Mike O’Hara: Week 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
So many causes, so many questions, so many ideas.
For starters, I choose Lions-Bucs within the next-to-last sport of the season with the thought that the season will start on time, as scheduled. That is most vital for all of us, not only for taking part in soccer video games.
I wish to see if Tom Brady is taking part in higher for the Bucs at age 43 than he did final yr in his 20th season with the Patriots at age 42.
Will the Lions be playoff contenders and taking part in significant video games in late December? I feel they’ll, and if they’re, the ambiance will probably be electrical for this sport. It might arrange an enormous matchup towards the Vikings the following week within the remaining regular-season sport.
And I wish to see what Matthew Stafford does in an enormous sport towards Brady. They’ve by no means had a significant matchup late within the season. The best way Stafford embraced Darrell Bevell’s offense final yr earlier than going out with a season-ending again damage makes me assume he’ll just do high-quality.
Tori Petry: Week three at Arizona Cardinals
It is time to settle the tie. Issues did not go so effectively for the Lions opening the season within the desert final yr, however a lot has modified since. Kyler Murray has had a full season with Kliff Kingsbury underneath his belt, and the Playing cards managed so as to add DeAndre Hopkins to what was already an bettering offense.
After two straight division video games to open the season, it will likely be fascinating to look at what ought to be a strengthened Lions protection up towards that high-powered Arizona offense.
Editor’s Decide: Week 1 vs. Chicago Bears
So long as the season is ready to begin as deliberate, there’s nothing higher than a house opener towards a division rival.
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