Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions free safety Louis Delmas (26) celebrates after the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. The Lions won 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Beat Chicago Bears: Lions Could Go 7-1 In First Half Of Season

It was a classic match-up of the black and blue division at Ford Field and it was a victory the Lions needed to have in  order to stay ahead of the pack in the NFC North.

The result: Detroit Lions beat Chicago Bears 40-32.

The impact: The Lions find themselves in first place in the NFC north and have an excellent opportunity to stay there for the forseeable future. In fact the Lions could be 7-1 the next time they meet the Bears at Lambeau Field. Here is how the Lions upcoming schedule could work out before the bye in Week 9.

Lions Upcoming Schedule

Detroit @ Green Bay

Next week the Lions have a good chance to get a rare win at Lambeau Field. The Packers are out of sync and having trouble finding their offensive momentum.  If they play the way they played against the Bears the Lions should win this road game.

Detroit @ Cleveland

A couple of weeks ago the Browns traded away Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first round pick.  The move made it look as if the Browns were throwing in the towel on 2013.  But a change at QB to Brian Hoyer helped the Brown win the battle for Ohio over the Bengals 17-6.  So are the Browns on the upswing? Maybe, but they should still be no match for the Lions.  Fans should expect a win here.

Detroit vs Cincinnati

The Bengals have high expectations to meet after appearing on HBO’s Hard Knocks. A couple of early season wins and a breakout performance by QB Andy Dalton have helped to fuel those expectations.  However, the loss to the Browns shows they are a team still trying to learn to win on the road.  Although the game against the Bengals happens at Ford Field, this is a trap game for the Lions who should come into this game 5-1.  The Lions have the talent to beat the Bengals but may get caught looking ahead to the Cowboys. That said Fans should expect a win here.

Detroit vs Dallas

If the Lions take care of business they will be entering this home game against the Cowboys 6-1. It may be crazy to think but the Lions have a great chance to win a close game at home against the Dallas just before the bye week.  The difference here is home field advantage. Fans should expect a close win here but if this game were on the road game it would be a win for Dallas.

That’s right Detroit could be 7-1 by the time they play at Chicago in Week 10.  If they can do that, Lions fans will be foaming at the mouth for the playoffs to start.  Assuming of course the Lions can avoid a second half collapse.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Alright HOMER Simpson! The Lions and 7-1 are lofty goals here. Just take care of business 1 game at a time. It’s hard to win on the road vs. anyone. 2 weeks ago the Lions lost to the Cardinals out there. Winning on the road in the division is even tougher. Do I believe the Packers are better? No! What has to happen is the Lions have to play 60 minutes and not shoot their selves in the foot like they still do. The Bears were getting back in the game late. 7-1, probably not, but 6-2 is doable…Set the Packers back to 1-4 and then the pressure on the Packers goes to the red!

    • Tony Fischer

      Douh!! Well I guess I deserve that but I look at the games and see winable games. The Green bay game is gonna be tough. Thanks for reading!!

      • Daniel Laxen

        I understand, but assuming always gets us in trouble, and looking too far down the schedule is what happens to teams that think they are better than they are…That said, those games appear winnable, but that’s why they play these games. You really have to play to the cliche’ “One game at a time.”
        Good luck with the Packers this weekend. I’d love to be able to say, “See I told you guys the Lions were the team to beat in the NFC North and the Packers would struggle all season!”

        • Tony Fischer

          I agree can’t look too far ahead but the stretch between Chicago games seemed appropriate. If we can manage a win in Green Bay this weekend we will be cooking with gas. That is of course we don’t drop a gem to the Browns or Bengals.

          • Daniel Laxen

            One of em’ is a logical loss. Out of conference and let down after the Packers and Bears. They did lose at Arizona which I didn’t think possible either…