Episode #215: Lions vs Vikings, Week 13 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 13 matchup against divisional rival Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field.

Bears review

Roster Moves:

Injury Report

  • RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder) – OUT – expected to miss “multiple weeks” ?
  • WR Trinity Benson (knee) – expected to play
  • WR KhaDarel Hodge (illness)
  • RT Penei Sewell (illness) – Questionable
  • RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (concussion)
  • OL Matt Nelson (ankle) – Questionable
  • DL Michael Brockers (knee) – Questionable
  • EDGE Trey Flowers (knee) – OUT
  • LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) – OUT
  • DB Bobby Price (shoulder) – OUT

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, TE Shane Zylstra, and K Aldric Rosas

Vikings’ preview

Our new segment: Offseason Mailbag!

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Episode #214: Lions vs Bears, Thanksgiving Day preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 12 matchup against divisional rival Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field.

Roster Moves:

  • Ahead of the Browns’ game:
    • Activated QB Tim Boyle
    • signed WR Tom Kennedy
    • released DL Kevin Strong
    • Elevated RG Tommy Kraemer and K Aldric Rosas

Browns review

Injury Report – Monday and Tuesday were walkthroughs

DNP

  • RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (concussion)
  • OL Matt Nelson (ankle)
  • EDGE Trey Flowers (knee)
  • DL Da’Shawn Hand (groin)
  • NB A.J. Parker (ankle)

Limited

  • QB Jared Goff (oblique)
  • RB Jermar Jefferson (knee/ankle)
  • WR Trinity Benson (knee)

Still on IR but practicing: CB Ifeatu Melifonwu (thigh)

Bears’ preview on Thanksgiving Day

  • Ref: Adrian Hill
  • TV: FOX, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
  • Betting Line: opened at Bears -4, now Bears -3.5 (over/under 43)
  • Bears on a 5-game losing streak
  • Lots of key injuries, including to Justin Fields, meaning Andy Dalton will start at QB
  • Matt Nagy’s job is reportedly on the line

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Episode #213: Lions at Browns, Week 11 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 11 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Steelers’ review

What are the Lions’ plans at quarterback this week?

Roster Moves:

Injury Report

  • RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder)
  • RB Jamaal Williams (thigh)
  • RB Jermar Jefferson (ankle)
  • LT Taylor Decker (shoulder)
  • OL Matt Nelson (ankle)
  • EDGE Trey Flowers (knee)
  • EDGE Austin Bryant (shoulder)
  • CB Jerry Jacobs (groin)
  • CB Mark Gilbert (illness)
  • Safety Tracy Walker (concussion) – He says he is going to be fine
  • CB Ifeatu Melifonwu (thigh) – Still working his way back from IR

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, TE Shane Zylstra, and K Aldric Rosas

Browns’ preview

  • Ref: Clay Martin
  • TV: FOX, Gus Johnson, LaVarrington, Megan Olivi
  • Betting Line: Browns -10.5
  • Who is throwing the ball for the Lions? Can they find Hockenson?
  • Can the OL hold up the Browns top ranked pass rush?
  • Can the Lions establish a running game?
  • Can the Lions slow down the Browns rushing attack?

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Episode #212: Lions at Steelers, Week 10 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Roster Moves:

Returned to practice but still on IR

Injury Report

  • RB Jamaal Williams (thigh) – No practice
  • EDGE Austin Bryant (shoulder) – limited
  • K Austin Seibert (right hip) – limited
  • LT Taylor Decker (finger) – Full
  • NB AJ Parker (neck) – Full

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, Ryan Santoso, and TE Shane Zylstra

Finishing up Mailbag

  • Is KavyonThibodeaux too good to pass up or would the Lions be willing to trade?
  • What is the Lions plan at WR moving forward?
  • Will the Lions ever get a win?
  • Where are our possible wins?
  • What happens to team chemistry if the Lions go 0:17 or 1:16?
  • Which staffs will coach the senior bowl?

Steelers’ preview

  • Ref: Land Clark
  • TV: FOX, Chris Meyers, Daryl Johnson, and Jen Hale
  • Betting Line: Steelers -8 (opening line was -9)
  • Key matchups: RB Najee Harris vs NT Alim McNeill
  • Key: TE Pat Freiermuth/Eric Ebron vs S Tracy Walker/Will Harris
  • Key: RT Penei Sewel vs EDGE T.J. Watt
  • Key: TE T.J. Hockenson vs S Minkah Fitzpatrick

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Episode #211: Lions bye week Mailbag

This week on the podcast, the Detroit Lions are on a bye, so Erik and Joe decided to deviate from their traditional format, put out a call for questions from listeners, and they responded in a big way.

In this week’s Mailbag, the fellas cover a lot of topics, including:

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Episode #210: Lions vs Eagles, Week 8 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 8 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

Lions News:

Roster Moves:

Injury Report

  • TE T.J. Hockenson (knee/ankle)
  • RB D’Andre Swift (groin)
  • RB Jamaal Williams (thigh)
  • EDGE Trey Flowers (knee)
  • CB AJ Parker (neck)
  • CB Jerry Jacobs (illness)
  • FB Jason Cabinda (hip)

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, Jalen Elliott, and Ryan Santoso

Rams’ review

Eagles’ preview

  • Ref: Tony Corrente
  • TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Megan Olivi
  • Betting Line: Eagles -3.5
  • Key matchups: Jalen Hurts vs Alex Anzalone
  • Key: DeVonta Smith vs Jerry Jacobs
  • Key: Swift vs mashup of linebackers
  • Key: Darius Slay vs Kalif Raymond? Or will they put him on Hockenson?

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Episode #209: Lions at Rams, Week 7 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in California.

Lions News:

Roster Moves:

Injury Report

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, Jalen Elliott, and Ryan Santoso

Bengals’ review

Rams’ preview

  • Ref: Bill Vinvich
  • TV: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
  • Betting Line: Rams -14.5
  • Revenge game for Goff and Brockers? Vs Stafford?
  • Key matchups: Swift vs LB Kenny Young
  • Key: Hockenson vs S Taylor Rapp
  • Key: AJ Parker or Jerry Jacobs vs WR Cooper Kupp
  • Key: Trey Flowers vs LT Andrew Whitworth

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Episode #208, Lions vs Bengals, Week 6 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 6 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

Roster Moves:

Injury Report

  • TE T.J. Hockenson (knee)
  • EDGE Trey Flowers (knee)
  • CB Amani Oruwariye (hip)
  • CB/KR Corey Ballentine (hamstring)
  • LG Jonah Jackson (shoulder)
  • RB D’Andre Swift (groin)
  • RB Jamaal Williams (hip/illness)
  • DL Michael Brockers (shoulder) and OT Penei Sewel (ankle) – OFF the injury list

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, Jalen Elliott, and Ryan Santoso (kicker battle?)

Vikings’ review

Bengals’ preview

  • Ref: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV: FOX, Chris Myers, Daryl Johnson, Jen Hale (second week in a row)
  • Betting Line: Bengals -3.5
  • Key matchups: Amani Oruwariye vs Ja’Marr Chase
  • Key: Bengals interior offensive line versus Alim McNeill and company
  • Key: Penei Sewell vs Trey Hendricks
  • Key: T.J. Hockenson vs Vonn Bell

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Episode #207: Lions at Vikings, Week 5 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Roster Moves:

Injury Report

  • OT Penei Sewel (ankle) – missed Wednesday and Thursday
  • TE T.J. Hockenson (knee) – missed Wednesday, limited Thursday
  • EDGE Trey Flowers (knee) – limited
  • RB D’Andre Swift (groin) – limited
  • RB Jamaal Williams (hip) – limited
  • DL Michael Brockers (shoulder) – limited

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, Jalen Elliott, and Ryan Santoso

Bears’ review

Vikings’ preview

  • Ref: Clete “hands to the face” Blakeman
  • TV: FOX, Chris Myers, Daryl Johnson
  • Betting Line: Vikings -9 (opened at -7)
  • Key matchups: Lions DB’s vs Justin Jefferson/Adam Thielen
  • Key: Lions pressure vs Vikings OL
  • Key: Danielle Hunter vs Matt Nelson
  • Key: D’Andre Swift/Jamaal Williams vs Vikings DL

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Episode #206: Lions at Bears, Week 4 preview

This week on the podcast, the guys set the table for the Detroit Lions 2021 Week 4 matchup against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Roster Moves:

  • LB Jamie Collins was released (unable to find trade partner)
    • Team at 51 players (because Kevin Strong went on IR last Saturday)
  • DT Jashon Cornell activated from suspension list, team has roster waiver
    • He will take one of the open 2 spots
  • K Austin Seibert still on COVID-19 list
  • Practice squad rotation of WR Javon McKinley and Jaren Pinkney with specialists

Injury Report

Protected PS: Bruce Hector, Steven Montez, Jalen Elliott, and Ryan Santoso

Ravens’ review

Bears preview

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