Let’s face it, these “way too early” prediction pieces are nothing more than a way for news outlets and amazing blogs like us to keep readers entertained during a long offseason. Sure, we have no idea which NFL Draft picks will pan out, but somehow we seem to think we can predict an entire season with a high percentage of certainty.
Well, predicting the Detroit Lions 2017 regular season schedule is exactly what I am going to attempt. But, instead of trying to be the smartest guy in the room like many others will do across the internet, I am going to have a little bit of fun with it. If you are looking for an in-depth breakdown of each game, tough crap. In fact, anyone who claims to be doing that is lying to your face.
So, let’s get to it. Here is a look at my not-so-rock-solid game by game predictions for the Detroit Lions 2017 regular season. Disagree? Tell somebody who cares.
First, an overview of the 2017 schedule.
UP NEXT WEEKS 1-4
1. Week 1 – vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals may have been 5-8-1 heading into the final two weeks of the 2016 season, but they finished strong by winning both of those games to finish 7-8-1. Despite their record, the Cardinals ended the season with the fourth-highest point differential in the NFC, which indicates they may have better than their record indicates.
Do you really think the Detroit Lions are going to lose their first game while wearing their amazing new uniforms? HELL NO!!! The fans will be pumped, the Lions players will be pumped, and this one will get all of our hopes up.
DETROIT 31 ARIZONA 20
Week 2 – @New York Giants (Monday Night)
In 2016, when the Detroit Lions traveled to MetLife Stadium in Week 15 to take on the Giants, it ended up being the beginning of a 3-game losing streak to end the season. The New York Football Giants went on to finish 11-5 while the Lions blew the NFC North, finishing 9-7 before losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.
There is no question in my mind that the Lions will score more than the six points they were able to put up last season when the Giants beat them 17-6. That being said, the Giants will dominate on Monday Night Football and Eli Manning will then sell off 11 game-worn jerseys from the big win.
NEW YORK 20 DETROIT 7 (Told ya they would score more than 6!)
Week 3 – vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons were amazing throughout most of the 2016 regular season. They were also amazing in the first half of the Super Bowl as they led the New England Patriots 21-3 at halftime. As you know, that’s when EVERYTHING fell apart for the Falcons as the greatest quarterback ever to play in the NFL (Tom Brady) led the Patriots to a 34-28 overtime win. In general, the Super Bowl runner-up struggles in the following season, we will see if that applies to the Falcons.
Great. The Lions get to play a high-powered offense in Week 3. Luckily, Bob Quinn was smart enough to draft defense, so Lions defense should be better than the disaster they were in 2016. Still, there is ZERO CHANCE they hold the Falcons under 30 points in this one as Matty ‘Ice’ takes down his good buddy Matty ‘Stat’ford. Note: I LOVE MATTHEW STAFFORD!
ATLANTA 34 DETROIT 23
Week 4 – @Minnesota Vikings
Heading into the 2016 season, I was sure the Vikings would be the best team in the NFC North. But then, Teddy Bridgewater went down with injury and hope was all but lost. The Lions were able to beat Minnesota both times they played last season, which allowed Detroit to squeak into the playoffs as the Vikings finished 8-8.
With or without Bridgewater, the Vikings are going to be solid in 2017. Who knows, maybe Darius “Big Play” Slay can make another game-saving interception, but that’s highly doubtful. I just can’t envision the Lions going into Minnesota and escaping with a win.
MINNESOTA 27 DETROIT 17
UP NEXT: Weeks 5-8