Predicting the Remaining Games on Detroit's Schedule

The Detroit Lions are 6-4 and first in the NFC North. They're coming off a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite another huge game from Calvin Johnson.

The Lions need to get back to their winning ways if they want to stay on top of their conference and make it to the playoffs. Here's how the Lions will hold up against their remaining opponents:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Home game): The Buccaneers stand at 2-8, and have allowed 237 points so far this year. Doug Martin, who was expected to do very well this season, is on injured reserve, and Tampa's top reciever, Vincent Jackson, has just five touchdowns on the season. With the terrible season Tampa Bay is having, Detroit should have no problem winning this matchup.

Green Bay Packers (Home game): The Packers are 5-5 and third in the NFC North, two spots behind the Lions. With Aaron Rodgers out with a collarbone injury, the Packers are struggling. Rodgers is expected to be out for three weeks, and isn't expected to be healthy in time to play the Lions. Green Bay is coming off of a loss against the New York Giants, and without Rodgers to pass the ball, Green Bay must rely on Rookie RB Eddie Lacy if they want to stand a chance against Detroit. The Packers have already beaten the Lions this season, but if Rodgers is inactive, it could end up being a close game.

Philadelphia Eagles (Away game): The Eagles are 6-5, first in the NFC East, and quarterback Nick Foles has been killing it recently. Foles has 16 touchdowns on the season, and still hasn't thrown an interception. Team leaders LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are a large part of the Eagles success, and the Lions will have to contain both if they want to beat Philadelphia. The Lions will have their work cut out for them in this game, and their defense must be well-prepared for Foles. This could be the Lions' toughest opponent on their remaining schedule, especially since it's on Philadelphia's home turf.

Baltimore Ravens (Home game): The Ravens are 4-6 this season and after being delayed for nearly two hours this week and going into overtime they lost to the Bears. Their run game has been at a minimum throughout this season until Ray Rice finally stepped up his game. It could be another close game in Detroit if both teams use their key players. With how Calvin Johnson has been playing he could be the number one weapon against Baltimore.

New York Giants (Home game): After starting 0-6, the New York Giants have won four straight and are currently third in the NFC East. They had a rough start to the season, but seem to have turned things around. Eli Manning has 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions on the season, and the Lions should have no problem in this game if the defense can put pressure on Manning.

Minnesota Vikings (Away game): With a 2-8 record, the Vikings don't seem to be moving anywhere but down this season. Their star player, Adrian Peterson, isn't enough to win games on his own. The Lions, who have already beaten the Vikings earlier in the season, should be able to win again. Detroit is just a more explosive team than the Vikings this year.


With their remaining schedule, the Lions should see more wins than losses for the rest of the season and comfortably reach the playoffs.

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