Detroit New reporters Justin Rogers and John Niyo talk about the Lions' season-opening matchup with the New York Jets. Justin Rogers and John Niyo, The Detroit News
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