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Notes: Lions not among’s top 19 offenses for 2017

Despite Matthew Stafford’s excellent year in 2016, one analyst at doesn’t believe the Lions offense is among the top half in the league heading into 2017.

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  • With the draft now a few weeks into the past, we’re well into ranking season. With nothing else to talk about, it’s time to get enraged over meaningless opinions. Today’s most extreme example comes from’s Chris Wesseling, who ranked the top 10 offenses in the league. The Detroit Lions were not only omitted from this list, but they weren’t among Wesseling’s nine “In The Hunt” candidates, meaning he believes Detroit’s offense ranks 20th or lower. For what it’s worth, Detroit ranked 20th in points per game last year, 21st in yards per game and 15th in DVOA.

  • Pro Football Focus, on the other hand, is pointing to a clear trend in the Lions offense over the past year and a half:

  • NFL Network has now announced players 61-100 in their “Top 100 Players for 2017” list. There are still no Detroit Lions on the list, but a few players chimed in on the latest players announced.

Eric Ebron on fellow tight end Jordan Reed (No. 65):

Quandre Diggs on cornerback Casey Hayward (No. 64):

  • I miss this guy:

  • Vegas is not a big fan of the Lions’ chances at the NFC North crown this year: