In Week 7, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 4-4. Here's a look at how each team performed:
Week 8 - at Falcons (2-5) - lost to Ravens, 29-7
The Falcons were absolutely dominated by Baltimore on Sunday. They only gained 254 yards as a team, and they were down 20-0 going into the fourth quarter. They are going to be an extremely desperate team going into Sunday's matchup with the Lions in London.
Week 10 - vs. Dolphins (3-3) - beat Bears, 27-14
Ryan Tannehill was outstanding on Sunday in Chicago. He went 25 of 32 for 277 yards and two touchdowns, and he led the Dolphins to a pretty one-sided win over the Bears.
Week 11 - at Cardinals (5-1) - beat Raiders, 24-13
This was actually a pretty close game. The Raiders only trailed by one point before a Stepfan Taylor touchdown late in the third quarter extended Arizona's lead. And the Cardinals only truly pulled away when Chandler Catanzaro hit a 41-yard field goal with 29 seconds left in the game.
Week 12 - at Patriots (5-2) - beat Jets, 27-25
With a 27-19 lead halfway through the fourth quarter, the Patriots appeared ready to cruise to victory last Thursday night. Then the Jets made things interesting. A Geno Smith touchdown pass with 2:31 to go cut the lead to two points -- the ensuing two-point conversion was no good -- and the Jets actually had a chance to win the game with a 58-yard field goal as time expired. Unfortunately for New York, the Patriots blocked the kick, giving them their third win in a row.
Week 13 - vs. Bears (3-4) - lost to Dolphins, 27-14
The Bears are absolutely melting down. They were flat out embarrassed at home on Sunday, and things only got worse after the game:
A scuffle broke out in the Bears' locker room, though details are murky http://t.co/VCX6WUUw7h pic.twitter.com/UKesOaWdia— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) October 19, 2014
Source: Brandon Marshall called out Jay Cutler after the Bears loss today " http://t.co/21qWHzDh8a pic.twitter.com/xIFZgGec9o— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 19, 2014
Kyle Long criticizes Chicago Bears fans for booing home team http://t.co/1o3RcsK0vG— ESPNChicago (@ESPNChicago) October 19, 2014
Good luck with all that, Chicago.
Week 14 - vs. Buccaneers (1-5) - Bye week
Tampa Bay had the week off.
Week 15 - vs. Vikings (2-5) - lost to Bills, 17-16
The Vikings looked like they were going to get things back on track with a big road win in Buffalo. Instead, however, Kyle Orton led the Bills to victory with a 15-play, 80-yard drive over the final three minutes. The drive was capped off with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins with one second left, giving the Vikings their third straight loss.
Week 16 - at Bears (3-4) - lost to Dolphins, 27-14
Week 17 - at Packers (5-2) - beat Panthers, 38-17
The Packers have been on fire ever since they lost to the Lions, and that continued on Sunday with another dominant performance. Aaron Rodgers went 19 of 22 and threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns, and the score in this one was actually 38-3 until the Panthers added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. It's going to be quite a battle between the Packers and Lions for the NFC North crown.