With new pieces in place on both sides of the ball, this might be the year we see the Detroit Lions return to the postseason. Here are my predictions for the Lions’ 2013 season.
Week 1 vs. Minnesota Vikings
I think this game is Reggie Bush’s coming out party as he gashes a Vikings defense that puts too much focus on trying just to stop Calvin Johnson.
Final Score: Vikings 12 – Lions 24
Week 2 @ Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals’ new wide-open offense turns this into a shootout in the first half. The second half will probably see the Cardinals’ defense retool their scheme so Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu can create turnovers on balls forced to Johnson.
Final Score: Lions 24 – Cardinals 34
Week 3 @ Washington Redskins
The game against is just the sort of game Ndamukong Suh loves. I think we see him rip through the Redskins’ offensive line to assault Robert Griffin III for multiple sacks and a timely fumble.
Final Score: Lions 23 – Redskins 13
Week 4 vs. Chicago Bears
While the Lions’ offense can match Jay Cutler on points, I think the Bears defense’ and return game puts them over.
Final Score: Bears 34 – Lions 28
Week 5 @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers should be getting healthy and finding chemistry with their young RBs. They will get ahead early and grind out the clock on the ground in the fourth quarter.
Final Score: Lions 19 – Packers 27
Week 6 @ Cleveland Browns
The Browns will turn this game into a shootout. Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson will put up big plays to match the Browns’ offense. Josh Gordon or Davone Bess will cost the Lions the game with a big play at the end.
Final Score: Lions 28 – Browns 31
Week 7 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
I think this is the game where the Ryan Broyles shows that he almost back to full speed after last year’s devastating knee injury. The Lions win a barn burner on a last-second big play.
Final Score: Bengals 24 – Lions 27
Week 8 vs. Dallas Cowboys
After their underdog victory the week before, the Lions are full of confidence. Unfortunately, the defense matches doesn’t up well against Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
Final Score: Cowboys 28 – Lions 20
Week 9 Bye
Week 10 @ Bears
At this point in the season I think the Bears’ offense has chemistry problems between Jay Cutler and Mark Trestman. The Lions’ defense has the tools to exploit this and leave the windy city flying high.
Final Score: Lions 31 – Bears 13
Week 11 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh is in trouble with an aging defense and an offensive line staffed by matadors. Foul weather might be a factor in this game, but the Lions will take the game in hand on the ground.
Final Score: Lions 19 – Steelers 12
Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This game should have a lot of offense coming from supporting cast players as they will look to focus Darrelle Revis on Megatron. The Lions should win this game in the fourth quarter.
Final Score Buccaneers 27 – Lions 30
Week 13 vs. Packers
The Packers are traveling on a short week after a big game against the Vikings. The Lions will be prepared to stop their high-octane offense while putting up points against their porous defense.
Final Score: Packers 20 – Lions 24
Week 14 @ Philadelphia Eagles
An outdoor game late in the season against the Eagles’ offense is not what the Lions are built for. The Eagles will handle the Lions on both sides of the ball in an embarrassing blowout.
Final Score: Lions 8 – Eagles 31
Week 15 vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravensshould be a playoff hunt with the Bengals at this point. The new faces on their defense will have gelled as they will make a statement against the 7-6 Lions.
Final Score: Ravens 31 – Lions 24
Week 16 vs. New York Giants
By this point, the Lions will need to win out to have any playoff hopes. The New York Giants will come into town in a similar position. This will be a shootout with the edge going to the Giants.
Final Score: Giants 41 – Lions 38
Week 17 @ Vikings
The Lions travel to Minnesota in an attempt to play spoiler. The Vikings don’t have an answer for Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush.
Final Score: Lions 34 – Vikings 17
With an 8-8 finish, the 2013 season should see the Lions putting the pieces together for a strong playoff push next year.