Just over a year ago, the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions ignited the NFL world with a blockbuster transaction that resulted in one of those teams winning the Super Bowl.
Detroit and Los Angeles agreed to exchange starting quarterbacks, as well as two first-round picks and a third-round pick going to the Lions. It was amazing since then-LA QB Jared Goff had led the team to a Super Bowl berth only two years prior and was just in his sixth season in the NFL. All this while Stafford, a Lions franchise legend, was entering his 13th season in the NFL and still putting up incredible numbers on an underperforming club.
The Rams’ decision was taken because they had a clear win-now mindset. Rams coach Sean McVay had helped build a squad that was filled with talent on both offense and defense. But Goff’s play has been lackluster at best since their Super Bowl victory in 2018. With the team’s premier talent aging, LA felt their potential championship window was fading. So they were looking for an improvement in QB play and found it in Stafford. He also had previously demanded a trade from the organization after 12 years and no post-season wins.
Overview of the game details
Matt Stafford guided the Los Angeles Rams to their second Lombardi Trophy with a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday night. By rallying from behind at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, Stafford helped his alma school achieve a historic feat.
A crucial part of the game was when a Stafford interception came from Rams wideout Ben Skowronek, who played a larger role in the second half after Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a non-contact injury in the second quarter.
Stafford and Cooper Kupp, on the other hand, performed what they had done all season. They dialed in when the game was on the line. Offsetting penalties negated a four-yard Kupp touchdown on first-and-goal inside two minutes. Stafford connected with his No. 1 weapon again three plays later for a one-yard touchdown, giving the Rams the final 23-20 advantage, which Aaron Donald would secure with a vital pressure on Burrow on the next drive.
Should the Lions have traded Stafford?
Many questioned Stafford’s ability to be a “Super Bowl-level” quarterback. An enormously wide label commonly used to players who have yet to win a post-season game. Stafford and the Rams won the Super Bowl in Los Angeles. Whether you credit Stafford, Sean McVay, Donald, or Cooper Kupp, the reality is that Stafford won a Super Bowl in his first season after leaving Detroit.
Not only is the Lions’ 2023 first-round selection still on the table, but the draft picks have failed to produce anything concrete. Who knows what will happen with the 32nd pick? Or who knows what Melifonwu’s future will hold? Who knows how the Rams will do in the coming season?
Furthermore, we don’t believe the Lions could have got more in exchange for Stafford.
We believe the Rams deal still provided the Lions with the best opportunity to rebuild. The Rams made the most of their transaction. It’s now up to the Lions to follow suit.
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers Game Preview
With their win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers claimed the NFC’s top seed. What will Green Bay’s starting lineup look like in Week 18 against Detroit, now that they’ve clinched the top seed? With that in mind, let’s look at the NFL odds for the Packers vs. Lions match-up and the prediction.
The Packers’ top seed is secured thanks to the Cowboys’ defeat.
To clinch the No. 1 seed, Green Bay either needed to win their remaining games or the Cowboys needed to lose one of theirs. The Cardinals handed Dallas that setback and the Packers followed up with a win against the Vikings to clinch the top seed with a game to spare.
They can now choose to rest their starters as they choose which players to play. This would give them two weeks of game respite before returning to the field in the Divisional Round.
The betting line for this game was posted late, implying that the Packers are undecided about whether to rest their starters. The other opinion is that taking two weeks off from competitive football is a terrible idea. Is it better to let them play this week rather than put them into a playoff game in the second round? Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers both mentioned that they would like to play at least part of the game against Detroit.
The Lions are playing for pride in Detroit
The Lions, on the other hand, are affected by the game on the other side of the NFL. We’re not talking about the play-offs, but rather the first overall choice in the draft. Detroit is now in second place and cannot fall any farther. The Texans, Jets, and Giants, who have all won four games, hold the third, fourth, and fifth choices, respectively. Detroit’s status will not be affected by a third win.
A loss, on the other hand, may propel them into first place, where they had been for the bulk of the season before winning a pair of late games. If the Lions lose, they’ll still need the Jaguars to beat the Colts in the 2022 NFL Draft order.
While they may not have any post-season decisions to make, do they have any quarterback decisions to make? Is Detroit weighing if Jared Goff is the franchise’s long-term future? Absolutely. Do they know the solution or even need to act on it yet? Not totally, at least. In any case, the Lions’ summer will be fascinating, given their cap room and draft capital.
Prediction for the Packers vs. Lions game
Without all the game’s details, which will be released later this week, this is a difficult one. However, based on the current line there is the assumption that the Packers would rest at least some of their starters.
It doesn’t mean a whit to the Packers, and it provides the Lions plenty of momentum heading into the summer. It’s also worth mentioning that Detroit players are vying for roster places on a club that is expected to make a lot of changes in the coming years. They’ll be competing for more than just bragging rights.
- Packers -3 in the spread
- Packers -160, Lions +140 on the Moneyline.
Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Game Preview
The Detroit Lions are towards the top of the expected 2022 NFL draft order in the season’s last game. While this is nothing new, the next 2 weekends of this season will determine whether the Jaguars or Detroit Lions will have the first overall choice in the draft.
Before all of that, the Lions have a match-up against the Seattle Seahawks in the Pacific Northwest. Can the Lions catch an out-of-contention Seahawks club off guard?
With rain in the forecast, the Seattle Seahawks (-7.5) (5-10) will meet the Detroit Lions (+7.5) (2-12-1) in a traditional Sunday start. With nothing to play for in Seattle, it’s time for the team to focus their attention on the Seahawks’ three offensive talents. Each of whom has a record to defend.
Russell Wilson has 18 throwing touchdowns and will try for two more, as he has never finished with fewer than 20. Tyler Lockett has already surpassed 1,000 yards for the third year in a row. But he is only 5 yards away from setting a new career-best in receiving yards. DK Metcalf has 846 receiving yards, which puts him 54 yards shy of 900 yards receiving. As he did in both of his first two NFL seasons, and 154 yards shy of his second consecutive 1,000-yard season.
The Seahawks are a 7-point favourite with a -105 betting line. With equal odds both ways, the Total at 42.5. (-110). Finally, the Seahawks are a massive favorite at -300, while the Lions are a little underdog at +235.
With a high of 42 degrees, there’s an 80 percent chance of rain.
History of All-Time Matches
The Seahawks are 10-5 all-time in the series, with a 6-1 mark since the turn of the century. The Seahawks’ recent Wild Card victory against the Lions in 2017, the last time Detroit made the play-offs, is included in that record. The Lions last defeated the Seahawks in Russell Wilson’s rookie season in 2012.
Both clubs are in last place in their division, and with only two games remaining. They are both likely to finish last. Seattle and Detroit, as you might expect, are both out of postseason contention. The Lions have a lot to play for (or lose for). This is since they are in line for the second selection in next year’s NFL Draft, while the Seahawks surrendered their first-round pick in 2022.
In Campbell’s first season as head coach, the Lions will play hard in all three phases, as they have all season. The Seahawks, on the other hand, are a bit of an enigma since no one knows how they’ll react now that they’ve been eliminated from the post-season contention. As a result, the game will be close throughout the four quarters, and neither team will be able to break away from the other. Unless Swift goes completely insane in his comeback, Seattle should have enough firepower to outlast Detroit and win its final home game of a poor season.
- Prediction: Seahawks to Win by 23, Lions 17
Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons Game Preview & Odds
In Week 16, the Detroit Lions (2-11-1) travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons (6-8). The game will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday live at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Check for our NFL selections and predictions when we look at the Lions vs. Falcons odds and lines.
The Detroit Lions triumphantly won their second game of the season in Week 15 after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 30-12 at home. Quarterback Jared Goff fired three touchdown passes to lead the Lions to their eighth straight victory against the Arizona Cardinals. The Detroit Lions led Arizona by 3 in the first quarter and had a 17-0 advantage at halftime.
The Falcons were no match for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, losing 31-13. Atlanta Falcons gave away to the 49ers 162 running yards and three rushing scores. This was while they were generating only 275 total yards of offense. With 18.8 points per game, the Falcons are now ranked 26th in the league.
Even before the NFL’s massive coronavirus outbreak in Week 15, another renowned quarterback was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.
Jared Goff of the Detroit Lions was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. This was approximately 24 hours after guiding Detroit (2-11-1) to a shocking 30-12 upset victory against the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field on Sunday.
Goff was outstanding, completing 21 of 26 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns in what rival quarterback Kyle Murray described as the Lions’ “hungrier” effort.
Head-to-head: Lions vs. Falcons
Since 1966, the two teams have met 38 times. The Lions lead the series 25-13 and have won nine and six games in a row in the series.
They’ve only met twice in the previous five years though, drawing both games. Last season, the Lions defeated the Falcons 23-22 in Atlanta, while the Falcons defeated them 30-26 in 2017.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 4-2 in six career starts versus the Lions, with 11 touchdown passes. Goff is 0-2 in two starts against the Falcons.
Odds, spread, and lines for the Lions vs. Falcons
- On The Money line: Lions +165 | Falcons -205
- Against The Spread (ATS): Lions +3.5, -105 | Falcons -3.5, -115
- O/U (Over / Under): 44.5, O: -103 | U: -117
Find more odds for this game at BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan.
COVID And The Odds
Players being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list has proven to be unexpected for bookmakers and fans. Both parties are eager to know when an injured player will be able to return.
Baker Mayfield, the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, tested positive last week and was unable to pass protocol for the Browns’ game against the Oakland Raiders on Monday. The game had been postponed by the NFL for one day, but the Browns still had 19 players and personnel on the reserve/COVID-19 list when kick-off came on Monday. Hopefully though, the Lions vs Falcons game will still go ahead on Sunday as normal.