The second quarter will be EXTREMELY important for the Detroit Lions. After losing three in a row to drop to 1-3 on the season, it will be crucial they turn things around before it is too late. Thankfully, the open the second quarter with a bye week, which is followed by four winnable games.
Week 5 – BYE
After starting 1-3, the Lions will welcome this bye week with open arms!
Week 6 – @Green Bay Packers (MNF Game)
The Lions get lucky as their annual game at Lambeau is being played in October rather than December. That, coupled with the fact the Lions are coming off a bye and the Packers are coming off back-to-back weeks of facing the Eagles and Cowboys could give Detroit an edge. Unfortunately, this one is being played on Monday night and you can bet the Packers will dig deep and pull out a close one.
Packers 23 Lions 20
Week 7 – vs. Minnesota Vikings
This game is interesting to me. Personally, I believe the Vikings will be the Lions biggest obstacle in the NFC North but at the same time, I do not believe Kirk Cousins is anything special. The Lions, who will have immense pressure to turn their season around, win a close one to move to 2-4 on the season.
Lions 20 Vikings 17
Week 8 – vs. New York Giants
Saquon Barkley is the best running back in the NFL and he will be for a long time. Unfortunately, for the Giants, that is about all they have at this point. The Lions will roll to move to 3-4 on the season.
Lions 31 Giants 17
Week 9 – @Oakland Raiders
Heading out west, no matter who the opponent, is never an easy task for the Lions. But the Oakland Raiders will not be a good football team and at this point, who knows if Antonio Brown will even be on the team. (UPDATE: HE won’t!) The Lions go on the road and come home at .500.
Lions 30 Raiders 20