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1. The Detroit Lions Will Win A Playoff Game
1991. I was four-years-old.
Well, almost four.
In front of a sold out crowd at the Pontiac Silverdome, the Detroit Lions defeated the Dallas Cowboys for their only playoff win of the Super Bowl era.
“It was outstanding, (The Silverdome) was deafening. You couldn’t even hear yourself think it was so loud, and the fans were so appreciative.” Former Lions head coach, Wayne Fontes
The Lions lost 41-10 at Washington in the NFC championship game the next week, and are 0-6 in postseason games since.
That was 24 years ago.
It’s this streak in its self that has made Detroit Lions fans so critical of their franchise, and it’s certainly understandable. As fans who spend good money to attend these games or route for them on television, all that really matters is winning.
This year will be no cake walk either.
Detroit opens up their season with a tough four game stretch that includes road games in San Diego, Minnesota and Seattle, as well as a home game against the Broncos in week three. They then start out the second half of the season in week nine, on the road in Green Bay where they also have not won since 1991. To finish the year, three of four games on the road once again.
There will certainly be an emphasis on capitalizing on home wins, and they’ll also have to win some of those tough road games at the beginning and the end of the year — but I think this team, with this coaching staff is up to the task.
Under Caldwell, you cannot label this team as the “Same Ole Lions”, because they aren’t. Times have changed. The roster is now full of intelligent, high character players that will continue to get better as 2015 goes on.
Go ahead, call me a homer, but my No. 1 bold prediction for the Detroit Lions in 2015 is a win — in the playoffs.