If the Lions are going to re-gain respectability after a horrible 4-12 year in 2012 that ended with eight straight losses, it must begin by beating the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener Sunday at Ford Field.
The Tigers have a 5 1-2 game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, and the best record in the AL.
The Lions must eliminate after-the-whistle penalties.
Shawn Burr, the organization’s first-round draft in pick 1984, was a big part of the Red Wings’ turnaround during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The Tigers have a high number of games remaining on the road at ball parks which are considered launching pads for home runs, Chicago, New York and Boston.
The Tigers hitting from the left side the plate is among the worst in the American League in most statistical categories.
Verlander is on pace to go 19-12 with a 3.74 ERA and 249 strikeouts this season.
The courses it is played on tend to be true American classics.
Victor Martinez – He has a tremendous track record as a clutch hitter, but there is a possibility sitting out all of last season and age (34) has caught up to Martinez.
The Red Wings have the Big 3 in Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard.