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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. Insider: Someone will give Jay Cutler $20M

    Kevin Seifert

    Mike Sando's analysis of upcoming quarterback contracts offers a thoughtful discussion of, among other topics, the financial future of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears seem set to let Cutler play out the final year of his contract,...

    Blog | August 15, 2013
  4. 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
  5. Inside the Lions' TD drop-off in 2012

    Kevin Seifert

    John McTigue's statistical analysis of Matthew Stafford's contract extension adds an illuminating level to Stafford's drop-off in touchdown passes during the 2012 season. Remember, Stafford threw 41 in 2011 and 20 last year. McTigue: "Bad luck als...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  6. 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
  7. Fantasy hint: Greg Jennings

    Kevin Seifert

    Tristan H. Cockcroft offers sound analysis on Greg Jennings' arrival in Minnesota, both from a fantasy and conventional standpoint. In short: Jennings will do more for quarterback Christian Ponder than Ponder will do for Jennings. Here is how Cock...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. ChatWrap: Brian Urlacher decision revisited

    Kevin Seifert

    Jeffri Chadiha included former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher among 10 veteran free agents who have encountered surprising ambivalence on the open market. Perhaps that analysis prompted this exchange in Tuesday's SportsNation chat: Kris (...

    Blog | May 08, 2013
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. ESPN.com #bloggermock coming Tuesday

    Kevin Seifert

    Good news! For the second consecutive year, ESPN.com's NFL blog network will reveal our 2013 mock draft in a live format that allows for instant analysis, discussion, interaction and reader input. Here's how it will work: Shortly before noon ET...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  14. 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
  15. Chicago Bears schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: New coach Marc Trestman will benefit from a relatively rare start to the schedule: two consecutive home games. The Chicago Bears haven't received that gift from the schedule makers since 1999. Overall, however, Trestman's first month on...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  16. 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