5 bold predictions for the Detroit Lions in Week 18 at Green Bay Packers

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Penei Sewell, Detroit Lions
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3. The Lions will score a touchdown that’s not traditional in some way

When I say “not traditional”, I mean touchdowns that are not typical or occur often–special teams touchdowns, defensive touchdowns, someone who’s not a quarterback throwing a touchdown, someone who’s not a running back (or a quarterback) running for a touchdown, someone who’s not a wide receiver, tight end or running back catching a touchdown, etc.

It’s fair to say the Lions will pull out all the stops against the Packers on Sunday night. Dan Campbell is not afraid to go for it on fourth down, sometimes to a fault, and he empowers his coaches (special teams coordinator Dave Fipp and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson as the obvious examples) to try things. Fake punts, reverses, throws to an athletic offensive tackle, etc.

The Lions have plenty of candidates to score a touchdown in a way they ordinarily might not.

Rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams almost broke a longer scamper for a touchdown on his 40-yard run against the Bears in Week 17. Running back Jamaal Williams might be able to throw the ball a little. Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown had a rushing touchdown last year, and he has 95 rushing yards this season. Punter Jack Fox has a passer rating of 110.4 on four career pass attempts (44 yards on three completions). Safety C.J. Moore had a 40-plus yard run on a fake punt a few weeks ago, and it nearly went further. And can we rule out a tackle-eligible pass to Penei Sewell in the end zone?

The Lions will not be afraid to “empty the bag” on Sunday night. A “non-traditional” touchdown could very easily follow.