The Detroit Lions' season is by no means saved after a huge win in Green Bay, but things do seem to have a brigher outlook after a win. Continuing with that theme, looking ahead, the Lions schedule looks even better. Once again, the Lions' future opponents had an abysmal week, this time going a mere 1-5. Some opponents, like the Rams and Saints look completely lost. Here's an overall summary of how Week 10 went for Detroit's future foes:
The Oakland Raiders dropped their second straight game, this time to the familiar NFC North foe, the Minnesota Vikings.
This game was a lot closer than the score suggests. After struggling on offense during the first quarter, the Raiders actually took a 14-13 lead late in the half. However, Cordarrelle Patterson took the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, and the Raiders were never able to regain the lead.
Down just nine with under three minutes remaining, Derek Carr had the Raiders deep in the red zone, but a poorly placed ball ended up in the hands of Vikings cornerback Terrance Newman, ending the Raiders comeback attempt.
Philadelphia came out swinging at the Dolphins out of the gates. Their first offensive drive went 64 yards in just four plays for a touchdown. And after getting handed a safety on the next possession, the Eagles drove another 58 yards and were quickly up 16-3 with over four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
However, the Eagles' next three possessions were a disaster: missed field goal, blocked punt, three-and-out. The blocked punt (the second the Eagles have surrendered this year) resulted in an easy touchdown for the Dolphins and Miami had closed the gap to 16-13 by the end of the half.
To make matters worse for the Eagles, Sam Bradford, who took a beating all day, was nailed in the third quarter and came up holding his shoulder. After the game he, was diagnosed with a separated shoulder and a concussion. He did not return to the game.
After the Dolphins took the lead early in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez threw a costly red-zone interception down just one point with under five minutes remaining. The Eagles would get one more opportunity late, but turned the ball over on downs.
Week 13 vs. Packers (6-3) - lost to Lions, 16-18
The Packers lost to the Lions despite being given several chances to win at the end of the game. The Lions missed two extra points, failed to recover an onside kick, and allowed the Packers to get in field goal range as time was expiring. But a shanked kick that may or may not have gone off the hand of the Packers' holder sealed the Packers' fate.
Aaron Rodgers has now lost three straight games for the first time since 2008.
Week 14 at Rams (4-5) - lost to Bears, 13-37
The Rams continued their inconsistent season with a huge loss to the Bears at home. St. Louis actually managed to score 10 points on their first three drives of the game, but that was pretty much it offensively. After scoring their tenth point, the Rams went three-and-out five times, fumbled once, threw an interception and turned it over on downs.
Defensively, they were perhaps even worse. The Bears racked up 397 yards of total offense, including 153 rushing yards at 4.1 a carry. The Rams are now 0-3 against the NFC North.
The New Orleans Saints were absolutely embarrassed by the Redskins on Sunday. Defensively, the Saints are a mess. Washington had over 500 yards of offense, while Kirk "You Like That" Cousins almost had as many touchdowns (4) as incompletions (5).
The game was such an embarrassment that Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired on Monday.
Offensively, Drew Brees was able to keep pace for a while, but two interceptions and two sacks on the day were enough to keep the Saints offense at bay
Week 16 vs. 49ers (3-6) - bye week
The 49ers had a bye in Week 10, and will head to Seattle to face the Seahawks this week.
Week 17 at Bears (3-5) - beat Rams, 37-13
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase has risen to biblical proportions after the resurrection job he has done with Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense. Cutler was 19-24 for 258 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions against the Rams. Chicago's running game looked fine without Matt Forte in the lineup with Jeremy Langford carrying the ball 20 times for 73 yard and a score.
The defense managed to hold Todd Gurley to 45 yards rushing on 12 carries, and forced two St. Louis turnovers on the day.