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WCG Radio, Episode 6: Lions Preview with Ryan Mathews from Pride of Detroit

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The 2016 Lions surprised the league on the strength of incredible fourth quarter play. A young team on the ascension won't shock anyone this year as quarterback Matthew Stafford - who has yet to get a new contrac - will be expected to take Bears' rival in the NFC North to the next level, regardless of circumstances. Ryan Matthews, senior editor at SB Nation's Pride of Detroit, joined WCG Radio to discuss pressing issues concerning these year's Lions. 

  • What's the deal with Matthew Stafford's contract negotiations? Are the Lions waiting on other benchmarks? What kind of numbers can we expect for the 29-year-old?
  • Ryan has a fascination with Lions rookie back-up Brad Kaaya. We try and get to the bottom of his admiration and push for the young quarterback. 
  • Who should the Bears watch out for primarily from Detroit's 2017 rookie class? It looks like Kenny Golladay might be a star in the making. When will Teez Tabor make an impact in the secondary?
  • Taking a look at Detroit's primary deficiencies on defense. Have they made enough of an improvement to where Stafford doesn't have to put the team entirely on his back? Where could they stand to improve?
  • How do the Detroit faithful view the Bears currently and why? What's an area Chicago could exploit from the Lions' perspective?
  • Retired Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been in the news aplenty of late. Does he have a legitimate gripe with Detroit's front office? How comparable is this to the Barry Sanders early retirement saga?
  • The 2017 season, as noted, could really go either way for the Lions. Ryan offers his final, "bold" prognostication on what results to expect for Detroit this year.