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  1. Why the Lions are the NFL's oldest team*

    Kevin Seifert

    ESPN colleague Mike Sando's annual age analysis of NFL rosters found that the Detroit Lions have the oldest roster in the league. That designation might seem odd when you consider the relative youth of the Lions' primary players. You also might no...

    Blog | September 01, 2013
  2. Detroit Lions cut-down analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Most significant move: There were no surprises for the Detroit Lions and, really, there were few big decisions. We noted earlier that the team decided to preserve a roster spot for No. 3 quarterback Kellen Moore, so the most significant move they did...

    Blog | August 31, 2013
  3. Advanced stats: Lions bounce back in '13

    Kevin Seifert

    Over at Grantland.com, Bill Barnwell recently used advanced statistical analysis to name 10 NFL teams that could bounce back from disappointing 2012 seasons. The team most likely to do so? Your Detroit Lions. I'll refer you to a pair of stories Ba...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  4. BBAO: Charles Tillman vs. Calvin Johnson

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: Sam Monson's snap-by-snap analysis of Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman's 2012 season over at Pro Football Focus includes a detailed breakdown of Tillman's two games against Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johns...

    Blog | July 09, 2013
  5. BBAO: Phil Emery serious about analytics

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has referred a number of times to advanced statistical analysis services that he consulted with over the past season. This week, the Bears joined a growing group of NFL teams ...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  6. Football Outsiders: Remaining needs

    Kevin Seifert

    Football Outsiders, a statistics-based analysis service, has been producing division-by-division Insider files on remaining team needs. You'll need a subscription to read the entire NFC North post , but below I've taken a few excerpts and written a f...

    Blog | May 18, 2013
  7. Would Packers have chosen Montee Ball?

    Kevin Seifert

    Our annual draft analysis includes a category entitled "File it Away." I used it this year to discuss the Detroit Lions' failure to draft a receiver or an offensive tackle, but I want to follow up with a second scenario that could have more lasting i...

    Blog | May 01, 2013
  8. NFC North draft analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    How top-heavy was the 2013 draft in the NFC North? We welcomed more players in the first round (six) than in the second and third rounds combined (four), the result of two big trades. With the 2013 affair basically in the books, let's take a close...

    Blog | April 27, 2013
  9. Minnesota Vikings schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: It gets real in a hurry for the Minnesota Vikings, who open the season with consecutive NFC North games -- on the road. They'll play at the Detroit Lions in Week 1 and at the Chicago Bears in Week 2, the first time the NFL has asked them t...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  10. Detroit Lions schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: The Detroit Lions' 4-12 season last year apparently has reduced their national appeal. Their schedule includes only one prime-time game, a home date on "Monday Night Football" in Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens. Frankly, with the n...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  11. Green Bay Packers schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: The Packers' 2013 schedule has a familiar ring. They open with the San Francisco 49ers for the second consecutive season, a quirk that also affords a rematch with the team that knocked them from the 2012 playoffs. They'll play the Detroit ...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  12. NFC North Pro Bowl analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Perfect sense: Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson has rushed for 1,898 yards this season -- 508 more than the next-closest running back. His fullback, Jerome Felton, has been responsible for a stunning dichotomy -- the Vikings average 7.7 yar...

    Blog | December 26, 2012
  13. Fantasy hint: Brandon Marshall and targets

    Kevin Seifert

    My general approach to fantasy football is to leave the analysis and recommendations to the experts, of which ESPN has an entire staff. Occasionally, however, I'll try to pass along information that might be of use to you and your team. In checkin...

    Blog | November 28, 2012
  14. Rookie Buzz: Midseason report

    Kevin Seifert

    ESPN.com's midseason extravaganza continued Thursday with some Insider analysis from Scout Inc.'s Matt Williamson. You can see an updated list of his 50 top players as well as his all-rookie team. You'll need an insider subscription to see both ...

    Blog | November 08, 2012
  15. Biggest improvements in NFC North

    Kevin Seifert

    SportsCenter's divisional analysis moves to the NFC North on Tuesday night (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET). We've already discussed our most versatile players as well as potential breakout players, so let's give our television pals a pre-show primer on the bigge...

    Blog | June 19, 2012
  16. KC Joyner: Calvin Johnson's coverage

    Kevin Seifert

    We explained Friday why the Detroit Lions are so excited about their second-round draft pick, receiver Ryan Broyles. Most notably, the Lions believe he can be a productive slot receiver in their scheme. KC Joyner's analysis of NFL receivers indirect...

    Blog | June 01, 2012