Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule: Predicting the Wins and Losses
Week 11 at Pittsburgh: Playing back to back road games after a bye doesn’t exactly excite anyone. The Lions playoff hopes are nearly dashed after another loss, 20-23 and drop to 4-6.
Week 12 vs Tampa Bay: The Bucs could be a huge surprise this year. They have the talent and match-up evenly with the Lions. Detroit must again protect their home field to have any shot of righting the ship; but they fail to do so and lose 24-31 to move to 4-7 with their third straight loss.
Week 13 vs Green Bay: With five games remaining and next to no shot at making the playoffs, the Lions start thinking about a top five draft pick. A game against Green Bay is an easy excuse to get a little bit closer to that pick. Lions fall 17-37 and drop to 4-8.
Week 14 at Philadelphia: The Lions are trying to figure out a way not to match their 2012 debacle when they lost their final eight games. Unfortunately the trend line continues in that fashion with no shot at stopping the Eagles offense in a 17-27 loss and a new 4-9 record.
Week 15 vs Baltimore: A game that should have been an important one for both teams playoff hopes ends up being a chance for each to climb closer to a top pick in the 2014 draft. Baltimore fails to live up to their Super Bowl win after key losses on both sides of the ball, but with some chance of making the playoffs left, the Ravens still go into Detroit and get the win. Lions fall 19-16 and sit at 4-10.
Week 16 vs New York Giants: Week 16 of the season is not a good time to play a Giants team that seems to always be in the mix towards the end of the season. Detroit takes a good look around the league and realizes that a 4-12 record would likely mean a top five selection. This isn’t even a game. Detroit loses 13-34 and lands at 4-11.
Week 17 at Minnesota: The Lions have one more chance for redemption while the Vikings are sitting in no man’s land not being able to make the playoffs or get a decent draft pick. Thankfully the division game means something to AP and Megatron who are both looking to break records. It at least gives us a high scoring game, but the Lions lose another, 34-37, and drop to 4-12, completing their second season of losing their final eight games.