Kickoff Time: 8:40 PM Eastern (Monday Night Football, ESPN)
The Detroit Lions can be a very sneaky-dangerous team—even if the danger they sometimes pose is to themselves. Unpredictable in all the wrong ways, the Ravens could find themselves facing a brutal pass rush paired with one of the best passing offenses in the league, or an error-prone, undisciplined squad that couldn't football itself out of a paper bag.
This could leave the Ravens prone to underestimating the Lions, which certainly gives the home team an advantage. But sometimes, that underestimation is simply accurate. Regardless, it would be better for the Ravens to approach the Lions as the team with the deafening home crowd and unstoppable-seeming receiver.
The Lions added another dimension to their offense this offseason by bringing on running back Reggie Bush, who is likely to be used in more ways than just a ball carrier. The Ravens defense will have to neutralize Bush's contributions and keep the ball out of Calvin Johnson's hands—or better yet, confound quarterback Matthew Stafford so it never gets there at all.
These are all things the Ravens can do, while at the same time crafting drive after scoring drive when the ball is in Joe Flacco's hands. The Lions are a wild-card opponent, to be sure, but even at their best they aren't too much for the Ravens to handle.
Prediction: Ravens, 24-20