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How Lions' future opponents fared in Week 4

A look at how the Detroit Lions' future opponents performed in Week 4 of the season.

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In Week 4, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 5-6. Here's a look at how each team performed:

Week 5 - vs. Bills (2-2) - lost to Texans, 23-17

Buffalo jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, but it didn't hold up. The Bills lost their lead in the third quarter when J.J. Watt intercepted E.J. Manuel and went 80 yards for a touchdown. Manuel rebounded later with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams to make this a 3-point game, but he was picked off again with around a minute left in the fourth quarter as Buffalo was driving to potentially win the game.

Week 6 - at Vikings (2-2) - beat Falcons, 41-28

He wasn't able to finish the game because of an injury, but the Teddy Bridgewater era got off to a great start on Sunday. He went 19-for-30 and threw for 317 yards, and the Vikings' running game really stepped it up. Bridgewater ran for a touchdown, Matt Asiata had 78 yards and three touchdowns and rookie Jerick McKinnon picked up 135 yards on only 18 carries. It was only one game, but the Vikings looked like a pretty dangerous team with Bridgewater leading the way.

Week 7 - vs. Saints (1-3) - lost to Cowboys, 38-17

Before the season, many people viewed the Saints as contenders for the Super Bowl. Now, though, they may have a tough time even contending for a playoff spot. The Saints were outclassed on offense, defense and special teams, and they gave up 445 yards to the Cowboys. What's more, they turned the ball over three times, and they were really embarrassed on Sunday Night Football.

Week 8 - at Falcons (2-2) - lost to Vikings, 41-28

Atlanta gave up an astounding 558 total yards on Sunday. Matt Ryan did manage to throw for 298 yards and three touchdowns (with two interceptions), but the Falcons once again looked like a different team away from home. I suppose that's good news for the Lions considering their "road" game against the Falcons will take place in London rather than Atlanta.

Week 10 - vs. Dolphins (2-2) - beat Raiders, 38-14

I think it's safe to say Ryan Tannehill silenced some of his doubters with his performance on Sunday in London. He went 24-for-31 and threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Yes, he was facing the Raiders, but the Dolphins needed a big win to get things back on track.

Week 11 - at Cardinals (3-0) - Bye week

Arizona had the week off.

Week 12 - at Patriots (2-2) - lost to Chiefs, 41-14

What happened to the Patriots? Tom Brady only threw for 159 yards, and he had one touchdown and two interceptions. Their offense just couldn't get anything going, and they were outgained by the Chiefs by a margin of 443-290.

Week 13 - vs. Bears (2-2) - lost to Packers, 38-17

Jay Cutler threw a pair of interceptions that basically doomed Chicago's chances of keeping pace with Green Bay in this wild game. Neither team punted even once, and the Bears somehow managed to score only 17 points despite putting up 496 yards.

Week 14 - vs. Buccaneers (1-3) - beat Steelers, 27-24

This was a pretty shocking result. Tampa Bay went from leading 10-0 in the first quarter to being down 17-10 by halftime. The Bucs were later down 24-17 going into the fourth quarter, and it looked like their upset attempt was going to come up short. Then Mike Glennon led the Bucs down the field and found Vincent Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown with 7 seconds left in the game. The score put the Bucs on top for good and gave them their first win of the season.

Week 15 - vs. Vikings (2-2) - beat Falcons, 41-28

See above.

Week 16 - at Bears (2-2) - lost to Packers, 38-17

See above.

Week 17 - at Packers (2-2) - beat Bears, 38-17

After being shut down by the Lions in Week 3, Aaron Rodgers had a masterful performance in Chicago. He went 22-for-28 and threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns. What's more, he spread the ball pretty evenly between Randall Cobb (seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns) and Jordy Nelson (10 catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns), and the Bears didn't have an answer for either player.

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