LionsFans.com Staff: Season and Game Predictions

Season and game predictions from the LionsFans.com staff

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Nate Caminata - Publisher
Lions 2005 Record: 11-5
Everyone wants to ignore the statistics. The vitals. The truth. And the truth is that Joey Harrington has improved as an NFL quarterback every season despite a complete lack of a supporting cast. Now that he has that talent around him, does anyone really think he's going to regress? Smart money says no. The season's on Harrington's shoulders, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Uncomfortable with 11-5? Bank on it.

NFC North Division Winner: Detroit Lions
The Vikings will pose a threat, but as John Madden suggested during Thursday night's NFL opener, how does a team get better by losing their best player? They don't. Chicago is a wash for 2005 and Green Bay is in the process of an obvious downslide. The division is for the Lions to take.

Will the Lions make the playoffs? Yes
Yes. Without much post-season experience, it's difficult to predict how they will perform once they reach that level, but a divisional crown ensures a playoff berth. It's about time.

Sunday's Game:
Detroit 28 - Green Bay 13

Mike Fowler - Insider/Team Correspondent
Lions 2005 Record: 10-6
It may not happen immediately, but Joey Harrington has too much firepower not to succeed in the Lions west coast offense. With Jeff Garcia on the shelf until week 10, Harrington has a longer leash and the comfort level he needs to lead the team to the playoffs, but if he get hurt, Detroit could go into free fall.

NFC North Division Winner: Detroit Lions
It will come down to the two showdown games between the Lions and the Vikings. If either team sweeps, they take the crown. If not, it'll likely come down to the final game of the season for both teams and the Vikings are notorious for finishing poorly.

Will the Lions make the playoffs? Yes
The Lions finally have enough talent to move past the .500 stage. It will still be up and down until the team gels as a unit, but the NFC North is weak enough for Detroit to take it over.

Sunday's Game:
Detroit 27 - Green Bay 20

Adrian Donofrio - Staff Writer
Lions 2005 Record: 10-6
The Lions have a tremendous opportunity on their hands, and unfortunately don't have the luxury of waiting on the youth that they desperately need to win. There will be great ups, and great downs, but what else did you expect from the Lions?

NFC North Division Winner: Minnesota Vikings
If Harrington performs, Detroit won't have to go through grooming another quarterback, which will put them in position to win the division next year.

Will the Lions make the playoffs? Yes
The Lions may end up in the wildcard, probably against a team like the Falcons or the perhaps even the chic pick Cardinals.

Sunday's Game:
The Lions will tear apart the poor Packers defensive backfield, but Harrington will take his fair share of shots, and then some. Everyone expects Roy Williams to be the star of the game, but I expect Charles Rogers and Marcus Pollard to steal the show. Oh yeah, and that guy at quarterback that nobody talks about shouldn't be too bad, either. What was his name again?

Lions 24 - Packers 17


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