Wednesday, we broke the prediction seal by making our best guess at which Detroit Lions player would score the most touchdowns in 2017. Now that we’ve opened Pandora’s Box, we can’t stop. It’s prediction season and there’s no turning back now.
Today, let’s focus on the defense. The Lions finished last year with one of the worst defenses in the league, highlighted by their inability to create turnovers. Detroit had 10 interceptions as a team, which was tied for seventh fewest in the league.
But the Lions revamped their secondary and made some big changes with their linebacking corps, as well. It’s hard to imagine the pass defense being much worse in 2017. So with that in mind, today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions player will lead the team in interceptions in 2017?
My answer: Before I dive into my prediction for next season, here’s who has led the team in interceptions over the past five years:
2016: (2 interceptions) Tavon Wilson, Glover Quin, Rafael Bush, Darius Slay
2015: (4) Glover Quin
2014: (7) Glover Quin
2013: (6) DeAndre Levy
2012: (2) Chris Houston, Don Carey
While I’d love to sit here and say the ballhawking rookie Teez Tabor is about to take the NFL by storm, I think it’s the Lions oldest member of the secondary that will continue to lead the Lions in interceptions. Glover Quin may have only had two picks last season, but with so many issues on defense, teams were able to successfully avoid Quin early and often.
But Detroit has made so many changes on defense that teams will have to challenge Quin again in 2017. Although Quin is 31 years old, he’s entering a contract year and he’s still the smartest player in Detroit’s secondary.
Here’s a reminder of what he can do:
Who will lead the Lions in interception in 2017?
This poll is closed