COMMENTARY Nobody has had more presumed last gasps than the New England Patriots. That’s bound to happen when you have a 41-year-old quarterback, a gimpy Hall of Fame tight end, and an extended run of success that keeps outsiders hoping there’s a change of the guard on the postseason horizon. As it stands though, the window has been “closing” for what seems like a decade now. Albert Breer is the latest to sound the warning horn on MMQB, speaking with a number of NFL executives who discuss why the crossroads is — finally? — looming for the Patriots. It’s a pretty gloomy outlook for the future of the franchise while taking a realistic stance on the team’s confluence of problems in not having a backup plan to Tom Brady, a broken-down Rob Gronkowski, and a drafting report card that is somewhere in the realm of incomplete as it stands now for Bill Belichick. The sky isn’t falling. Not for a team that heads into this weekend as the No. 2 … [Read more...] about What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Vikings game
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 AM EDT Nov 3, 2018 Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down the NFC North showdown between the Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings. Lions (3-4) at Vikings (4-3-1) When: Sunday, 1 p.m. Where: U.S. Bank Field, Minneapolis. TV/radio: Fox, WJR-AM 760. Line: Vikings by 5½. Lions run offense vs. Vikings run defense Kerryon Johnson might be the Lions’ MVP at this point of the season as he has forced defenses to respect a previously dormant running game. Johnson has two 100-yard rushing days on the year, and he has a knack for making the first tackler miss. Four of his 77 carries have gone for negative yards. LeGarrette Blount has settled into the big-back role for a Lions team that wants to run the ball 25-plus times a game. The Lions haven’t always run it well this year, but they’ve been effective with the carries they’ve had and are currently tied for eighth in the league at 4.7 yards per … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings: Scouting report, pick
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 5:08 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Former Detroit Lions linebacker Chris Spielman will serve as the color analyst for Sunday’s Lions-Vikings game, the second straight year he’s broadcast a game between the team he played for and the one his brother, Rick, runs as general manager. It’s a unique dynamic, but one Spielman has learned to juggle expertly in his two decades in TV. “I don’t come out a winner in this game,” Spielman told the Free Press this week. “I don’t. “I remember last year’s game, that’s where Dalvin Cook — Lions won, which was, ‘All right, good job Lions.’ — Then I remember that’s when Dalvin Cook tore his ACL. And man, I was just feeling bad for him, first of all, because he was off to a great year, and I felt bad for Rick. ‘All right, let’s work your magic, whatever you’ve got. Put a guy in there, let’s go.’ … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions announcer Chris Spielman in no-win spot vs. Vikings
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:54 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Welcome to our live chat on the Detroit Lions with Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett. The Lions (3-4) will take on the Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis. Feel free to leave your question below and check back at 1 p.m. when Dave begins to answer them. Access to live chat for mobile users. … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions chat recap: Is Vikings’ game a must win?
The Detroit News Published 1:03 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Sunday’s Lions vs. Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (1 p.m., Fox/760). Justin Rogers: This isn't so much about Golden Tate's absence, which will be a factor given the Vikings' ability to rush the passer and Matthew Stafford's best check-down option is no longer on the roster. But I simply have no idea how the Lions cover both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Vikings, 27-17 John Niyo: The last four games in this series have gone down to the wire. But the Lions will have to force some turnovers – something they really haven't done all season – if they want to have a chance in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Vikings are home and hungry and headed into a bye week. Vikings, 31-21 Bob Wojnowski: The Vikings’ normally staunch defense is hobbled by injuries, but surely is glad it won’t … [Read more...] about Detroit News predictions: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings