2020 Detroit Lions schedule predictions: Here’s what experts are forecasting
Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down when the Detroit Lions’ 2020 schedule and how that sets up for them. Detroit Free Press
The 2020 Detroit Lions schedule is out, and the consensus is the Lions won’t be making the playoffs, even after the offseason expansion to seven playoff spots.
Alas, prognosticators around the internet expect the Lions to have another middling, albeit better season after finishing 3-12-1 in 2019.
Will that be enough for Matt Patricia and Co. to return for Year 4 in Detroit? It’s unlikely.
Here’s a roundup of Lions predictions:
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
The reason: “I think the Lions will be better this fall, and I don’t think there’s a great team in the NFC North. But with a little over four months to go until the start of the season, I can’t quite see the Lions as a playoff team yet.”
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The reason: “Going on the road for four of the first six games is not ideal, nor is the early bye week that breaks up some of those road games. But the Lions avoid having to go to Green Bay in December, which is big.”
Predictions:6-10 or 7-9
The reason: “Maybe a healthy Matthew Stafford and some fresh faces on defense can help flip the script for Patricia and Quinn.”
vs. Houston Week 12, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26, CBS (Photo: Tim Warner, Getty Images)
The reason: “The Detroit Lions have made the playoffs only three times since the turn of the century. They haven’t won a playoff game since 1991 and haven’t won 10 games in a season since going 11-5 in 2014. The Lions aren’t winning 10 games in 2020, either—or making the playoffs.”
The reason: “There seems to be a never-ending run of sorry seasons in Detroit. Can’t see Matt Patricia and the Lions adding many wins to their 2019 total. Matthew Stafford will have his usual big stats and no playoff appearance if he stays healthy.”