After finishing last season with an average 7-9 record, the Detroit Lions look to completely revamp their defense which finished 9th in the league in sacks. With the addition of Dwight Smith, Brian Kelly and Kalvin Pearson in free agency and Leigh Bodden in a trade, the Lions look to cut down on last season’s lackluster defensive performance with respect to the number of yards given up by the defense. To boost their offense, the Detroit Lions drafted running back Kevin Smith, who rushed for 2,566 yards last season at UCF in NCAA division I, just missing the NCAA single-season rushing record set by NFL Hall-of-Famer Barry Sanders by 62 yards. With a new look defense and the addition of a rising star like Kevin Smith at running back, the Detroit Lions tickets are selling fast to fans knowing this’ll be the season that their team goes all the way to Super Bowl victory.
The Detroit Lions’ illustrious franchise history began as the Portsmouth Spartans in 1930, until Dick Richards and his group of investors purchased the team in 1934 for $7,950, a fortune at the time. Richards moved the Spartans to Detroit, where, in keeping with the city’s jungle tradition set by the Detroit Tigers, the team was named the Lions. In their inaugural season, the Lions went on an amazing 10-game winning streak and ended their great season with a solid 10-3 record. The most exciting time in Lions’ franchise history was the period in the 1990’s known as "The Barry Sanders Show." Sparked by the incredible play of running back Barry Sanders, the Lions were carried into the playoffs year after year by his amazing talent. Considered one of the best running backs of all-time, Sanders’ career total rushing yards is second only to Walter Payton. The Detroit Lions have had the luck of playing with some of the greatest football players of all-time, including 17 Hall-of-Famers such as quarterback Bobby Layne, running back Barry Sanders, and linebacker Joe Schmidt. The Detroit Lions’ franchise victories include fourteen playoff appearances, eight division titles, and four NFL Championships in five appearances. As always, tickets sales are high for this historic Lions franchise.