Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, Sept. 17)
A loss to the Seahawks early last season wound up being a pivotal game for the final NFC Wild Card spot as the Lions had their closing run to finish the season. So there’s a revenge angle here, particularly as the Lions look to forget about an awful defensive showing against Seattle last year.
This should be an exciting back and forth early-season game between two playoff-caliber teams. But the Seahawks leave Ford Field with a narrow win for the second straight year.
Prediction: Seahawks 27, Lions 26 (0-2)
Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, Sept. 24)
The Falcons could be sneaky good this year, with a real effort to make their defense better in the offseason in particular. But it’s hard to get around the notion that Arthur Smith is ill-equipped to be a head coach, and with decisions he makes he’ll tamp down the ceiling for the team.
I’m going to be beating a dead horse, over and over again here. But the Falcons are a team the Lions should solidly beat if they’re as good it looks like they should be, and they have the better head coach too. A solid mark in the win column here, to get things rolling in the right direction for Detroit.
Prediction: Lions 25, Falcons 14 (1-2)