1. With Matthew Stafford likely out in a very winnable game against the Rams this week, do you start Drew Stanton or Daunte Culpepper?
As of my writing, it appears that Matthew Stafford will be starting against the Rams on Sunday, and that CJ is 70-30 to go for it as well. With those two back, and Kevin Smith fully healthy, I think that the Lions have a good chance of being able to put a LOT of points up on the Rams.
Now, lets say Stafford has a setback — I say start Drew. Sure, Drew Stanton is not the guy you want as your starting QB in this league — however; with a little more experience I believe he could easily evolve into a solid #2 QB — the kind of player that can come in and finish out a game, maybe even win a game or two if your main QB is out. Culpepper showed me that he hasn’t learned how to read defenses in 11 years in the league, and he won’t be back next season. Get Drew some experience, and develop him into your own Craig Niall, Jim Sorgi, or Seneca Wallace. They aren’t your long term answer to start, but they are a solid long term #2.
2. DT Ed Johnson(formerly of the Colts) is still out on the street. Should we sign this guy?
This guy is unsigned for a reason, and it is not his play on the field. He has some serious character issues, and with Hill back fully healthy, the Lions have their Beef enough at DT for now. Joe Cohen on the practice squad is a better risk at this point – Johnson wasn’t cut just because of his play or amazing depth on the Dline. Bill Polian didn’t feel he could trust him to keep his nose clean (after a 2008 Marijuana possession charge, they gave him a second shot in 2009, but then cut him again) and thus be counted on to help the team from week to week. Hill-Cohen-Jackson-Fluellen can handle the run stopping duties; what they really need is a DE or two to step up and do more than run stopping duties and get pressure off the edges.
3. Whats your projected score for Lions-Rams?
Rams: Not Much
If the healthy defensive starters play with as much intensity as the entire unit did against Green Bay, then the Rams are in for a VERY long afternoon. I feel kind of silly saying this since I didn’t even want them to draft the guy, but I will anyways: With Stafford in the game I just feel like the Lions have a chance to win until the bitter end. This is a game the Lions SHOULD win (and knock St. Louis to 18 losses in a row and on pace to beat the Lions’ recent winless streak, tie 0-16, and tie the Bucs’ 26 game losing streak.)
Lions win a close one as they still aren’t good enough to just plain out-play or blow-out even one of the few opponents who is weaker than them. (Here’s hoping I’m wrong!)