- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: N/A
- Claim to Fame: Dating back to the 1930s, Detroit has played in (78) and won (37) the most Thanksgiving Day games
- Claim to Shame: One of two teams to ever post a winless season (2008), and the only franchise to have been in operation for all 52 seasons of the Super Bowl era without having appeared in one
It’s been a strange existence for the Detroit Lions.
After winning four NFL Championships from 1935-1957, the Lions would go through a lengthy stretch of playoff futility. That is to say, they wouldn’t win another playoff game until 1991.
After that NFC Championship loss to the Washington Redskins, it has been a mix of Wild Card game losses (eight), losing seasons (16, including one 0-16 campaign), and generational talents retiring too soon (Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson).
At least now, the Lions seem to have found some consistency.
After a Wild Card loss to the Seahawks in 2016, Detroit posted a second-straight 9-7 season in 2017, but then fell back to 6-10 (last in the NFC North) in 2018. All told, the 2018 season was a bad start to the Matt Patricia era.
Perhaps most concerningly, Matthew Stafford had his worst season in years, recording just 3,777 passing yards and an 89.9 passer rating, both his lowest marks since 2014.
The team really didn’t do anything particularly well, finishing the year ranked 23rd in Offensive DVOA and 27th in Defensive DVOA.
The hope in Detroit is that year two under Patricia will see the team get back to being competitive in the division. Stafford has a very good chance to up his production, at least, with Kenny Golladay emerging as a star receiver, the underrated Marvin Jones another reliable option on the outside, and highly-touted rookie TJ Hockenson at tight end.
If the Lions struggle again, the pass defense is likely to be their undoing. It finished 31st in the league last year and is basically running it back in 2019. Unless Trey Flowers vastly improves the pass rush, opposing QBs will be happy to see this team on the schedule.
|Passing YPG Allowed||31||288.4|
|Rushing YPG Allowed||27||135.8|
|Austin Bryant||Arm||IR||Bryant has landed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with an arm injury. It is uncertain if he will make his season debut Sunday versus the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Tra Carson||Hamstring||IR||Carson has ended up on injured reserve due to an injured hamstring. Lasted Updated: 11/03/2019|
|Joe Dahl||Ankle||questionable||Dahl left the last game with a left ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Sunday versus the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Mike Daniels||Foot||questionable||Daniels has sat out the past five games with a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will return to action against the Bears on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Graham Glasgow||Back||questionable||Glasgow was held out of the previous game due to a back injury. It has yet to be established if he will line up against the Bears on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Da'Shawn Hand||Elbow||questionable||Hand departed the previous game due to a left elbow injury, and his availability against the Bears on Sunday is up in the air. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Damon Harrison Sr.||Groin||questionable||Harrison Sr. is tending to a groin injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be a participant in Sunday's clash with the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/07/2019|
|T.J. Hockenson||Back||probable||Hockenson was lifted from the last game after a hit to the back, but he is likely to bounce back in time for Sunday's battle against the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Kerryon Johnson||Knee||IR||Johnson will spend an extended period on the injured reserve list due to a right knee injury. Lasted Updated: 10/22/2019|
|Jermaine Kearse||Leg||IR||Kearse is on the injured reserve list after breaking his leg. Lasted Updated: 08/11/2019|
|Darius Kilgo||Leg||IR||Kilgo has a leg injury and is on the injured reserve list. Lasted Updated: 08/11/2019|
|Miles Killebrew||Head||questionable||Killebrew is hampred by a head injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take part in Sunday's tilt versus the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/07/2019|
|Sam Martin||Abdominal||questionable||Martin has an abdominal injury, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Romeo Okwara||Groin||questionable||Okwara hurt his groin, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's matchup against the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/07/2019|
|Amani Oruwariye||Knee||probable||Oruwariye has missed the previous four games with a knee injury, but he is likely to face the Bears on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|A'Shawn Robinson||Ankle||questionable||Robinson is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Bears on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Matthew Stafford||Hip||probable||Stafford is likely to be available against the Bears on Sunday despite hip and back injuries. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Tracy Walker||Knee||questionable||Walker missed the last game with a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the Bears. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|