The 2020 NFL season is here for the Detroit Lions, who kick things off against the Chicago Bears, a Division opponent in the NFC North in week one.
The Detroit Lions have never laid claim to winning and week one is fast approaching so take a look at some bold predictions for week one versus the Bears.
The Chicago Bears have two proven pass rushers in Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn; Mack can be Dominate, and Quinn is no slouch so expect the Bears to get pressure and sack Matthew Stafford at least three times during the game.
It seems that the Lions will be able to run the ball on Sunday, taking advantage of the Bears aggressiveness, utilizing draw plays and screen passes.
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Here’s a bold prediction to consider, Frank Ragnow will show why he is a top center in the NFL.
The Lions will have the ability to run the ball and control the clock because Ragnow is an All-Pro level center.
He will be able to show his skill set by making good blocks and proving he is a top center in the league.
Newly signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson will score a touchdown for the Detroit Lions and get about 8-10 carries this game.
Peterson is a question mark for this weekend, but it seems that he is still going to find his way onto the field.
While on the other hand, Kerryon Johnson will have a huge game getting 17-19 carries.
That being said, another bold prediction is expecting that Kerryon Johnson will have well over 100 yards rushing and be effective in the passing attack, and his ability to pass protect will be critical.
Besides the Detroit Lions running game, take a look at some predictions for the defense in week one.
On offense, Chicago does have some weapons at running back: David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen will be a handful. That being said, expect the Bears to have some success running the football and eclipse 100 yards rushing.
Also, expect the Lions defense to play much better this year, especially with new defensive coordinator Cory Undlin implementing some new wrinkles while taking over calling the defensive plays.
Another bold prediction would be expecting the Lions to generate a much better pass rush this year starting this week sacking Trubisky four times and forcing two turnovers. Desmond Trufant will hold Allan Robinson in check all day, allowing no big plays and no touchdowns.
Another big prediction for Sunday’s contest regarding the Lions defense is that Tracy Walker will have ten tackles plus two pass-breakups. On top of that, Jahlani Tavai will have ten tackles and a sack.
To cap things off, take a look at some predictions for the Detroit Lions offense besides the rushing game.
On the other side of the ball, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. will show the rest of the NFL that they are a top-five duo this week with both accounting for over 100 yards on the day.
Golladay will be a handful for Kyle Fuller, and Jaylen Johnson, a rookie, will be covering Jones Jr. on Sunday. Given that, Stafford will have a career day against the Bears secondary, in fact, I predict that he will complete 65% of this passes, throw for four touchdowns, and over 350 yards, with only one interception.
On top of the bold prediction for Stafford, but I also expect T.J. Hockenson to have an impact on this game, catching about five passes but also showing improvement in his run blocking.
When its all said and done, the Lions are going to be super fired up in front of their virtual fans, and I predict they will win this game 35-17.
Given all of these predictions and expectations for the week one contest, it is time to sit back and see how things play out on the field this Sunday against the Bears.