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How the Lions' upcoming opponents fared in Week 4

A look around the NFL at the Detroit Lions' future opponents.

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The Detroit Lions are still looking for their first win of the season. Let's look ahead to the rest of the schedule to see if the Lions have a chance to turn things around soon.

Week 5 vs. Cardinals (3-1) - lost to Rams, 22-24

The Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of their division rival, the St. Louis Rams. The feared Arizona defense did not look up to the task in Week 4 as Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Cardinals surrendered 164 rushing yards. Carson Palmer had a chance to pull off a comeback toward the end of the game, but the Cardinals turned the ball over on downs on the Rams 43-yard line, just out of field goal range.

Week 6 vs. Bears (1-3) - beat Raiders, 22-20

The Chicago Bears got their first win of the season, downing the Raiders in an ugly game. With Jay Cutler back behind center, the Bears offense looked somewhat competent, even with Alshon Jeffery sidelined with an injury. Martellus Bennett was his go-to guy, picking up 11 receptions for 83 yards and a TD. Although Cutler threw a crucial pick near the end of the game, he redeemed himself by driving the Bears down field for the game-winning field goal on the next possession.

Week 7 vs. Vikings (2-2) - lost to Broncos, 23-20

One long Ronnie Hillman run aside, the Minnesota defense held the Broncos at bay for much of Sunday's game. Peyton Manning managed just 213 yards passing to go along with two interceptions. While the defense was keeping them in the game, Teddy Bridgewater and the offense failed to get much going until Adrian Peterson rushed for a huge 48-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1. Bridgewater had a chance at the end of the game to tie things up, but a T.J. Ward strip-sack ended the Vikings' hopes for a victory.

Week 8 at (in London) Chiefs (1-3) - lost to Bengals, 21-36

Alex Smith's 386 passing yards were not enough to lift the Chiefs over the Bengals. Kansas City's big problem of the day was not converting long drives into touchdowns. The Chiefs settled for seven field goals on the day, failing to reach the end zone and put more than three points at a time on the board. The fact that Smith was sacked five times on the day certainly aided in the Chiefs' offensive struggles.

Week 10 at Packers (4-0) - beat 49ers, 17-3

It was a modest day for the Green Bay Packers' offense as they strolled into San Francisco for an uneventful 14-point win. The Packers defense held the struggling 49ers to just 197 yards of total offense, while Aaron Rodgers added 224 passing yards and a touchdown to claim a road victory for the Packers. Since there's not a lot going on with the game, here's a fun fact: Reggie Bush had one carry for zero yards in this game.

Week 11 vs. Raiders (2-2) - lost to Bears, 20-22

The Oakland Raiders' magic ran out in Chicago last week. The offense had trouble getting off the ground, totalling just 243 yards of offense against a poor Bears defense. However, after forcing the third turnover of the day, the Radiers' took the lead late. However, Oakland's defense could not stop the Bears one final time, and Robbie Gould kicked the game-winning 49-yard field goal with just two seconds remaining.

Week 12 vs. Eagles (1-3) - lost to Redskins, 20-23

Philadelphia fell behind quickly 13-0 after Washington added two early field goals and tacked on a touchdown in the second quarter. The Eagles' offense struggled out of the gate, amassing just 25 yards in the first quarter. Philly inched their way back into the game and even took the lead shortly into the fourth quarter. But the defense couldn't hold Kirk Cousins at bay, and Washington drove 90-yards for the go-ahead score with just 26 seconds remaining.

Week 13 vs. Packers (4-0) - beat beat 49ers, 17-3

See above.

Week 14 at Rams (2-2) - beat Cardinals, 24-22

The Rams notched another in-division win last week, this time at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. St. Louis has been unpredictable all season, but, again, it was their surprising offense that led the team to victory. This week, it was Todd Gurley's breakout performance that gave the Rams the win. Gurley had 146 yards rushing and an additional 15 yards receiving against a good Cardinals defense.

Week 15 at Saints (1-3) - beat Cowboys, 26-20

It looked like the Saints were headed for another loss after missing a potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation. But Drew Brees ended the extra frame quickly by tossing an 80-yard touchdown to C.J. Spiller on just the second play of overtime. Brees and the Saints offense finally looked like themselves, totaling 359 yards passing and two touchdowns on the day.

Week 16 vs. 49ers (1-3) - lost to Packers, 3-17

The 49ers' struggles continued as San Francisco could barely muster a fight against the Packers. Though the game was just 7-3 after the first half, San Francisco failed to even threaten a score in the second half until there was under five minutes left in the game. The 49ers only had 196 yards of offense, and while they held Green Bay to 17 points, Rodgers didn't really have trouble controlling the game.

Week 17 at Bears (1-3) - beat Raiders, 22-20

See above.

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