It has been a disaster start for the Lions to say the least. With the first quarter of the season in the books the Lions stand at 1-3, bottom of the NFC North, and look far from a playoff team. The question many Lions fans are asking themselves is what happened? Last season the Lions excelled in forcing turnovers and scoring points. This season, the only area the Lions are excelling at is giving up special teams touchdowns.
Can the Lions turn their season around or are the Lions to suffer yet another miserable season?
The Lions have all the talent to turn the season around, but looking at the schedule ahead, it is going to be difficult. The Lions next two games are road games against two of the top NFC teams in the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. Even if the Lions were on a hot streak it would be difficult to come out with just one win in that span. after that stretch, the Lions still have to play the Bears and Vikings one more time, Packers twice, Texans, Falcons, and Cardinals, all of whom look much better then the Lions at this point in time.
Realistically, how many of these games can the Lions win? If the Lions return to their 2011 form perhaps they could go 5-4 against these opponents, but the Lions haven’t shown they are cabable of beating any of these teams to this point.
In my opinion, the Lions best case scenario puts them at 9-7, which would still be a stretch for them to make the playoffs. Hopefully the Lions figure out what they need to do to get back on track during the bye week and excel the rest of the season. If they don’t, it will be another forgettable season for Lions fans.