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2011 NFL Predictions & Preview: Detroit Lions 79 – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 1st, 2011 by Chalk

2011 NFL Predictions & Preview: Detroit Lions 7-9
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With the NFL regular season fast approaching, we at SportsUntapped are taking our crystal balls out of storage and examining each team’s full 16-game schedule to prognosticate how the 2011 season will play out. We’ll look at all 32 teams and reveal each one’s final record. Next up: Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions, who are facing slightly higher expectations this season.

Detroit Lions

Last year’s record: 6-10.

Vegas Over/Under on 2011 Regular Season Wins: 7.5.

First four games:
Sept. 11 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Dallas, 1 p.m.

The big early test for the Lions will just be proving they can win on the road, something they’ve done very little of in recent seasons. I see them opening with a maybe against fairly weak competition and being 2-2 after four weeks.

Second four games:
Oct. 10 Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 San Francisco, 1 p.m.
Oct. 23 Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

A pretty tough home schedule continues, but two more wins and a .500 record at midseason is fairly likely.

First four games of the second half:
Nov. 6 BYE
Nov. 13 at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Nov. 20 Carolina, 1 p.m.
Nov. 24 Green Bay, 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

The bye week could be enough to get an upset over the Bears at Soldier Field, but probably not. Looks like 5-7 after 12 games.

Last four games:

Dec. 11 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 24 San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Jan. 1 at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Getting two wins might depend on the Packers and/or Chargers have nothing to play for in the last two weeks, but that’s a fairly good bet. So we’ll say another year of small improvements for the Lions to a 7-9 record. I’m not convinced these Lions will ever be ready for prime time, but I’m almost positive they won’t be this season.

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