The Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens both have significant playoff implications on the line when they meet on Monday Night Football. Here is what the SideLion Report staff sees for the game ahead.
Matt Pelc – After the Snow Bowl, I stepped back and looked at this Lions team in 2013 and was feeling ill. This team has lost six games this season, five of which they led or were tied in the fourth quarter. So many turnovers have cost this team in clutch time and it is so very frustrating.
The narrative over the week was to blame the coaching staff for the 1-3 stretch, but at some point fans have to point to the players. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush are the core of the offense, yet their key turnovers have cost the team games this year. At some point they are all going to wake up and say, “this division is ours for the taking, we have the talent, let’s get it into gear.”
With a meaningful Monday night game (unlike last year’s), the Lions need to use the energy of their crowd to get to a fast start and not let up on the gas. If they sputter, that crowd could get ugly in a hurry, however I feel the Lions will ride the “blue out” and their fans to a positive outcome and begin their three-game winning streak to end the season and nab their first ever NFC North title. Lions 28, Ravens 17
Justin Simon – The Lions have to be one of the most up and down teams in the league. One minute you think they’re on the way to the Super Bowl. The next, they’re on the way to a top 5 pick in next year’s NFL draft. Who are these Lions, anyway? And which ones will show up on Monday Night? Every Lions fan is hoping to see the team that came out and dominated Monday Night Football two years, but can we be so sure which team will show up? I’m not sure.
This game has me really thinking. The Lions should be able to dominate the line of scrimmage, but it seem like every time they should do something, they don’t. I’m giving the Lions the edge this week, but that’s solely for the fact that their playoff hopes (and many jobs) are on the line. For that reason alone, I think the Lions will come out and do everything they can to win. Lions 31 Ravens 17.