Detroit Lions: Next seven games feature five sub .500 teams

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions will face a favorable schedule after their Week Five bye

The first four games for the Detroit Lions have been rough. Going into their Week Five bye, the Lions have a record of 1-3 and are tied for the worst record in their division. Unfortunately, two of their three losses have come at the hands of NFC North foes, the 4-0 Green Bay Packers and the 3-1 Chicago Bears.

The stats paint a clearer picture as to why the Lions have struggled out of the gate. The Detroit offense currently ranks 26th in average yards per game at 334.0. The Lions passing offense is ranked 22nd (232.3) and the running game is ranked 25th (101.8)

On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions have had similar struggles. Detroit ranks 26th in average yards allowed to opposing offenses with 405 yards per game. The Lions’ passing defense ranks 11th (234.8) and their run defense ranks 30th (170.3).

What those stats don’t reveal is the fact the Lions held double-digit leads in each of their three losses, only to eventually lose them. The ability to finish ballgames has been a lingering problem in the Motor City under head coach Matt Patricia. And it’s one this team must try to solve during their early bye week.

Fortunately, the Lions have an opportunity to gain some serious ground soon. Of their next seven opponents, only one currently possesses a winning record above .500. Here’s a look at Detroit’s upcoming schedule featuring a whopping five sub .500 teams.

Week 6 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
Week 7- @ Atlanta Falcons (0-4)
Week 8 – Indianapolis Colts (3-1)
Week 9 – @ Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Week 10 – Washington Football Team (1-3)
Week 11- @ Carolina Panthers (2-2)
Week 12 – Houston Texans (0-4)

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The Detroit Lions could quickly climb the standings thanks to their favorable schedule of upcoming opponents. But if they are unable to take advantage of the opportunity, Matt Patricia seems unlikely to remain as the head coach in Motown beyond this season.