Detroit Lions: 27 Atlanta Falcons: 30
With a 2-0 record, something is bound to give in Detroit. The Lions have proven to exceed expectations so far this season but a run in with last year’s Super Bowl runner-up is sure to slow things down a bit. Matt Ryan has not let his MVP trophy gather dust and will no doubt bring the heat with the rest of the offense. Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan are actually real-life bros, but that won’t make any difference once the helmets are on.
Detroit will be displaying a very different defense than the first two games, as Jarrad Davis, Tavon Wilson, and Dwayne Washington are all out while Ziggy Ansah and Travis Swanson are questionable. If all these injuries come to fruition, the Lions could be in trouble. If they can manage to keep the momentum they gained in the run game last week, this game could turn out to be a real barn burner.
Expect A LOT of scoring, but the poise of the experienced Falcons will likely take the Lions down to 2-1.
Detroit Lions: 27, Atlanta Falcons: 31
The Lions proved the doubters wrong last week when they went into New York and dominated the Giants. This week they return home, but they face their toughest challenge yet in the Atlanta Falcons. Not to mention they are on a short week, while dealing with injuries. Matthew Stafford is capable of matching Atlanta’s offense score for score, but at some point the injuries will catch-up on the other side of the ball. The Lions will likely be without three starters, Jarrad Davis (LB), Tavon Wilson (S), and Travis Swanson (OL). Davis and Wilson are near locks to miss the game, but Swanson is on the fence. If Davis and Wilson play, this team will win, but without them, it will be a nail-biting loss.
Detroit Lions: 24 Atlanta Falcons: 31
Detroit Lions: 30 Atlanta Falcons: 38
The Lions have a short week after their Monday night victory over the New York Giants. Sunday the team will face its toughest test of the young NFL season, a matchup against the defending conference champion Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are also undefeated after easily disposing of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
The key to this game for the Lions is if their defense can build on their strong play early this season. It’s impossible to stop the Atlanta Falcons high-powered offense; you can only hope to contain them. The Lions need rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis, who is trending towards playing, but still in the concussion protocol. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman pose a serious problem on the ground and through the air.
The Falcons will be without last year’s NFL sack leader Vic Beasley, and as a result, I expect a lot of fireworks in this one. But I think the bend-but-don’t-break defense of the Falcons will be able to make enough plays to win the game.
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