The Lions may sit at 0-5, but looking ahead, things may turn around very soon. Only one of their upcoming opponents (Packers) has a winning record. Their remaining 11 games include six home contests and three opponents with a 1-4 record. Here's a look at how the Lions' future foes performed in Week 5:
Week 6 vs. Bears (2-3) - beat Chiefs, 18-17
The Bears absolutely stunned the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday. Chicago quickly fell behind after Jay Cutler was strip-sacked in the end zone, resulting in a Chiefs defensive touchdown. Everything looked hopeless for the Bears, as they went to the locker room down 17-3 at halftime. However, Cutler led the Bears on two fourth quarter touchdown drives, including the final score with just 18 seconds left. Chicago's comeback would have never happened without the Bears' defense, who didn't allow a point in the second half.
Week 7 vs. Vikings (2-2) - Bye week
The Minnesota Vikings were on their bye last week. This week they'll face the Chiefs, hoping to stay within striking distance of the Packers in the NFC North race.
Week 8 at (in London) Chiefs (1-4) - lost to Bears, 17-18
The aforementioned game against the Bears was a disaster from the Chiefs' point of view. Not only did Kansas City blow an 11-point lead with less than five minutes to go in the game, but they did it in front of their home crowd, and they lost their best offensive player in Jamaal Charles for the season. Charles tore his ACL in the second quarter on a non-contact play, his second ACL tear of his career. At this point the Chiefs' outlook of the season is almost equally as bleak as the Lions'.
Week 10 at Packers (5-0) - beat Rams, 24-10
The Packers weren't dominant against the Rams, but they got the job done. Aaron Rodgers had one of the worst games in his career. Of course, "bad" Aaron Rodgers still threw for two touchdowns and an 82.8 passer rating. But most notably, Rodgers threw two interceptions...AT HOME, the first interceptions thrown by Rodgers at Lambeau in nearly three years. The Packers defense bailed out Rodgers, forcing four interceptions and adding a touchdown of their own.
Week 11 vs. Raiders (2-3) - lost to Broncos, 10-16
Oakland held with the Broncos for nearly the entire game. Charles Woodson picked off Peyton Manning not once, but twice. Overall, the Raiders defense was dominant, holding the Broncos offense without a touchdown for the entire game. However, Derek Carr and the Raiders offense couldn't get much of anything going on their own. Oakland managed just 65 rushing yards, while Carr gained just 5.2 yards per pass attempt. Oakland now sits tied for second in the AFC West with the San Diego Chargers.
Week 12 vs. Eagles (2-3) - beat Saints, 39-17
The Eagles finally got their offense going against the lowly Saints. Despite his two red zone interceptions, Sam Bradford had an impressive day, completing 32 of his 45 pass attempts for 333 yards and two touchdowns. DeMarco Murray even had an impressive day, rushing for 83 yards and a score. On the defensive side, the Eagles forced four turnovers, leading to 20 points for Philadelphia.
Week 13 vs. Packers (5-0) - beat Rams, 24-10
Week 14 at Rams (2-3) - loss to Packers, 10-24
Nick Foles had an extremely forgettable game in Green Bay. Foles only completed 11 of 30 passes and was picked off four times. His QBR was 1.5. Despite the four turnovers, the Rams stayed competitive for the majority of the game. However, the Rams failed to close the gap as Greg Zuerlein missed three field goal attempts (all of 50+ yards) on the day.
Week 15 at Saints (1-4) - loss to Eagles, 17-39
The Saints have now given up over 25 points in four of five games this season. Their defensive performance against the Eagles was disastrous. New Orleans gave up 519 yards of offense and 5.5 yards per carry.
On offense, the Saints moved the ball pretty well, but four turnovers doomed the Saints to an embarrassing loss. To make matters worse, Saints wide reciever Marques Colston suffered a separated shoulder in the game and could be out for an extended amount of time.
Week 16 vs. 49ers (1-4) - lost to Giants, 27-30
The 49ers lost a heartbreaker on Sunday Night Football. Bolstered by Carlos Hyde's 93 rushing yards and a touchdown, San Francisco looked like they belonged on the field with the Giants. However, it was the 49ers defense who let the team down this week. Eli Manning blew up the 49ers secondary for 441 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning pass to Larry Donnell with 21 seconds remaining.
The 49ers looked like they had the game won after Hyde's 2-yard touchdown run gave San Francisco the lead with 1:48 left in the game. But the 49ers defense let them down once again, and San Francisco suffered their fourth consecutive loss of the season.
Week 17 at Bears (2-3) - beat Chiefs, 18-17