The Lions won six games last year under the leadership of Jim Schwartz. The 2011 season will bring the Lions one step closer to the playoffs.
The Lions will actually get to host a Monday Night Football game this year, and I'm predicting will get to taste the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Here is quick rundown of each Lions game this year, and my prediction for each game.
The Lions start the year out facing an up and coming Bucs team. This matchup features former top picks Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman (2009, first and 17th respectively) and Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy (2010, second and third respectively).
The Lions start the season the way they ended last year, winning 28-17.
As the Chiefs come to town Stafford does something he hasn't done since 2009: Start and finish two consecutive games.
Playoff talk starts to circle around Motown as Stafford leads the Lions to a 21-17 victory.
First game against an opponent who should be a doormat team. The Lions forget they still need to show up and play to win. They show they still have a ways to go losing 14-28.
Lions get into a shootout in Dallas but come up on the wrong side of the score board. The Lions look more like a .500 team after losing 31-38.
Monday Night Football comes to Detroit. It's the first time the Lions have played on Monday night since the 2001 season. Detroit shows it belongs and must be taken seriously beating the Bears 24-17.
The Lions get two games above .500 with their second set of back-to-back wins. The 49ers are still looking for a QB and transitioning to Jim Harbaugh’s coaching. Final score 35-21.
A playoff team comes in, the Lions put up a fight, but show they aren't quite ready to compete for a Super Bowl. Ryan shows why he is one of the best QBs in the NFL, edging the Lions 17-21.
Denver’s defense is better but not good enough, and the Tebow roller coaster hits a dip as Detroit gets an early lead and holds on for a 24-14 win.
Lions rest up at the midway point sporting a 5-3 record.
The Bears get the best of the Lions at Soldier Field in a low-scoring, hard-fought game, 10-14.
The Panther aren't able to plug enough holes. The Lions cruise to a 38-14 win equaling last year's win total.
The Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving since the beginning of the tradition. Lions fans have something to be thankful for as the Lions win an exciting overtime game, 31-28.
Detroit gets revenge for their early season loss, beating the Vikings 31-20.
Raider Nation leaves the Colosseum disappointed as the Lions guarantee a winning season, 23-13.
Lions make it close but lose on a late field goal 17-20.
The Pack and Aaron Rodgers get revenge for Thanksgiving, and the Lions' losing streak at Lambeau continues: 20-17 is the final.
The Lions finish the year with their first winning record since 1999 at 9-7. They are in the mix for one of the wild card spots and end the playoff drought.
I think the Lions finish 9-7. However, there are a couple games that could go differently than I predicted. Those games would be Weeks 2, 3, 11, and 12.