The Detroit Lions will open their 2018 NFL season at home against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Hopes are high for this Lions team. The debut season for new Head Coach Matt Patricia should be a good one. Does that mean playoffs? The following is a game by game prediction for the upcoming season.
WEEK 1: JETS 17 LIONS 31
It’s Monday Night Football at home, Lions cruise in Matt Patricia’s debut.
WEEK 2: LIONS 27 49ERS 20
Lions secondary makes life miserable for Jimmy G.
WEEK 3: PATRIOTS 23 LIONS 27
Detroit “upsets” the Patriots on Sunday Night football at home.
WEEK 4: LIONS 17 COWBOYS 28
Too much Cowboys offensive line and the Packers come to town next week. Could be a “trap” game.
FIRST QUARTER OF SEASON RECORD 3-1
WEEK 5: PACKERS 30 LIONS 37
Stafford vs. Rodgers. This has all the makings of a high scoring affair. Detroit takes this one at home.
WEEK 6: BYE WEEK
WEEK 7: LIONS 27 DOLPHINS 17
Miami puts up a fight but just won’t have enough. Detroit pulls away late.
WEEK 8: SEAHAWKS 20 LIONS 24
Seahawks are in the middle of a re-tool. Detroit should be able to put up points on that defense. Russell Wilson will keep it close.
WEEK 9: LIONS 13 VIKINGS 24
Minnesota could be the best in the division. A top defense and efficient offense. Detroit will see how they compare after this game.
SECOND QUARTER SEASON RECORD 6-2
WEEK 10: LIONS 23 BEARS 24
Chicago isn’t on the Lions level talent wise but I think they pull the upset here.
WEEK 11: PANTHERS 21 LIONS 27
Detroit comes home and beats a good Carolina team to stop their losing streak.
WEEK 12: BEARS 10 LIONS 30
Lions get revenge on Thanksgiving Day and now have ten days to rest before playing high powered Rams.
WEEK 13: RAMS 31 LIONS 20
The Rams are loaded on offense and defense and could be too much to handle for Detroit.
THIRD QUARTER SEASON RECORD 8-4
WEEK 14: LIONS 28 CARDINALS 20
Cardinals have weapons, but the QB position is unsettled. This seems like a game for Blount and Johnson to control.
WEEK 15: LIONS 20 BILLS 23
It’s always tough to play in Buffalo in December. Bills defense will make it tough on the running game forcing the Lions to the air. Weather could be in play here.
WEEK 16: VIKINGS 27 LIONS 28
Stafford comes up big and gets the Lions a division win at home.
WEEK 17: LIONS 27 PACKERS 30
With the division on the line, the Lions fall just short and have to settle for a possible Wild Card berth.
SEASON-ENDING RECORD 10-6
EAGLES, VIKINGS, SAINTS, AND RAMS ARE DIVISION WINNERS.
LIONS AND COWBOYS ARE WILDCARD TEAMS.
PATRIOTS, STEELERS, JAGUARS, AND CHARGERS ARE DIVISION WINNERS.
CHIEFS AND RAIDERS ARE WILDCARD TEAMS.