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Old 06-28-2007, 12:40 PM   #136
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The Bears haven't exactly improved themselves that much, but in that division, they shouldn't have a problem getting back to the playoffs.
They should seriously watch out for those 10-12 win Lions.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:14 PM   #137
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Who's to say the Lions won't win 10 games? This is the NFC. Lots of teams have gone from 'Worst to First'.

Now do I think it's likely. No.

One thing to watch out for is their offense. Kitna did put up some pretty good numbers last year, and he should probably do it again. Williams, Johnson, and Furrey will be tough to stop.

Those 99 Rams were tough to stop with Bruce, Holt, and Akim. Lions don't have a Marshall Faulk though.

Bears will be alright if Benson proves to be a work horse. He does seem to be injury prone though, and if he goes down.... That means Sexy Rex is gonna feel the pressure.
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Who's to say the Lions won't win 10 games? This is the NFC. Lots of teams have gone from 'Worst to First'.

Now do I think it's likely. No.

One thing to watch out for is their offense. Kitna did put up some pretty good numbers last year, and he should probably do it again. Williams, Johnson, and Furrey will be tough to stop.

Those 99 Rams were tough to stop with Bruce, Holt, and Akim. Lions don't have a Marshall Faulk though.

Bears will be alright if Benson proves to be a work horse. He does seem to be injury prone though, and if he goes down.... That means Sexy Rex is gonna feel the pressure.
Over the past six years, the Lions have only averaged 3 games a season. Then factor in that they have to play the AFC West and NFC East. It is fair to say they won't even be above .500.

What people forget about the 99 Rams is that they had a pretty good defense. Those guys deserved more credit.

I think the Bears could have a huge fall off from last year but there really isn't anyone to stop in that division. The NFC North is an embarrassment. Benson could easy become another Ron Dayne if he doesn't elevate his game.
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They should seriously watch out for those 10-12 win Lions.
Thats the total during the enitire Matt Millen tenure is it not?
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Thats the total during the enitire Matt Millen tenure is it not?
I believe his record is something like 21-72. Is there a mercy rule in football where by 100 losses the NFL removes you as team president?
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I really don't like the fact I'm defending the Lions (being a 49ers fan)...but I guess I don't see 10 wins as that far fetched.

What is so great about the NFC East? Top 3 teams I think are Average at best. Giants lose Tiki. Eagles don't have insurance for Chunky Soup, and in Dallas, Romo has a lot of pressure to perform well. And if he doesn't, there's a certain WR that will tear apart the team. I don't feel the Redskins improved anywhere.

I can see the Lions going 2-2 against the AFC West. Oakland & KC being the 2 wins.

Then you throw in their own division, with 4 wins possible against Vikings & Packers.

Again, I don't see this happening, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did.
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I can see the Lions hovering around .500, but that would still put them well behind the Bears.
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Lions will finish at 6-10, take that to Las Vegas and smoke it.
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John Kitna: 10+ INT by week 8. Quick to throw into coverage in Seattle & Cincinnati.
No blocking in Detroit. Do the math.
6-10 will be a good year.
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Kitna will also most likely have quite a few TDs with the receivers he has.

I think 8-8 is doable.

Why are we talking about the Lions again?
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Because they're clearly the best team in the NFC. Maybe one of the most decorated teams in the history of the NFL.....

I'm a little anxious for the 49ers season. While Alex Smith improved ten fold in his 2nd year (Norv Turner), the offense was still pretty bad.

I'm not sure how things will go this year. Their first 5 games are the following:

Cardinals
Rams
Steelers
Seahawks
Ravens

I think glass half full = 4-1, glass half empty = 1-4

Only a few more days and NFL training camps open up.
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Eagles don't have insurance for Chunky Soup,
I don't know if it's a great argument against the NFC East to say that the first-place team doesn't have a great backup quarterback.
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I'm a little anxious for the 49ers season. While Alex Smith improved ten fold in his 2nd year (Norv Turner), the offense was still pretty bad.

I'm not sure how things will go this year. Their first 5 games are the following:

Cardinals
Rams
Steelers
Seahawks
Ravens

I think glass half full = 4-1, glass half empty = 1-4
Success in the NFC comes from having a good defense and quarterbacks that can manage games. The Saints of last year were the exception. I think the 49ers can become that but they have to continue to improve on defense for another year. They will probably be around .500 this season.
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I don't know if it's a great argument against the NFC East to say that the first-place team doesn't have a great backup quarterback.
Well when your starter averages staying healthy for 2.4 games a year, its a legit point.



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Big Grin tick tock tick tock tick tock!

Isn't almost time for a new thread? Training camp is just about here.

Aaaand I believe the Bear will be w/o Lance Briggs this year. Me thinks he'll sit the season b/c of the franchise tag.
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