Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule: Predicting the Wins and Losses

By Lucas Karr
April 21, 2013 8:02 am
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Week 10 at Chicago: The Lions play their second game against the Bears with a chance for revenge. Chicago protects their home field advantage though and takes another one from the Lions. Lions lose 16-24 and fall to 4-5.


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.

 

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20 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?
20 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!
20 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?
20 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.
20 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?
20 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/
19 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.
19 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.
19 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!!!!!
19 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.
19 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.
19 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.
19 months ago
Lucas, let's agree to disagree.
19 months ago

Well, we only have to wait 8 or so months to find out :)
19 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.
19 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!
19 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?
19 months ago
Lucas - Fast response! I like the way you think.

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