Lions at Panthers: The Lions face a much tougher defense in Carolina than the one they saw against New York. However, OC Joe Lombardi gets the running game going with the combination of Bush and Bell, and they take over the game to keep Detroit on top.
Final Prediction: Lions, 27-23
Lions vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers torches the Lions’ banged up secondary, and passes for over 300 yards through the air. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb perpetually find themselves open deep and help the Packers stay ahead throughout all four quarters.
Final Prediction: Packers, 34-30
Lions at Jets: Although Jim Caldwell and company have just suffered a tough loss at home to division rival Green Bay, they bounce back and attack the new-look offense of the other New York team. This becomes one of the worst games for Geno Smith after Ndamukong Suh continually wreaks havoc in the backfield.
Final Prediction: Lions, 37-13
Lions vs. Bills: In Jim Schwartz’s homecoming, the Lions show just why they fired him, as their lethal offense through the air and on the ground, run all over Mario Williams and the Bills’ defense.
Final Prediction: Lions, 33-17
Lions at Vikings: After losing to division rival Green Bay earlier in the season, Detroit continues its struggles against division rival Minnesota. The Vikings manage to pull the upset and beat the Lions.
Final Prediction: Vikings, 23-20
Lions vs. Saints: This will end up being one of most entertaining games of the season. Two almost identical offenses will find the end zone all day. Expect the Lions to hang on with Calvin Johnson going for over 150 yards and pulling in two touchdowns.
Final Prediction: Lions score in the last minute, beating Joe Lombardi’s former team 40-37
Lions at Falcons (In London): Coming off a disappointing season in 2013, the Falcons show that they are a serious contenders in 2014. Atlanta continues to find running room on the outside and Matt Ryan gives Detroit all it can handle with his intermediate passes.
Final Prediction: Falcons, 34-24
NOTE: This is now the second half of the season. Based on recent history, the Lions have a good chance of collapsing and losing the rest of their games. However, we’re finishing our predictions in hope that they will not follow suit. But this is the Detroit Lions, so nobody really knows.
Lions vs. Dolphins: After having two weeks of rest, the Lions beat the Dolphins at home in a loud Ford Field. The defensive line will attack Miami’s struggling offensive line and sack Ryan Tannehill five times.
Prediction: Lions, 33-26
Lions at Cardinals: The Lions have not played well in Arizona over the past couple of years, losing five consecutive games against the Cardinals. That streak continues as Arizona’s tough defense slows down the Lions’ potent offense.
Final Prediction: Arizona, 27-20
Lions at Patriots: Tom Brady gets the Patriots’ offense in rhythm early, hitting Thompkins and Edelman with two quick strikes. Detroit never catches up and fails to get their running game going.
Final Prediction: Patriots, 34-26
Lions vs. Bears: After losing two consecutive games, the Lions get back on track against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears and hand them a tough loss in front of the home crowd.
Final Prediction: Lions, 37-20
Lions vs. Buccaneers: The Lions’ defensive line has a great day, and pressures Josh McCown to force errant balls to his receivers. This leads to three interceptions and a struggle to get any points on the board for the Bucs.
Final Prediction: Lions win for the first time in December since 2011, 30-20
Lions vs. Vikings: Having already been beaten earlier in the season by Minnesota, the Lions will look for revenge and get it at home. By this time, Teddy Bridgewater will be the starting quarterback, and he will have trouble finding his two receivers in Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings. And even though A.D. will heavily contribute for the Vikings, he alone won’t be enough to take the win.
Final Prediction: Lions, 17-7
Lions at Bears: After winning their past three games, the Lions will continue their momentum against Chicago on a chilly day at Soldier Field. Detroit will seal a playoff spot with this win for the first time since 2011.
Final Prediction: Lions, 30-17
Lions at Packers: The Lions have not won in Green Bay since 1991. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Final Prediction: Packers, 34-24.
The Lions will finish the season 10-6 in Jim Caldwell’s first season as the Lions’ head coach; good enough to get a wild card spot in the playoffs. Matthew Stafford will have his best season as a pro, throwing for over 5,000 yards and 36 touchdowns leading to a Pro Bowl ballot. Calvin Johnson will lead the league in receiving yards once again with 1,873 yards, much thanks to Golden Tate, who will rack up 65 receptions for 876 yards. Rookie TE Eric Ebron will have a semi-disappointing year, but improvement will be evident as each week goes by. Darius Slay will be the Lions’ best player in the secondary, and one of the best young corners in the league. The Lions will also finish the season with +9 turnover ratio, and will score twice on defensive touchdowns. OC Joe Lombardi, despite being in Detroit for only one year, will be a hot candidate for a head coaching position due to his huge impact on the Lions’ offense.
Pro Bowl Players Prediction:
- QB Matthew Stafford
- WR Calvin Johnson
- G Larry Warford
- P Sam Martin
- DT Ndamukong Suh
- LB DeAndre Levy
Best Case Scenario: 12-4, NFC North Champions
Worst Case Scenario: 7-9, Another disappointing season combined with a late season collapse