As a sports fan, whether we are ten years old or fifty, we admire and look up to professional athletes. Being an adult, you see these athletes and there is a certain respect you have for them. As a child, these athletes are your role models and idols. We have all been in the backyard pretending to be our favorite athletes at one point in our lives. Who hasn’t shot a fade away on the blacktop and shouted ”Kobe” as you shoot? Who hasn’t pretended to throw the game-winning pass to win the Superbowl? I know I have. We grow so attached to these players who are a staple on their respective teams and in the community.
On Tuesday, Detroit decided to part ways with one of those players. Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline for a 3rd round pick. As a business move, it makes sense for the Detroit Lions. As a fan, I’m sad to see Golden Tate in a different uniform. Tate is scheduled to be a free agent and is going to ask for a lot of money. Not that he doesn’t deserve it, but Detroit was likely going to let him walk. The NFL is a business and this was clearly a business decision. It’s hard to trade away a fan favorite, but it was the right move by GM Bob Quinn. So thank you, Golden Tate, for all the memories that you made in the Honolulu Blue. Best of luck to you in Philadelphia.
This Sunday the (3-4) Detroit Lions head to Minnesota to take on the (4-3-1) Vikings. Sunday will be a true test for this Lions team. They will be facing the very high powered offense of the Vikings. Between Kirk Cousins, and the lethal combination of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen the Lions secondary will surely be tested. Not to mention the Lions are giving up over 140 yards rushing per game. So watch out for either Dalvin Cook or Latavius Murray. If the Lions want to win this game, the defense will need to play much better than it has recently.
This game will have a lot of Lions fans curious about the offense. Since the Golden Tate trade, there has been a lot of speculating as to who will take over his role. TJ Jones is a guy who should see an increased role going forward. Another guy who should get some looks is Brandon Powell. Powell should see quite a few snaps out of the slot and is shifty enough to make some plays. I expect Theo Riddick to see a heavy workload as a pass catcher as well. Riddick has missed the last few games with a knee injury and has been limited in practice all week.
The Vikings open up as a seven-point favorite at home. Detroit will need to bring their A-game on Sunday to steal a win on the road against a division rival. But good news for Lions fans, they have won the last two games at US Bank Stadium.
Mike’s fun fact of the day: Golden Tate ranks 5th all-time in franchise history for receptions. He only played four and a half seasons with Detroit.
Until next time, One Pride