Jack Fox and Scott Daly celebrate a fumble recovery in 2022.
Going into Week 5, the Detroit Lions are in desperate need of a victory, and a trip to face an old foe calls given a matchup with the New England Patriots.
Detroit will try to surprise Matt Patricia and turn their season around before a Week 6 bye will give them a chance to catch their breath a little. Matt Patricia will seek retribution against the Lions.
What are some of the game’s key components, and how will events unfold? Check out the preview and forecast for a significant comeback week.
Will Lions Shut Down Bailey Zappe?
Zappe, who didn’t perform that poorly on the road in Week 4, appears to be the rookie the Lions will likely face. The Lions must capitalize on the quarterback’s inexperience.
Detroit’s defensive front must tackle Zappe and sack him, and the secondary must force some turnovers by taking advantage of a rookie flinging the ball around the field. The Lions let a subpar Geno Smith control the game last week. This week cannot bring about that. If that happens, the team will probably have another embarrassing defensive performance.
Can Detroit Force New England to Punt?
To tighten the screws on defense this week, Aaron Glenn has his work cut out for him. It begins with stopping the run and figuring out how to create more of a pass rush.
Seattle is renowned for not punting in Week 4. The Lions must find a way to gain momentum right away and neutralize the New England attack early in order to avoid having another performance this simple. It might take some early stops for the Lions to build up their defensive confidence.
Who Steps up at Wide Receiver This Week?
Last week, Jared Goff was impressed by the trio of Tom Kennedy, Josh Reynolds, and Kalif Raymond filling in for injured targets. Reynolds was arguably the most impressive player thanks to a big game and a touchdown.
Will the Lions maintain that pattern this week? Kennedy might have a big game when he travels to the east. Raymond will try to make up for a costly turnover from his previous game, and Reynolds will try to continue being the team’s go-to receiver for big plays. In order to win on the road, the Lions would benefit greatly from all three players dominating once more, especially if they are required to do so.
How Many Injured Stars Will Lions Play?
Even though some Lions have returned to practice and obviously been resting, the news hasn’t looked good for several of them this week. The Lions could theoretically make the most of all their important injured players’ rest time since they will have a bye in Week 6.
So, when everything is said and done, who will actually play? The Lions are expected to continue making wise decisions about who they allow to play and what they can accomplish on the field. However, the Lions could win if they released some of their players. How much do the Lions prefer their health to a possible victory? People may learn a lot about that from the starting lineup.
Does Detroit’s Special Teams Slightly Improve?
You can rely on Bill Belichick to be accurate because he frequently waxes lyrical about how crucial special teams are to winning games. Detroit’s, what about it? The Lions missed two extra points last week, which contributed to their narrow loss.
On special teams, Detroit had a nice fumble recovery that led to a score. The secret to succeeding on the road may lie in more plays like this one.
The Lions need to improve their kicking this week in addition to Jack Fox’s reliable punting as usual, whether it comes from Austin Seibert or the cunning Michael Badgley. As Detroit discovered in Week 3, special teams can make all the difference in a close game. The team needs to stop playing on the edge by making such errors and put on a strong performance.
Prediction: Detroit 31, New England 21.
The Lions and Patriots will not be required to play defense in this contest, but Detroit will be able to score just enough points offensively to secure a victory. In New England, victories should never be taken for granted, especially when they involve a small roster. Prior to their bye week, the Lions complete their task and attempt to rehabilitate.
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