This season, the Detroit Lions were projected to lose a lot of games. They were supposed to lose all of them, according to the bookmakers. And they’ve lost all eight games so far.
Recently at home for their most winnable game to date, a duel against an Eagles squad, they were thrashed 44-6. This was their worst loss against a losing club in franchise history. The Eagles had been sputtering coming into the game, which was so comprehensive and depressing that the score of 0-17 showed up, bringing back horrible memories.
In the last 43 years, only two NFL teams have gone 0-16: the Cleveland Browns in 2017 and, yes, the Detroit Lions in 2008.
Here’s a list of the top opportunities for Detroit to get over the hurdle
On Thanksgiving, the Chicago Bears (3-6)
Perhaps it says something about the Lions that their best chance for a win remains against a squad that has previously defeated them. But they stayed in there in that game, and if it hadn’t been for some amazing red-zone mishaps, they would have won, and now they’ll face the Bears at Ford Field in a short week.
Plus, the Bears, who have lost four in a row, aren’t wonderful. Since beating Detroit a month ago, that squad has only won one game, and Matt Nagy’s job might be jeopardized at any moment.
Minnesota Vikings (3-5) on Dec. 5
In Minnesota a few weeks ago, the Lions had led to the final buzzer, only to see another field goal sail between the uprights with zeros on the clock. The Vikings are now on the verge of collapsing, having lost two consecutive games with an offense that can’t sustain drives and a defense that can’t get off the field.
They’ll also be returning from a holiday to San Francisco on the West Coast. There won’t be many better chances for the Lions to win than this.
On Dec. 26 at Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
It is unfair to ask anyone to travel during the holidays to watch the Detroit Lions. On the other hand, this may be one of the last chances to watch Detroit win a game this year.
Yes, the Falcons have won three of their previous four games, but they have done so against the Dolphins, Jets, and a Saints club that has recently lost its quarterback.
They also had some defensive difficulties in Arthur Smith’s debut season. Including a third-down conversion percentage of 47.9%, which ranks in the lowest three in the league. Meanwhile, they have the lowest sack rate in the league. Atlanta is a team that gets to the quarterback the least.
Sunday’s game against the Steelers (4-3)
Pittsburgh has gone on a four-game winning streak after winning only one game in the first month of the season. In that sense, catching the Steelers is a tough break.
However, those players will be on a short week after facing Chicago on Monday Night Football, whereas the Lions will be well-rested after sitting idle the previous week. It’ll be interesting to see how the Lions react to Dan Campbell’s approach to the bye.
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Preview
To get you prepped for Week 13, we’ve got some early odds. The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions will play this week, with kick-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The Vikings were unable to contain the San Francisco 49ers’ attack and fell short of a victory, 34-26. Dalvin Cook, the starting running back, has a dislocated shoulder, therefore his condition should be watched before this game.
The Lions were once again unsuccessful in their bid to win their first game. On Thanksgiving, Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos kicked a game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired, dropping Detroit to 0-10-1.
It’s a new week for the Minnesota Vikings, and with it comes the addition of yet another name on their reserve/COVID-19 list…and this one could hurt a little.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson has been placed on the COVID-19 list, according to the Vikings. Peterson has stated that he is completely immunized, so he might still play in the Vikings’ NFC North showdown with the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. He will be eligible to rejoin the squad if he is asymptomatic and exhibits two consecutive negative tests.
More troubling news as Vikings running back Dalvin dislocated his shoulder on Sunday’s defeat to the 49ers. Cook is anticipated to miss at least the next two games, against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, possibly returning the following week for the Chicago Bears game on Monday, Dec. 20, according to Schefter.
The Lions are likely to be without D’Andre Swift, who is also suffering from a shoulder injury.
Before the injury, Swift had been playing some of the finest football of his young career, establishing personal single-game rushing records in back-to-back weeks. He rushed for 130 yards in a 16-16 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then 136 yards in a 13-10 defeat to the Cleveland Browns.
Swift was tackled to the ground along the sideline by Bears linebacker Roquan Smith in the first half of Detroit’s Thanksgiving game against Chicago. Swift was later ruled out due to a shoulder ailment, which aggravated an injury he sustained against Pittsburgh.
D’Andre Swift has 984 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage this season. With 56 catches, he leads all running backs.
Match Prediction: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
Even though the Lions haven’t won yet this season, they have covered a lot of ground. When these two teams played in Week 5, the Vikings took a 19-17 victory.
The Vikings’ offense has been strong, with wide-out Adam Thielen scoring, but their defense hasn’t been able to slow down many opposing attacks. D’Andre Swift, the Lions’ running back, was hurt on Thanksgiving, but he averted a severe injury.
The Lions should cover if he and T.J. Hockenson can get their offense back on track.
Odds, Spread And Under/Over: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
- Vikings -7 is the re-opened point spread.
- Total points: 48
- Vikings -310, Lions +245 on the money line
- Vikings -7.5 at the start of the game.
- Total points at the start: 48
- DET +7.5 is the early choice.
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Game Preview
The winless Detroit Lions will play the Chicago Bears in their traditional Thanksgiving game on Thursday, putting them in the national spotlight once more.
For the 11th consecutive game, the Lions will be underdogs, as they have been all season. After another loss, this time 13-10 to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Detroit come to this one with a 0-9-1 record.
For the match-up, which kicks off NFL Week 12, online sports betting apps have Detroit as 3.5-point underdogs. Sportsbooks set the line for this game at 3.5 points in Chicago’s advantage throughout the summer.
Week 11: The Lions Lose 13-10 To The Browns.
This season, the kings of the jungle are also the kings of the cover.
Despite their 0-9-1 record, the Lions are a surprising 6-4 against the spread this season, suggesting that coach Dan Campbell is getting respectable effort out of an ineffective group.
The Lions and rookie starting quarterback Tim Boyle struggled to get anything going against Cleveland on Sunday, and the Browns won by sleepwalking.
Even though Baker Mayfield was injured, Nick Chubb did well without much help from the passing game.
The great running back, who had missed the previous game due to Covid-19, had 133 yards on the ground and produced key rushes to help the Lions run out the time.
In his first game, Boyle completed 15 of 23 passes for 77 yards and two interceptions.
The Bears Are On A Five-game Losing Run, And Nagy Is On The Hot Seat.
The Bears went on a four-game losing streak before taking a Week 10 bye. In Week 11, it was more of the same.
Chicago lost 16-13 to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, who were missing star quarterback Lamar Jackson due to sickness.
Tyler Huntley did just enough for the Ravens to beat the Bears, but that’s not saying much these days.
Furthermore, rookie quarterback Justin Fields left the game in the second half with an injury, which will be monitored throughout the week.
Matt Nagy, the Bears’ coach, might be on thin ice, and his job fate for Thursday could be in jeopardy as well.
Preview and Prediction
In only four days, the Chicago Bears (-4) will travel to Detroit for a Thanksgiving battle against the Lions, and the early line from DraftKings Sportsbook has the Bears as a 3.5-point favorite with a 42.5 point over/under.
For now, it appears that the game will feature two backup quarterbacks for the nationwide audience on FOX. Andy Dalton of the Chicago Bears looks set to replace Justin Fields, who left Sunday’s game with injured ribs.
While Tim Boyle of the Detroit Lions is expected to start for the second straight game as Jared Goff recovers from an oblique injury.
Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears
- Bears -3 at the start of the game.
- Total points at the start: 44.5
- Bears -160, Lions +140 on the Moneyline.
Detroit Lions vs Cleveland Browns Game Preview
After a humiliating loss to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns are now 5-5. Although it was a difficult loss to accept, there is some positive news. The fact that they’re still within striking distance of the Baltimore Ravens and have two games against them coming up in Weeks 12 and 14 — with a bye in between — is some good news.
But before in week 11, they are to play the Detroit Lions, who have yet to win a game this season. That implies that if Cleveland can take advantage of these next three games, they may be able to preserve the season.
Detroit Lions Rue Missed Chances
Last week, the Lions tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 16-16 in a sloppy and uninspiring game. Despite Ben Roethlisberger missing the start due to Covid-19 and Pittsburgh turning the ball over three times, the Lions were unable to capitalize on their mistakes and earn a victory.
Quarterback Jared Goff appeared absolutely confused during the game, completing only 114 passes for 114 yards. The Lions had only surpassed 300 total yards five times all season, and their 387 yards allowed were their third-highest total.
The Jared Goff experiment has failed miserably. Goff is asking to stand on the sideline and handle a clipboard after his recent performances.
Cleveland Browns News
After a great start, the Browns have faltered due to injuries and offensive inefficiency. Last week, the Cleveland Browns suffered their worst loss of the season, falling 45-7 to the New England Patriots garnering a season-low 217 yards on offense. They’ve scored less than 20 points five times in their previous seven games and more than 40 twice. After blowing away the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9, the outcome was disappointing.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the running back duo, were both out, leaving D’Ernest Johnson to handle the weight in the backfield once more. Additionally, Baker Mayfield exited early due to injury, allowing Case Keenum to take over.
Kevin Stefanski, the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, is now trying to steer a ship with a lot of holes in it. Case Keenum and D’Ernest Johnson have been the lifesavers, filling those holes with bubble gum. However, if Mayfield, Chubb, and Hunt play in Week 11, the boat should have fewer holes.
Week 11 Prediction: Browns vs. Lions
In Week 10, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland offense struggled a lot. Even worse off was the defense. They should be able to bounce back against Detroit at home.
We expect the Browns to easily win this game. Fans will be cheering again after an expected 36-14 victory. But the real issue is whether they can parlay that victory into positive momentum for the most vital stretch of the season when they face the Ravens twice in a row.
Odds, Spread, and Total Spread for Lions vs. Browns:
Browns -10.5 (+10.5), Lions +10.5 (-110) (-110)
- Browns -550, Lions +425
- Total: 45.5 (Under -110) (Over -110).