be a bit high or a bit low, depending on your view. In my opinion, there is a concern, but not enough to worry about. Why? Because aside from Houston, the squad of corners is totally new and relatively unknown. It's been a strange preseason with highs and lows and one of the potential starters (Florence) wasn't even here for it, so no one really has any idea what to expect. I will say this... this rating might be too high if Delmas and Houston aren't healthy. Yikes.

Special Teams

82

Early in the preseason, things looked bleak in the special teams department. I feel better after the last two games, but I somehow feel that this isn't going to be a strength for us this year. Hansen will be good as always, but Graham is a bit hot and cold. Logan didn't do much last year and with the kickoff rules still in effect, I don't expect a huge change. The Lions kept guys like Osgood and Ronnell Lewis on the roster solely for ST, so their coverage better be improved.

Defensive/ST Grade (weighted):

83.1

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So now, onto the actual opponents. When looking at the "against the Lions" grades, these represent how far over or under the Lions’ weighted average the opponent grades out. Negatives are good things, meaning the opponent’s offense grades out lower than our defense or vice versa. There are some other factors taken into account – such as home field advantage, scheme, etc. – to come up with the scores and weightings and not all data or factors are shown. What follows is a week 1-17 breakdown of our opponents and how they virtually stack up against us in my mind.

Just a note… I am a harsh grader. I don’t give out easy A’s and remember, the grade is consolidated (i.e. I take all positions and depth of rushers and receivers), so while a team like the 49ers has Patrick Willis, they also lost Parys Haralson for the year. Just remember that as you look at the rankings. The only ranking that doesn’t have multiple factors is the quarterback.

vs St. Louis Rams

Wk1

Quarterback

82

Defensive Line

86

Rushing

87

Linebackers

78

Receiving

72

Secondary

82

Offensive Line

73

Special Teams

77

Offensive Grade:

79.0

Defensive/ST Grade:

81.1

Against Lions' Defense:

-4.1

Against Lions' Offense

-5.8

Final Score:

W

37-10

Record: 1-0

The story on the Rams is about two things: how well this up-and-coming defense plays and whether or not you can trust Sam Bradford to have a big day. I have our defenses at basically a wash, but there is no way in my mind that Bradford and his shaky group of receivers can keep up with Stafford and Co. Once we pull ahead and take Jackson out of the mix, I think it will be over.

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@ San Francisco 49ers

Wk2

Quarterback

85

Defensive Line

89

Rushing

91

Linebackers

92

Receiving

84

Secondary

87

Offensive Line

88

Special Teams

86

Offensive Grade:

86.7

Defensive/ST Grade:

88.7

Against Lions' Defense:

3.6

Against Lions' Offense

1.9

Final Score:

L

14-30

Record: 1-1

Unfortunately, the scoring model used was created with the idea to stick by the numbers regardless of your homerism... and they don't match up well for the Lions. Given the fact this is on the West Coast is disadvantage number one, but I think we could be staring at one of the best defenses in the league and I may have been generously low on my scoring of them here. Offensively, I think very little of Alex Smith and this patchwork receiving corps outside of Vernon Davis, but that run game is still a concern. I think it's tough for our defense to match up against decent offenses that have good balance. Could be a long night under the national scrutiny of Sunday Night Football. Just more pundit hatred of the Lions coming our way....

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@ Tennessee Titans

Wk3

Quarterback

79

Defensive Line

82

Rushing

86

Linebackers

84

Receiving

81

Secondary

85

Offensive Line

89

Special Teams

83

Offensive Grade:

83.1

Defensive/ST Grade:

83.5

Against Lions' Defense:

0.0

Against Lions' Offense

-3.3

Final Score:

W

30-24

Record: 2-1

Luckily for the Lions, we get an inexperienced Jake Locker early in the year. Personally, I think his starting has less to do with beating out Hasselbeck and more to do with draft position. This is a good offensive line with an inconsistent Chris Johnson, who feels a long time removed from CJ2K. Still, I don't want to underestimate him. What I did underestimate is this defense that everyone feels so good about with Tennessee. I simply don't see it. Looks young and patchwork to me. Maybe they surprise, but it feels like a one score win to me and the scoring model says the same.

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vs Minnesota Vikings

Wk4

Quarterback

80

Defensive Line

89

Rushing

88

Linebackers

84

Receiving

84

Secondary

81

Offensive Line

82

Special Teams

87

Offensive Grade:

83.0

Defensive/ST Grade:

85.1

Against Lions' Defense:

-0.1

Against Lions' Offense

-1.8

Final Score:

W

31-24

Record: 3-1

I think this will be a closer game than one would like. I am anticipating that AP is back in the starting line-up at about 75% - which is still better than most running backs in this league. The issue for the Vikings is Ponder at quarterback. No way he keeps up if they are forced to pass and if that's the case, he'll get picked a time or two. The Vikings' defense concerns me, though, and the numbers prove that out. They have a good pass rush and adequate coverage. Did I ever tell you about my hated for Jared Allen? It's legendary. Watch out for points out of the Vikings' special teams department too. All-in-all, it's another close Lions' win to close out the first quarter of football with a 3-1 record.

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@ Philadelphia Eagles

Wk6

Quarterback

87

Defensive Line

88

Rushing

91

Linebackers

84

Receiving

86

Secondary

87

Offensive Line

84

Special Teams

78

Offensive Grade:

87.0

Defensive/ST Grade:

84.8

Against Lions' Defense:

3.9

Against Lions' Offense

-2.0

Final Score:

L

17-24

Record: 3-2

A 3-2 record is not going to feel very good, but two tough losses on the road to good teams isn't any reason to feel ashamed. This Eagles team - to me - looks pretty good. Of course, it all hinges on Michael Vick's health. This game is relatively early in the season, so I am going to count him at 100%. I think our defensive line should have some success, but he's just not your average pocket QB and that always works against the Lions with the type of defense we play. That run threat keeps our defense too neutralized. You just can't blitz him. I think the game stays close, but in the end, if we can't run the ball, Stafford is going to have a tough day in a rough environment.

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@ Chicago Bears

Wk7

Quarterback

86

Defensive Line

84

Rushing

91

Linebackers

90

Receiving

85

Secondary

83

Offensive Line

78

Special Teams

89

Offensive Grade:

85.1

Defensive/ST Grade:

86.3

Against Lions' Defense:

2.1

Against Lions' Offense

-0.6

Final Score:

L

14-20

Record: 3-3

I gave the Bears' their due here. People are talking about them for a reason. I think this is a talented team and they could very well be playing come January. Chicago is a tough place to play and this would be a great game to take from them, but the scoring model says no. I think Cutler is a good quarterback and if their line can keep him upright, they should play well. No blowouts this year, though. At 3-3, it might be time to start getting a bit nervous.

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vs Seattle Seahawks

Wk8

Quarterback

82

Defensive Line

83

Rushing

88

Linebackers

81

Receiving

80

Secondary

81

Offensive Line

83

Special Teams

86

Offensive Grade:

83.1

Defensive/ST Grade:

82.5

Against Lions' Defense:

0.0

Against Lions' Offense

-4.4

Final Score:

W

37-24

Record: 4-3

All these pundits choosing the Seahawks for post-season possibilities must be seeing something I am not. Wilson is an exciting prospect to be sure, but I'll take my chances in shutting down Lynch and letting him try to beat us with that arm and those receivers. Their offensive line looks hit-and-miss as does their defense. Maybe by this point in the season, guys like starting MLB Bobby Wagner and starting CB Richard Sherman start to impress, but as of now, I get no butterflies in my stomach when I hear those names. Should be a solid home win for the boys in blue.

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@ Jacksonville Jaguars

Wk9

Quarterback

75

Defensive Line

80

Rushing

93

Linebackers

82

Receiving

78

Secondary

85

Offensive Line

81

Special Teams

85

Offensive Grade:

80.8

Defensive/ST Grade:

82.8

Against Lions' Defense:

-2.3

Against Lions' Offense

-4.0

Final Score:

W

34-20

Record: 5-3

One goal… stop MJD. We do that, it's a blowout win. Looking over the Jacksonville roster, I see no way this team has a good season. Maybe it's respectable if Gabbart and Blackmon break out, but that is a huge "if". Defensively, I think the secondary for Jacksonville is their strength, but Stafford will have time to throw and pick this team apart. Fun in the sun down in Jacksonville and we've finally put another two wins in a row. The second quarter of the season results in a split 2-2 record, but ends on a high note.

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@ Minnesota Vikings

Wk10

Quarterback

80

Defensive Line

89

Rushing

90

Linebackers

84

Receiving

84

Secondary

81

Offensive Line

82

Special Teams

87

Offensive Grade:

83.4

Defensive/ST Grade:

85.1

Against Lions' Defense:

0.3

Against Lions' Offense

-1.8

Final Score:

W

26-24

Record: 6-3

With the game being in Minnesota and with a 90% healthy Adrian Peterson (which I've taken into account), the Vikings take us down to the wire. I worry about this game as it is one we cannot afford to lose, but the potential could be there. Maybe I am overcompensating for the Vikings a little here, but they always play us tough. That defensive line is just so much better than our offensive line, it just gives our offense fits. In the end, we tough this one out and get three in a row.

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vs Green Bay Packers

Wk11

Quarterback

96

Defensive Line

84

Rushing

84

Linebackers

88

Receiving

95

Secondary

83

Offensive Line

83

Special Teams

88

Offensive Grade:

90.4

Defensive/ST Grade:

85.5

Against Lions' Defense:

7.3

Against Lions' Offense

-1.3

Final Score:

L

26-39

Record: 6-4

The hope of taking one from the Packers doesn't work on paper. An honest assessment shows a powerhouse offense that cannot be contained by our defense. An improved linebacker corps and good special teams unit basically neutralized any advantage our offense has in this match up. Even a slight tweak due to home field advantage doesn't work. Thankfully, we don't lose games based on rankings from paper rosters.

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vs Houston Texans

Wk12

Quarterback

88

Defensive Line

85

Rushing

95

Linebackers

88

Receiving

85

Secondary

83

Offensive Line

85

Special Teams

81

Offensive Grade:

88.2

Defensive/ST Grade:

84.5

Against Lions' Defense:

5.1

Against Lions' Offense

-2.3

Final Score:

L

31-36

Record: 6-5

In the second of two tough home games, the Texans look every bit the Super Bowl contender on paper and in this scoring model as they sound via the media. Thankfully, the media is wrong a lot. But here in this context, the Texans look like the better team. A good quarterback with arguably the league's best running back mixed with one of the top receivers in the league all playing behind a good offensive line? Yeah, they look good. They have a decent, young defense to boot run by defensive coordinating guru Wade Phillips. The Lions' offense does grade out better than the Texans' defense, but not enough. I can't change our defensive ratings until they show they have the ability to stop any rush, let alone one of the best in the league. Season is starting to look bleak and we come off the Turkey Day game scratching our heads a bit...

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vs Indianapolis Colts

Wk13

Quarterback

84

Defensive Line

80

Rushing

79

Linebackers

81

Receiving

83

Secondary

82

Offensive Line

79

Special Teams

86

Offensive Grade:

81.6

Defensive/ST Grade:

81.9

Against Lions' Defense:

-1.4

Against Lions' Offense

-4.9

Final Score:

W

44-26

Record: 7-5

Chuck Pagano sure has his work cut out for him. Transitioning to a 3-4 defense with mostly spare parts is going to make for a shaky defense at best. Dwight Freeney without his hand in the dirt? Color me skeptical. Either way, this Colts team has the makings of Peyton Manning's rookie year all over again. I think Andrew Luck IS the next Peyton Manning, so what better place to have gotten drafted, right? In fact, I think he is so similar to Manning and this team is so similar to what Manning came into that we can expect very similar results… which is flashes of brilliance with lots of interceptions because the team around him is bad and Luck will try to do it all by himself. Stafford and Co. will have a field day and put up the first 40-burger of the season. Luck is impressive, but not nearly impressive enough to best the Lions at home. At 7-5, we are still in the playoff mix and another 2-2 quarter of football.

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@ Green Bay

Wk14

Quarterback

96

Defensive Line

84

Rushing

84

Linebackers

88

Receiving

95

Secondary

83

Offensive Line

83

Special Teams

88

Offensive Grade:

90.4

Defensive/ST Grade:

85.5

Against Lions' Defense:

7.3

Against Lions' Offense

-1.3

Final Score:

L

17-34

Record: 7-6

So if the numbers didn't go our way when we were home, they certainly don't go our way on the road. Seems like we are always playing in Green Bay in December. I suppose this will be a good litmus test for the Lions with respect to progress, but it certainly goes the way of a loss in my model. The problem is simply not enough defense against a team that can go toe-to-toe with us offensively. Playoffs are starting to look like a real challenge.

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@ Arizona Cardinals

Wk15

Quarterback

80

Defensive Line

87

Rushing

84

Linebackers

80

Receiving

90

Secondary

86

Offensive Line

83

Special Teams

88

Offensive Grade:

83.6

Defensive/ST Grade:

85.0

Against Lions' Defense:

0.6

Against Lions' Offense

-1.9

Final Score:

W

28-27

Record: 8-6

Despite a shaky QB situation, the Cardinals grade out well because of a stout defense - albeit, a little light on linebackers (Paris Lenon, anyone?) - and all-world receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Should be fun seeing a match-up featuring the two best wideouts in the game. In the end, the arm of Matthew Stafford will prove too much for John Skelton to match. I think the Cardinals' defense will give our offense some problems, but we just have too many weapons and Arizona doesn't. We eek out a close one in the desert. Back on the playoff track? Not quite sure yet....

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vs Atlanta Falcons

Wk16

Quarterback

88

Defensive Line

85

Rushing

89

Linebackers

85

Receiving

90

Secondary

86

Offensive Line

84

Special Teams

80

Offensive Grade:

87.8

Defensive/ST Grade:

84.4

Against Lions' Defense:

4.7

Against Lions' Offense

-2.5

Final Score:

L

23-26

Record: 8-7

In this ultimately pivotal game, I tried hard to make the numbers work to the favor of the Lions, but I have to stick to what I created. These are two very evenly matched teams and it will and should come down to the wire, just like in 2011. Once again, the Lions (on paper) just don't seem to match up well to teams that show good offensive balance. There needs to be an offset for our deficiencies in the secondary, whether that's a mediocre QB or RB or a weak offensive line. In this case, it was none of the above (although the Falcons' O-line isn't great). Again, the weakness in the secondary - at this point in time - is simply perceived. Time will tell if it is a real weakness or not.

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Chicago Bears

Wk17

Quarterback

86

Defensive Line

84

Rushing

91

Linebackers

90

Receiving

85

Secondary

83

Offensive Line

78

Special Teams

89

Offensive Grade:

85.1

Defensive/ST Grade:

86.3

Against Lions' Defense:

2.1

Against Lions' Offense

-0.6

Final Score:

W

30-27 (OT)

Record: 9-7

And so it comes down to this. Week 17. Ford Field. Chicago Bears. God, I hate the Bears. Lots of time has passed since we saw them in Week 7. It was close then, it is close now. The question is if change of venue has enough impact to get the Lions over the hurdle. Given how rambunctious the crowd was for the Monday nighter last year, imagine this year as playoffs appear to be on the line - most likely for both teams. In a completely unfair way, I give the Lions just a small shove due to home field advantage as they squeak by the Bears and potentially into the playoffs with a last minute win in overtime. For the second season in a row, the Lions finish with a winning record - even though it is a slight step backwards.

Conclusion…..

If you made it this far, kudos to you. Ultimately, this all means exactly squat, but at this particular moment in time, I think it shows where our shortcomings could be. If our running game picks up and our secondary is better than expected, the few close losses I had against the Falcons, Bears and Texans could be wins and then we are a 12-4 team and most definitely in the mix as a Super Bowl contender. I would have guessed that this model would have shown 10 wins, so I wasn’t far off on my expectations. Like I said, I felt I graded a few areas of the Lions very harshly and right now, I think the reason is more about a fear of the unknown versus simply knowing we don’t have any talent. At least that’s my take on it anyway. If the Lions lose more than 7 games, the season will be a wasted one in my opinion.

I’ll end this with a few comments in what I took away from putting this together:

  • · We really don’t see that many great quarterbacks this year. Rodgers twice, Matt Ryan, Matt Shaub and if you include Vick and Cutler in the mix, that leaves 9 games against sub-par passers.

  • · I, like most, foresee lots of scoring for the Lions… and their opponents. I have us scoring 439 pts for a 27.4 per game average, but I also have us giving up 415 pts for a 25.9 per game average. Maybe I’ve really undersold our defense, but I think it’s best to prepare for the worst… and at worst, we should still win 9 games.

  • · I love the flow of our schedule with the exception of the early bye week. There’s never a stretch where we should go more than two games without playing against a very winnable team. If we have any losing streaks, it should never reach more than two. If it does, it means we dropped one we shouldn’t have. If that happens more than once and we don’t pick up a game against the Packers or Bears on the road, we can kiss the playoffs bye-bye.

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