Lions are road favorites for the first time in forever. Some other solid games going down this afternoon as well. GO LIONS!
NYT article on Harbaugh and the 49ers:
Every year for a decade or so, a team went from last in its division one year to winning its division the follow year. In 2010, Kansas City did it, keeping the streak alive. Most years, the NFC Southeast had one of them -- New Orleans, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Atlanta were like a revolving door, taking turns winning the division.
So -- who will it be this year?
Last year's WORST were:
East - Washington, 6-10
North - Lions & Minnesota, both 6-10
South - Carolina, 2-14
West - Arizona, 5-11
East - Buffalo, 4-12
North - Cincinnati, 4-12
South - Tennessee & Houston, both 6-10
West - Denver, 4-12
This being a forum mostly frequented by people in Michigan, I'm going to assume most posters here will say the Lions are most likely to win. But they have to climb over Green Bay and Chicago. That's a tall order, even assuming the QB stays healthy (which has, like, never happened). The "worst to first" usually happens in divisions without one (much less two) dominant teams.
I'll guess Arizona -- maybe Kolb is the guy, but importantly, that division STILL STINKS. Houston would be my other guess, but that assumes the Colts have an off-year.
Apologies if something like this have been posted before but with all the Detroit Lions posts popping up, I began wondering what NFL teams get the most support/love from the MGoCommunity.
What NFL team(s) do you support? Why?
I'll start: I live in Carolina so I generally support the Carolina Panthers. But my heart lies with Tom Brady so I consider myself a fan of the New England Patriots.
Per ESPN, the Dolphins have placed Jake Long on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, as he is recovering from an offseason surgery (the article is about Brandon Marshall, which, great story... the second-to-last paragraph mentions Long being on the PUP list). Sparano seems optimistic about Long being ready for their week 1 game against the Pats. Hopefully he continues smoothly in his rehab and is ready to protect Henne's backside this season!
• Teams can sign their own free agents and begin talking with other unrestricted free agents Monday afternoon.
• Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents Tuesday at noon ET but those contracts would not take effect until Aug. 2.
• Teams can begin talking trades Monday afternoon. Any trades would become official on Saturday, July 30.
It going to be a long week for the NFL talking heads. As a football junky this is great news to get me till UM fall camp. Free agency being compacted into one week...Oh my.