To get ready for the 2013 season, Pride Of Detroit's writers weighed in with predictions on a variety of topics. You can make your own predictions by voting in the poll at the end of this post, and you can see what our writers had to say below.
Next up: Who will the Detroit Lions' defensive MVP be in 2013?
Christopher Tomke: Ndamukong Suh
He seems to have reeled in his tendency to sell out on the passer to the detriment of his run defense, which was probably the biggest knock on his play. Barring a breakout season from Ziggy Ansah, Ndamukong Suh seems poised to lead the Lions in both sacks and number of pointless media debates generated in 2013.
Eric Shinabarger: Glover Quin
Any member of the defensive line is deserving of this nomination, as they look primed to deliver a dominating performance this season. However, the defensive line is an assumed strength for the Lions, while Glover Quin steps into a position of historical weakness. Mediocre (a nice way to put it) safety play last year contributed to allowing a sickening 13 plays of more than 40 yards and one of the lowest takeaway totals in the league. Quin has already shown his ability to make plays and force turnovers this preseason, and his sure tackling should help the Lions limit the big plays.
Nick Catoni: Ndamukong Suh
Like Brandon Pettigrew, I’m calling for 2013 to be the season Ndamukong Suh locks it all in and makes the entire football world forget about his behavioral mishaps. I’m looking for Ndamukong to play a bigger role in the turnover game – both forcing and recovering fumbles – as well as reach double-digit sacks for the first time since his rookie campaign. It’s time for the "House of Spears" to lead the Lions' young and powerful defensive line.
Sean Yuille: Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh played like the Lions' defensive MVP down the stretch in 2012, and he had a pretty dominant preseason. With the improvements the Lions have made alongside Suh on the defensive line, and with Nick Fairley improving as well, I think Suh will have a career season in 2013.
Jeremy Reisman: Nick Fairley
I think this is the year Nick Fairley overtakes Ndamukong Suh as the Lions' most dominant and feared defender. We've all seen flashes where he looks absolutely unblockable, and as long as he stays on the field, everyone else in the league will finally see it too.
Brian Packey: Ndamukong Suh
If Ndamukong Suh plays like he did in the second half of 2012, he could be an NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate.