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Postby elaine95 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:32 pm

While others are holding out Womens Sylvester Williams Jersey , we’re back and answering your pressing questions." Ask PODAsk POD: Holding out for training campNew,17commentsWhile others are holding out, we’re back and answering your pressing questions. EDTIt’s been a week of holdouts. Darius Slay has officially stayed at home while the Detroit Lions started (and ended) mandatory minicamp. When Damon Harrison Sr. wasn’t bodying people on Twitter, he, too, was absent from this week of practices. Hell, some of our friends at Vox Media and SB Nation even spent a day away from their computers in an effort to find a new Youth Austin Bryant Jersey , fair deal.But we here at the PODcast are taking no such time off. You’ve got ears that need tending to, and our voices are ready to give them literal messages and figurative massages. We’ve got minicamp to talk about. We’ve got holdouts to talk about, and we’ve got a Lions-Cowboys game to revisit. We finish all of our shows with a segment of listener questions. So in the comment section below or using the hashtag #AskPOD on Twitter, send us any and all of your questions. We like to get a little silly with our mailbag segment, so if you don’t have a pressing Lions-related question, feel free to ask us about anything. And if you aren’t aware of the PODcast, you can catch up using your favorite podcast platforms: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts| Spotify | StitcherDetroit Lions have toughest 2018 schedule in NFC North per Football Outsiders The Detroit Lions have it tough enough. They’re fighting against a division with some of the best quarterbacks the league has to offer. They have decades of failure to overcome and seemingly permanent stigma to shed. They have the local expectations of immediate success thanks to back-to-back 9-7 seasons Womens Christian Jones Jersey , and they have the adversity of overcoming all of that with a first-time head coach.Unfortunately, their 2018 schedule isn’t doing them any favors, either. Football Outsiders came up with their 2018 strength of schedule rankings based on their DVOA metric. While imperfect since it has no real data to go upon, it may be a little more predictive than last year’s win-loss record, which would rank Detroit’s schedule as the second-hardest in the entire NFL. According to the ESPN Insider article detailing the strength of schedule, it does take into account preseason injuries, suspension and newer dealings Calvin Johnson Jersey White , like the Bears acquiring Khalil Mack in a trade.So taking all of that into account, Football Outsiders projects the Lions to have the 11th-hardest schedule in the league. While that may not seem so bad, it’s not exactly great when comparing to the rest of their division rivals.The Vikings have the next toughest schedule at 16th, the Bears follow at 18th, and the Green Bay Packers have the easiest schedule among the division, ranking 25th overall.The NFL schedule is set up in a way that is supposed to make things easier for the worst teams. It’s a small advantage, but two games a season are scheduled against teams that finished in the same place in their respective division. So since the Lions placed second in the NFC North this year Kerryon Johnson Jersey White , they are playing the second-place finishers in the NFC East (Cowboys) and NFC South (Panthers). Given this setup, you would think the Vikings would have the toughest schedule in the division and the Bears would have the easiest, but it doesn’t always work out that way due to drastic year-to-year changes. One interesting note from Football Outsiders was the steep change in difficulty the Lions face from the first half of the season to the second half. “Detroit has one of the largest gaps between the average DVOA of its first eight opponents (3.3 percent) and the average DVOA of its last eight opponents (minus-2.2 percent),” Aaron Schatz writes.That means the Lions are going to have to get off to a hot start and be prepared to face some serious competition early in the year. While they may have a Jets and a rookie quarterback in Week 1, the Patriots, Cowboys and Packers all await in the next 30-some days.
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