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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions final game of the 2018 season, defeating the Green Bay Packers 31-0 and finishing 6-10

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1. With Jim Bob Cooter now gone, it is time to consider what options are available

With the announcement that Jim Bob Cooter will not return next season, it is time for the Lions to consider who will replace him. There have been names that have been rumored, but there is plenty of time for this decision to be made. It will be interesting to see who takes this position because there will be a lot of pressure on them considering the Lions have been waiting to see a consistent offense since Scott Linehan left.

2. This was the best the offense has looked all year

Even with this being Cooter’s last game as offensive coordinator, this was the most fluent this offense has looked all season. Even with all the injuries they had, they were still able to move the ball down the field easily and efficient all game. Now, even though Green Bay’s defense was depleted as well, to see how Matthew Stafford was effectively able to move the chains was a positive sight for Lions fans to see going into next season.

3. The defense closed out the year on a great note

The Lions defense was one of the bright spots in the 2nd half of the season. After the Damon Harrison acquisition, there was a different feel about the defense. Their run defense improved drastically and the pass defense started to really find its way too. Going into next year, expect head coach Matt Patricia fill out the defense to more to his type of guys.

Even though this game didn’t have much meaning behind it, it still was a pretty positive way to end an overall disappointing season for the Lions. A shutout against a division rival is always a good victory for a team. Also, this victory over the Packers gives the Lions a 4-0 record against their divisional foe over the last two years. With things being shook up this offseason, it will be intriguing to see what next year holds in store for the Lions next year.

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Patriots Acquire Micheal Roberts

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Micheal Roberts

The New England Patriots have acquired veteran tight end Michel Roberts from the Detroit Lions for a conditional 2020 seventh-round draft pick, according to the Detroit News’ Justin Roberts.

Roberts hasn’t done much during his short career, but he certainly has potential that is intriguing.

New England is thin at tight end, and Roberts figures to vie for playing time alongside Matt LaCosse and Ben Watson, when Watson is eligible to play following a four-game suspension to start the season.

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Lions’ Darrell Bevell Stresses Running the Ball

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Darrell Bevell

The Detroit Lions will be extremely focused on running the football under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell this upcoming season.

“We’ll always be about running the football,” Bevell said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We want to be a tough, hard-nosed, physical football team. We want to be able to exert our will on our opponents.”

Bevell has extensive experience running an offensive system, and he is confident that Detroit can step it up this season.

“It is different for the opponent,” Bevell said. “If you’re playing the Rams and the Chiefs and those teams week in and week out, they’re defending the same thing. All of a sudden you play us, there’s going to be different things to defend and they have to decide how they want to do it, if they’re going to have to personnel it different. I think it kind of gives you a little bit of an edge that way.”

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Travis Swanson Announces Retirement

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Veteran offensive lineman Travis Swanson, who spent the majority of last season with the Miami Dolphins, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

“I decided to retire from the game of football,” Swanson stated in a post on his official Instagram page

“Those words are hard to write. However, I have a sense of comfort knowing Emily and I are walking away from this game with offers that were on the table. This ultimately came down to a family decision between Emily and I.

“I have been an offensive lineman for 22 years of my life and will be for the remainder. In my years as a lineman, I have learned so many life lessons. It is extraordinary that this game has the power to take a kid from Kingwood, Texas to places all over the globe.”

Swanson was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and has played for the Lions, the New York Jets, and the Dolphins during his career.

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