Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule: Predicting the Wins and Losses
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.