Yannick Ngakoue

How does the Yannick Ngakoue trade affect the Detroit Lions?

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By Sammy Bovitz August 30, 2020 0 Comment
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Earlier this morning, Adam Schefter reported that Yannick Ngakoue was on his way to the Vikings. What does this mean for the Detroit Lions?

Jaguars star pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Minnesota  Adam Schefter reported that Yannick Ngakoue was on his way to the Vikings. He was traded for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick. What does this trade mean for the Detroit Lions and their division hopes? Nothing good!

The Vikings defense, before and after

In the NFC North preseason roundtable, it was pointed out that the loss of Everson Griffen among others really hurt the Minnesota Vikings defense. But the Yannick Ngakoue acquisition makes up for that and more. As Field Yates pointed out, the Vikings now have three elite duos within their defense. The aforementioned roundtable had half of the division predicting a Packers-Vikings standoff for the division. It’s still reasonable to have doubts about this Vikings team, especially considering the loss of Griffen and Stefon Diggs. That being said, at least a second-place finish should be expected for Minnesota. But what does this mean for Detroit?

Pray for Trubisky

If the Vikings and the Green Bay Packers are battling for the division, that means the battle for third place is down to the Bears and Lions. As the roundtable pointed out, the Bears have a weak offense and elite defense, while the opposite applies to Detroit. The main problem with this is that Chicago has a weapon that they likely won’t start. While Nick Foles is by no means an elite starter, Mitch Trubisky has proven to be inept at leading a Bears offense bursting with potential. The Vikings have asserted them into

But now that Minnesota’s added a proven threat to their defense, they come a lot closer to challenging the Bears’ defensive supremacy. Not only that, but the Lions offensive attack is also the very best in the division due to their versatility. The Lions are a lot worse off for the Ngakoue trade, sure. All three other teams lose a bit of potential when a team adds a threat like Yannick Ngakoue. That said, if the Bears continue to play their cards wrong, they will finish last. Not only that, an expanded postseason like the one we’re about to see could mean that the third-place finisher in this stacked division could sneak in. While the Lions have been knocked down by this trade, they’re not defeated just yet. Only time will tell, though, and Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles could surprise the NFL. But that doesn’t seem too likely.

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