Over the last few weeks I have gone through the Lions' entire 2008 schedule and previewed it month by month. The results, to put it nicely, weren't all that great for the Lions. I highly doubt my predictions will come true as I don't think even Detroit could be quite this inconsistent, but man, if this season did happen, all Lions fans would have a constant headache.
Below is a table version of my predictions for the 2008 season, and as you will quickly notice, wins and losses come in clusters. There is a nice 4-game winning streak to start the season, but things go south quickly as the Lions then lose 6 straight. Detroit does get to taste victory 2 consecutive weeks to end November at 6-6, but then December happens. In the final month of the season I have the Lions going winless, meaning they would finish the year on a 4-game losing streak. As I have said in the past many time, a team this streaky would be rare, but then again, out of all the teams that could do it, Detroit is probably at the top of the list.
|1||September 7||at Atlanta Falcons||Win|
|2||September 14||vs. Green Bay Packers||Win|
|3||September 21||at San Francisco 49ers||Win|
|4||September 28||---BYE WEEK---|
|5||October 5||vs. Chicago Bears||Win|
|6||October 12||at Minnesota Vikings||Loss|
|7||October 19||at Houston Texans||Loss|
|8||October 26||vs. Washington Redskins||Loss|
|9||November 2||at Chicago Bears||Loss|
|10||November 9||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||Loss|
|11||November 16||at Carolina Panthers||Loss|
|12||November 23||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Win|
|13||November 27||vs. Tennessee Titans *||Win|
|14||December 7||vs. Minnesota Vikings||Loss|
|15||December 14||at Indianapolis Colts||Loss|
|16||December 21||vs. New Orleans Saints||Loss|
|17||December 28||at Green Bay Packers||Loss|
Should 2008 play out like this or at least hand Detroit a 6-10 record, I'm sure Rod Marinelli's name will be on the chopping block in the media and in the minds of fans. However, there is no doubt in my mind that his job is safe. It would take an 0-16 season for Marinelli to be fired simply because as long as he is here Millen will be here. Plus, even though a 6-10 season is mediocre, keeping continuity for more than a few years is important. If a new coaching staff comes in once every three or so years, then progress will take just as many steps back as it would with a 6-10 season.