NFL Network analyst Heath Evans hasn’t hidden the fact that he’s a doubter of the Lions. His opinions seem to have a far reach, though, drawing the ire of fans and media in Detroit, like this. And this.
So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Evans refuses to buy into the idea that the Lions can make the playoffs, either.
“Is this team a playoff team? I still say no,” Evans said Tuesday on “Around the League.” “This is a player-driven league, and they lose that battle to the teams they’re facing inside their own division. I’m not sure they have the players to run the table to get 10 wins in (the NFC North). The experience that the teams have in their division — the Bears, Packers — it is priceless information they’ve had their hands on through experience of being in the playoffs and big games.”
While Evans admits the Lions have been playing “lights out” and believes they will improve to 3-0 against the Vikings on Sunday, he cites the fact the roster is light on big-game experience and also the turnover history (19 TDs, 21 INTs) of QB Matthew Stafford entering this season as holding them back.
The Lions have a tough schedule in the second half of the season, including road games against the Bears, Saints and Raiders, as well as the Packers twice.
“I just don’t see it,” Evans said.
We’re willing to guess there isn’t a Detroit chapter of the Heath Evans Fan Club quite yet.
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