Analyzing the Detroit Lions 2015 schedule


It’s almost impossible to predict the NFL regular season. Every year prognosticators and talking heads get together and pick their new favorite that they believe will win it all. In the end some come close and others are miles away. I’ve decided that this year I would like to throw my name in the ring and take a stab at this regular season prediction game.

Without further adieu, here are my predictions for the Detroit Lions 2015 season:

Week 1: At San Diego Chargers

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The funniest thing to me is that this game is 5 months away and there is already a line on it. I don’t know about you, but if I were a prospective gambler I wouldn’t put money on a team that’s quarterback situation has not been defined yet. Nevertheless the Chargers were listed as the favorites the day the schedule came out. Due to the Chargers uncertainty at the games most important position, I have to go the Lions way on this one. (Lions Win 1-0)

Week 2: At Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are a team to fear in the future. They are still in a rebuilding process and are locked into some sort of love/hate relationship with Adrian Petterson. At the moment the Vikings are trying to find out what kind of team they are. When they do, watch out. For now the Lions should be able to go into the new Vikings stadium and play spoiler. (Lions Win 2-0)

Week 3: Vs Denver Broncos, Sunday Night Football

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts won 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Ford Field will be rocking off its foundation. For the second season in a row the Lions home opener is on primetime. Last year it was Eli, this year its big brother Peyton Manning. This will be a real challenge for the Lions and a game that will show early if they can play with the big boys. The Broncos lost a piece or two just like the Lions did, If you’re expecting the Broncos team that made the Super Bowl two years ago, then you’ll be the guy who loses out on this bet. The home field advantage helps the Lions overcome the Broncos in what could be a shootout. Ford Field during Prime Time is like no other. (Lions Win 3-0)

Week 4: At Seattle Seahawks, Monday Night Football

All good things must come to an end. The Lions will run smack dab into a wall at Centurylink Field. The lions will put up a fight and it should be an exciting game to watch, but in the end the Seahawks will be too much for the Lions. (Lions Lose 3-1)

Week 5: Vs Arizona Cardinals

The Lions are legally obligated to play the Arizona Cardinals on an annual basis like the Mean Machine has to play the guards every year. This time the Lions finally have the home field advantage. Which means the streak in the desert can’t hold the Lions back. Which also means the Lions have one less excuse. Just like the Chargers, there are too many questions at quarterback. For that reason the Lions get it done at home. (Lions Win 4-1)

Week 6: vs Chicago Bears

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What will the Bears be next year? That’s a hard question to answer. The Bears are coming out of the Marc Trestman era that was all about being team that the Bears just aren’t. Now John Fox has to prove that his success isn’t just based on Peyton Manning. This early in the season the Bears won’t be any closer to knowing the answer to these questions and the Lions take advantage with a win. (Lions Win 5-1)

Week 7: Vs Minnesota Vikings

The future shows through in week 7 as Teddy Bridgewater comes in and has one of those days. You saw it last year. Teddy Bridgewater is a learner. After getting sacked 8 times in the first meeting with the Lions, Teddy came back and took the Lions to the wire in the 2nd meeting. This year Teddy gets it done. (Lions Lose 5-2)

Week 8: At Kansas City Chiefs, London Game

The leagues 2nd best rush defense goes up against a team that didn’t throw a touchdown pass to a wide receiver last season, in jolly old England. Should be an interesting game. I’ll take the Lions. (Lions Win 6-2)

Jan 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to throw the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10: At Green Bay Packers

The sky usually blue, the grass is usually green and the Lions usually don’t win at Lambeau field. I would love to say that this year will be different but I just can’t. As usual the game will be fun to watch but the Packers will win yet again and keep the streak going. (Lions lose 6-3)

Week 11: vs Oakland Raiders

The Lions get back on track against the young Raiders at home. Don’t be surprised to see the Lions barely squeak out the win here against Oakland. This team may be in rebuilding mode but they can be a dangerous team. Ask the Chiefs, the Raiders played a part in ruining their playoff hopes last season. (Lions Win 7-3)

Week 12: Vs Philadelphia Eagles, Thanksgiving game

The Lions will do battle with yet another team that has questions at quarterback. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy, then the Eagles could make some noise on Thanksgiving day. Making noise doesn’t always equate to winning. The Eagles will have to pass the ball instead of trying to run on the leagues 2nd best run defense. With the loss of Maclin, I struggle to see who the Eagles will target. (Lions win 8-3)

Week 13: Vs Green Bay Packers, Thursday Night Football

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Ford Field, Prime Time, Division Rival. What more could ask for in this game? This is the game I personally am the most excited for. I saw this on the schedule and politely asked the NFL to take my money. On this night the home team with a roaring crowd behind them will be too much for the Packers and the two will split victories for the 3rd straight year. If this isn’t becoming one of your favorite rivalries, then you must not like football. (Lions Win 9-3)

Week 14: At St. Louis Rams

Nick Fairley will look to show his old team what they will be missing by sitting on the bench with an injury. In all seriousness I wish Fairley the best and I hope he can stay healthy all year. What are the Rams though? Their defense turned it up late last year and they were knocking off playoff teams left and right. Nick Foles is the guy now and the Rams have an all-star defensive front that should be in Stafford’s face all day, on paper. In reality, I’m not impressed by the Rams Defense. They have a lot of names but when you get down to the roots, you realize that they are just that, names. (Lions Win 10-3)

Week 15: At New Orleans Saints, Monday Night Football

I don’t see the Lions escaping New Orleans with a win. Brees and the Saints had a tough year last year, I think they bounce back regardless of the loss of Jimmy Graham. The Lions will lose in Primetime in New Orleans. But at least not in 2011 fashion (Lions Lose 10-4)

December 28, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor (57) during the first quarter at Levi

Week 16: Vs San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are likely in for a transitional year. There’s still a lot of talent on that team. The defense took a large hit will all the retirements and free agents that elected to leave. The 49ers also have a brand new head coach that seemingly was picked from a hat. The 49ers will present a tough challenge to the Lions, and Reggie Bush will be dancing all night, mostly right before the 1st down marker. (Lions Win 11-4)

Week 17: At Chicago Bears

The Lions end the season on the road against a division rival for the second straight season. This time in cold Chicago, where the Lions have a history of playing like the three stooges for some reason. I believe the Lions will win this game. But there will be a lot of penalties, somebody might get suspended, the Lions will gain and lose a lead before gaining it back for the win. When it’s all said and done you’ll question if this is the same team you watched all year. That’s just Lions in Chicago. (Lions Win 12-4)

Once again I’m not big on making predictions. Especially before the NFL Draft or camp. It’s hard to tell who will even be on all these teams come September. All fans and the media are left with is last season. A team could be stripped of every player on the team and be replaced with high school kids and fans would still say “man the Broncos are going to be amazing next year, they were awesome last year” Ask me what I think the Lions will do in August.

So what do you think? What will be the Lions record next season? Leave your comments below and be sure to argue with me on Twitter @Lionmike26

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