Detroit Lions Schedule 2014: Predicting Every Game

Predicting Every Game on the Lions' Schedule

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The NFL released every team's schedule on Wednesday evening and the Detroit Lions' schedule doesn't exactly feature many 'easy' games. Let's take a look at each game and predict the outcome of each as well.

Week 1: vs. New York Giants

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Week 1: vs. New York Giants

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The New York Giants and Detroit Lions played an overtime thriller a year ago, but neither team was playoff bound. This is the first Monday Night game of the year and it's at home in Detroit. Matthew Stafford will have quite the opening game as he hits new wide out Golden Tate early and often.

Lions 28, Giants 24 (1-0)

Week 2: at Carolina Panthers

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Week 2: at Carolina Panthers

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Carolina is struggling to find receivers to fill the many holes that departures did to plague the receiving corps. This will put some ease on the Lions' defense and let the offense do what it does best -- score. However, the Panthers' tough defense will limit the Lions' scoring attack.

Lions 20, Panthers 23 (1-1)

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

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Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay is the favorite to win the NFC North for a reason and it's because they are strong enough and experienced enough to win on the road. Aaron Rodgers is back and ready to prove himself as the league's MVP.

Lions 17, Packers 27 (1-2)

Week 4: at New York Jets

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Week 4: at New York Jets

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The Jets are struggling right now to find an identity. It was almost a miracle that they weren't a laughing stock last season, but with very little offense -- besides the addition of an aging Chris Johnson -- the Lions should have no problem stealing a win on the road.

Lions 34, Jets 20 (2-2)

Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills

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Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills

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Playing a pesky Bills team at home will be much tougher than people really expect, but the Lions are clearly the stronger team and that will show. Stafford will have a great game and Calvin Johnson will rack up over 100 yards receiving.

Lions 31, Bills 23 (3-2)

Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings

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Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings

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Divisional rival Minnesota had quite the poor season a year ago and it looks like the Vikings are trying their hardest to rebound from that poor performance. With a likely rookie starting at quarterback next season for Minnesota, I wouldn't doubt if it took a few games for him to get his bearings. Unluckily for the Lions, this is six games in and not just a few.

Lions 24, Vikings 27 (3-3)

Week 7: vs. New Orleans Saints

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Week 7: vs. New Orleans Saints

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The Saints have one of the scariest offenses in the NFL and the Lions will see just why they should have made defense a priority this offseason. Detroit will have a very difficult time stopping the duo of Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham.

Lions 20, Saints 35 (3-4)

Week 8: vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Week 8: vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Atlanta had a rough season a year ago, but so did the Lions. Detroit will be much overdue for a road win by the time this game rolls around and don't be surprised if the Lions sneak one out in Atlanta by a slim margin.

Lions 30, Falcons 27 (4-4)

Week 10: vs. Miami Dolphins

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Week 10: vs. Miami Dolphins

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Miami isn't exactly the toughest team in the league but it is one of the most improved. Ryan Tannehill will be playing great once again and it will be tough to take a win from a tough Dolphins team. However, the Lions will use home field to their advantage.

Lions 30, Dolphins 21 (5-4)

Week 11: at Arizona Cardinals

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Week 11: at Arizona Cardinals

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The Cardinals have been another one of the most improved teams in the league as well and the Lions have struggled against them in recent games. This time will be different as Reggie Bush will run all over the defense and have a career-game.

Lions 35, Cardinals 28 (6-4)

Week 12: at New England Patriots

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Week 12: at New England Patriots

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New England is just far too strong a team for the Lions and Tom Brady will pick apart the weak secondary of Detroit. Don't be surprised if this one ends up being a laugher before it's all said and done.

Lions 14, Patriots 33 (6-5)

Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears

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Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears

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Another huge game in the Lions' season comes at the hands of the Bears at home. Detroit will need to win this one in order to keep playoff hopes alive -- and it will. They will match their season win total from a season ago.

Lions 28, Bears 21 (7-5)

Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers are a team who will be playing for nothing but pride at this point in the season -- and that's usually what gets the Lions. It's looking like this one will be a loss and there's no excuse for such a poor home loss, but hey, it's the Lions.

Lions 34, Buccaneers 37 (7-6)

Week 15: vs. Minnesota Vikings

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Week 15: vs. Minnesota Vikings

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Minnesota got the first meeting between these two teams, but the Lions will come out angry and put up some serious points against the Vikings -- who have struggled ever since beating the Lions the first time.

Lions 41, Vikings 28 (8-6)

Week 16: at Chicago Bears

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Week 16: at Chicago Bears

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Facing the Bears on the road hasn't been a kind task to Detroit in quite some time -- even though they won both last season. Detroit will struggle mightily in the Chicago cold and fail to put up even 20 points in a crucial game, eliminating them from playoff contention.

Lions 14, Bears 24 (8-7)

Week 17: at Green Bay Packers

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Week 17: at Green Bay Packers

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The Lions have already been eliminated from the playoffs, so what's the point of winning at this point, right? Well, that's how they will feel and this game will be another thumper if they aren't careful.

Lions 20, Packers 37 (8-8)

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