Every day throughout the training camp period, I'll challenge all comers to a daily debate on camp-related topics. If you disagree, you know where to find me for Throwdowns.
July 24: How many games will the Lions win in 2007?
Every year in the NFL a team bounces back from a dismal season and shocks everyone by making the playoffs. In 2007, that team is not the Detroit Lions.
Lions quarterback Jon Kitna forecasted a 10-win season. The coaching staff is predicting big things too, even though the Lions were 3-13 in '06 and have had six straight losing seasons. And some experts think that with offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Detroit could repeat the success of the '99 Rams.
Detroit added Edwin Mulitalo and George Foster to the offensive line, but that unit remains a critical question mark. The Lions have great receivers, but Kitna needs time to find them downfield on occasion. Kitna threw 22 picks last year, in large part because the line couldn't slow down anyone. And the schedule won't help. The Lions face several tough pass rushes, including Philly, Chicago (twice) and San Diego. Detroit had better protect the 34-year-old Kitna, because they don't have a reliable backup.
The Lions report to camp amidst a wave of optimism on Wednesday. Their offense will be exciting - especially when it comes to fantasy football -- but I can't see them climbing up to .500. Somewhere between five and seven wins makes more sense - and that's only if Kitna stays healthy.
Anyone out there think the Lions are this year's Cinderella? I'd really like to hear how they're going to do it.