Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Jets

The Detroit News
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Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Monday’s Lions-Jets game at Ford Field (7:10 p.m., ESPN/WJR 760).

Justin Rogers: The Lions couldn’t have handpicked a better opening matchup: Primetime, at home, against a rookie quarterback and a team coach Matt Patricia knows extremely well. This could conceivably be a blowout. Lions, 29-13

John Niyo: The Lions can’t afford to lose their home opener. And Matt Patricia won’t be able to explain a loss to a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut on the road – on a Monday night, no less. But thanks to a healthy roster and a few big plays from Matthew Stafford and the passing game — shades of Jim Caldwell’s first game in 2014 — they won’t have to, right? Lions, 24-13

Bob Wojnowski: We'll find out pretty quickly if Matt Patricia was holding back his defensive scheme in the preseason, or if it really is a major issue. Pressuring Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is paramount, and I think the Lions will crank up the heat, while the Ford Field crowd cranks up the noise. Ziggy Ansah launches his contract year with a couple sacks and the Lions' revamped running game does enough to put it away. Lions, 24-10


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