KTV: Lions @ Texans Week 7

Week 7 in the lowly Lions schedule brings the almost as lowly Houston Texans (1-4).  This game is a must win for the Lions because the rest of the schedule is a nightmare.  Every remaining game after Week 7 features an opponent is .500 or better.  Without a win this week there could be talk of chasing the 0-16 in the media.  I don’t want to listen to all that garbage.

The Offense is the key is this one…

Getting the offense clicking after the trade of Roy Williams is the key to this game.  A strong performance will keep all the critic quiet and let the Lions focus on the rest of the season.

The O-Line needs to contain Mario Williams.  Orlovsky needs time to get the ball out.  Williams is the sack leader (tied) since 2007. 

Life after Roy Williams is pretty good in the Wide Receiver core.   I am not worried if the wide-outs can get the job done. 

  • Calvin Johnson is a top 3 pick in the draft who is an incredible athlete.  He now has the chance to stand-up as the leader of the WRs.  Known as Megatron, he is a huge presence which will always demand double coverage.
  • Mike Furrey caught just under 100 passes 2 years ago.  He is a tough slot receiver who can take a hit and get up.  The passing game is going to change without Roy William which will benefit Mike.  10-12 yard passes are his comfort zone so Jim Colletto should take advantage of this.
  • Shaun McDonald is an elite WR in the waiting.  He is consistent with alot of heart.  He plays a similar game to Mike Furrey which should make him and Mike a very credible slot threat.  With Shaun McDonald he give Jim Colleto the option to spread the ball around.

As of this blog Dan Orlovsky is listed as the starter on the Lions unofficial depth chart.  You are going to see a different Dan O. this week because he has gotten the first game jitters out and he will not be facing the league’s top defense this week.  Week 7 will be a good indicator of Dan O’s future as the Lions starter.  Drew Stanton are waiting in the wings which will be an excellent motivator for Dan.

Defense needs a repeat performance…

The Lions D played awesome last week.  They were hungry.  Joe Barry call a hell of a game with no glaring mistake.  His defense held the Vikings to only 10 points until the refs decided to take the game from the Lions. 

Shutting down Andre Johnson is critical.  He is a phenom receiver so Leigh Bodden will need to repeat last weeks stellar game.  It won’t be easy but this is Leigh’s chance to show the league that he was worth the Shaun Rogers price the Lions paid.

Keep the referees out of the game…

Yes I will say it, that loss to the Vikings was the refs fault plain and simple.  The offense needs to get the defense some padding so blatantly blown calls will not effect the outcome of the game.  If the defense can hold the Texans to field goals, 21 point out of the offense should be enough to win this game.

Prediction:  Lions 23 Texans 20

Fantasy Picks for this game: Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, and Steve Slaton.