Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule: Predicting the Wins and Losses

By Lucas Karr
April 21, 2013 8:02 am
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The Detroit Lions are trying to make 2013 look a little more like their 10-6 season from 2011 than their 4-12 season from last year. They are on a current eight game losing streak and should have a legitimate shot at breaking that streak and even starting 2-0 in 2013.

An early draft pick as well as key signings such as Reggie Bush should give this team a kick-start to the season. Locking up Matthew Stafford long term wouldn’t hurt either. Let’s take a look at all 16 games for the Lions and make some predictions.


Week 1 vs Minnesota
: The Lions open the season at home against a team that lost one of its most dynamic player in Percy Harvin. Whatever the reason for the trade, their backfield as well as their passing game will not be the same. The Vikings will grab to first rounders, but I like the Lions to find a way to win this game. It will be a match-up of superstars with AP and Megatron facing off. The Lions win 27-23 to start 1-0.


Week 2 at Arizona
: Arizona has a legit chance to finish the year with two or fewer wins. This will not be one of them. The Lions open the year 2-0 with a 34-13 win.


Week 3 at Washington
: The Skins winning the NFC East in 2012 was no fluke. Detroit will find it very difficult to stop RG3, a healthy Pierre Garcon, and second year back Alfred Morris. The Lions lose this game 17-27 to fall to 2-1.


Week 4 vs Chicago
: The Lions play a second of three division games in the first five weeks when the Bears come to town. This should be a great game and I could see it going either way. In the end, the Bears defense and special teams are enough to take the W. Lions lose 24-27 to move to 2-2.


Week 5 at Green Bay
: This could be a shoot-out, but the Lions offense won’t be able to keep up with the Packers nor will their defense force turnovers like the secondary will for Green Bay. Lions drop a third in a row, 24-37 to fall to 2-3.


Week 6 at Cleveland
: It isn’t easy to win on the road in the NFL and the Browns are slowly improving; but the Lions should have enough offensive power to take this one and stop their three game skid. Lions win 23-16 to move to 3-3.


Week 7 vs Cincinnati
: Games against the AFC North are never easy and this one will be no different. The Bengals have a very good shot at taking that division and this game will be a great chance for a road victory. Lions go down 23-31 to fall to 3-4.


Week 8 vs Dallas
: The Lions have to find a way to go into their bye week with a .500 record and must avoid back to back losses at home. While Dallas might be the better team, Detroit will have more passion in this one. The Lions squeak by in overtime 23-20 to go to 4-4.

 

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15 months ago
Luca - I disagree with the following games, some of which could go either way: Win-Philly; Minn ?; Chicago ? Possibly, some of the other games could be wins. There are Stafford, Bush and Johnson who can make big plays. What is your input?
15 months ago

Thank you for feedback. I think that the Lions have a good team and that they are going to be playing a lot of great teams. They have a very difficult schedule an my feeling is that IF they fall to somewhere around 4-7, they could spiral the rest of the season with no playoff shot. I hope I'm wrong....as a Packers fan I will be cheering for them in their other 4 division games!
15 months ago
While I don't agree with the record, I think Lucas is more on par than another shall-remain-nameless writer who predicted the Lions making the playoffs. I think the Lions go 6-10.

Speaking of the Lions, how does the x-Lion Matt Millen even have a job any where in football?
15 months ago

6-10 sounds very possible. I think that if Detroit is able to get to 5-3 instead of 4-4, it kind of buys another week without feeling like they are out of things (at 5-6 they still have playoff hopes where as 4-7 would be about done). They will make most games competitive for sure.
15 months ago
I also believe that IF they fall to somewhere around 4-7 they could spiral downward. They are known for that. I certainly hope they don't. Good luck to your Packers. They have the potential to go all the way this year.
As a Michigan Alum,I wish they hadn't released Woodson. Do you think that if they had offered him a one year half-way decent contract, he would have signed? I think he has at least one good year left. Was he asking for too much money to sign?
15 months ago

The GREATEST interception in football history was one by Charles Woodson at Michigan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z09R3uZinGs&playnext=1&list=PL15A56252600A6728 I have learned not to be upset by any moves the Packers make because I trust there is always a very good reason. The fact that Woodson remains unsigned means he either wants too much money or his injuries (broken collar bone twice) and age are scaring people away.

You can read my Packers predictions here: http://www.footballnation.com/content/green-bay-packers-2013-schedule-predicting-the-wins-and-losses/22323/
15 months ago
Lucas - That probable situation with Woodson is what I was afraid you would say. Yes, I agree, that interception against MSU was sheer beauty. I never tire of seeing it again and again. I thank you for your responses to my comments.
Oh, before I forget, I agree with you re: the Packers' management. There is no doubt that the Packers' organization knows exactly what it's doing.
15 months ago

BTW, I think Woodson does land somewhere. It will likely be after the draft, once teams have assessed their final needs going into their off-season programs. I would expect to see some type of deal with a bunch of incentives...maybe a lower base salary but bonuses for pro-bowl, interception, etc.
15 months ago
Lucas...Your analysis is a little off because of what happened last season. The Lions will not go 4-12 in back to back seasons if the Lions don't improve their team talent and fill in some if not all of their needs on both sides of the ball then yes, it will be a repeat of last year. If the Lions draft an o-lineman like Jochkel,Fisher or Johnson and draft a fast WR and TE to take double coverage off of Megatron then that will open up the offense even more along with the addition of Reggie Bush who will be used like Percy Harvin and a good replacement for Jahvid Best and that will add 3 more wins alone. If the Lions address the defense by drafting a DE,CB,and replace Stefan Logan on special teams,that will add 2 more wins to get us to 9-7 for 2013. Plus there's finally a sense of urgency placed upon the Lions coaching staff and GM. If we don't make the playoffs in 2013 then it's bye bye Mayhew and Schwartz!!!!!
15 months ago

Interesting analysis. I notice you said "if" a lot. The Lions are playing a much tougher schedule than they did in 2012 as well. As I stated earlier, I think that if the first half of the season is better than 4-4, then they will stay focused and competitive....but actually they could just as easily be 2-6 (i'll give them AZ and Clev) after 8 and really be out of things. 9-7 is going to take beating MN both times, and at least splitting with Chicago. Then winning at least 5 of their other 6 at home.
15 months ago
Lucas, You said the key words...if the Lions stay focused they could have a good season. Remember the Lions went 10-6 in 2011 and make the playoffs and yes last year they finished 4-12 with the same group of players. The Lions have talent but they don't have good coaches that can properly teach and motivate this team consistently, and that lies the major problem. With that there's a lot of jobs on the line hinging on the Lions making the playoffs, so from Mayhew,and Schwartz on down have ran out of chances to make this team play up to it's potential. Time will tell, we shall see.
15 months ago

And the Lions played what ended up being the 5th strongest schedule in 2011....potential yes....but I don't see it happening.
15 months ago
Lucas, let's agree to disagree.
15 months ago

Well, we only have to wait 8 or so months to find out :)
15 months ago
Luca - Your thoughts on Woodson make sense. At one point, I was hoping Woodson and Brady would be teammates. (Two Mich alums.) But, it appears that won't be happening.
15 months ago

Actually the Patriots are still in need of a corner and could shift things around a bit to utilize Woodson's abilities. Don't count it out quite yet!
15 months ago
Chris Hinton - Although I'm no pro, Millen shouldn't be near anything that resembles "football". What a loser. Where do these sports networks find these guys?
15 months ago
Lucas - Fast response! I like the way you think.

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