Detroit Lions: 5 bold predictions for the 2020 season
By Reuben Gasee
#5 – The Lions will finish the season 4-12
If you asked anyone before last season what they predicted the Lions record to be, no one would have said 3-12-1. This season, they’ll do better, but by only one win.
The Lions should have won the season opener against the Chicago Bears but suffered a 27-23 defeat. Before the game, I predicted the Lions to nab a win which they were leading for most of the game but blew it in the fourth quarter, just like they did in the season opener last year.
Their upcoming three games are against the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals. They will lose all three. The Lions did tie the Cardinals last season but Arizona improved their team significantly.
After their Week 5 bye, they have an easier matchup as they head over to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. Against a young, inexperienced, rebuilding Jaguars team they should be able to get their first win of the season.
They then face the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts. They will split these two matchups as they’ll take one of them but lose the other. The prediction here is that they beat the Colts but they could also defeat the Falcons.
Heading into Week 9, their upcoming three matchups are against the Minnesota Vikings, Washington and the Carolina Panthers. They will suffer defeats to the Vikings and Panthers but will take a win against Washington.
The Vikings will be too much for them to contain and Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey as well as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who can run the ball himself will wreck havoc on the Lions weak pass rush. Despite Washington being a team on the rise, their still young and an older Lions team will put them in their place.
After these three matchups, they are scheduled to take on the Houston Texans and the Bears again. They’ll beat the Bears the second time around but the Texans lethal ground attack will give the Lions no chance to win.
The Lions remaining games are against the Packers, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Vikings. 0-4, four straight losses.
The Detroit Lions will finish the season 4-12, get another top-10 draft pick for the third consecutive year. Matt Patricia and most likely Bob Quinn will be relived of their duties. They’ll also be a ton of chatter that the Lions should rebuild, tear things down, and start from scratch.