In Week 3, the Detroit Lions' upcoming opponents went 7-6 in their games. Some teams, like the Cardinals and Packers, looked unstoppable. Whereas others, like the Bears and 49ers, looked like they were planning for the offseason already. Here's a closer look at Detroit's future opponents:
Week 4 at Seahawks (1-2) - beat Bears, 26-0
After a slow start, the Seahawks took control of the game; opening the second half with a 105 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Seattle's offense had a modest day against a struggling Bears' defense, but with Kam Chancellor back in the lineup, they kept Chicago off the scoreboard completely.
Week 5 vs. Cardinals (3-0) - beat 49ers, 47-7
The Arizona Cardinals looked absolutely unstoppable Sunday afternoon, beating up on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers from start to finish. Arizona went up quickly, taking two Kaepernick passes to the house on San Francisco's first two possessions and they never looked back. Arizona forced four turnovers, allowed just 156 total yards and racked up 446 yards of their own. This was domination in every sense of the word.
Week 6 vs. Bears (0-3) - lost to Seahawks, 0-26
The Jimmy Clausen era is off to a rocky start. The former Notre Dame quarterback could only muster 48 net passing yards against the Seahawks defense. Chicago's defense kept the team in the game for the first half, but the dam blew open when the Seahawks finally remembered they traded for Jimmy Graham this offseason. Matt Forte looked okay, netting 74 rushing yards, but that was the only bright spot for Chicago.
The Minnesota Vikings look very dangerous after a disappointing loss to open the season. Adrian Peterson continued his comeback tour last week totalling 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings defense beat up another quarterback, sending Philip Rivers to the bench after four sacks and several other knockdowns.
Week 8 at (in London) Chiefs (1-2) - lost to Packers, 28-38
The Chiefs dangerous defense looked anything but against the Packers offense. Green Bay blew up for 448 yards of offense against Kansas City. This game was not as close as the score suggests, but the good news for the Chiefs is they finally threw a touchdown pass to a wide receiver for a touchdown, their first since 2013. In fact, Jeremy Maclin had a monster game, hauling in 8 passes for 141 yards and the aforementioned touchdown.
Week 10 at Packers (3-0) - beat Chiefs, 38-28
Aaron Rodgers either had an average game or the best game of Week 3, depending on your advanced metrics site preference. 333 yards and five touchdowns seems pretty good to me, especially when you consider that Green Bay lost another receiver and tight end to injury during the game.
The Raiders continue to be the most surprising team in 2015. Chief among the surprises is Oakland's success through the air. Derek Carr is now a top 10 quarterback in terms of passer rating, with an great score of 102.4 through three weeks. The Browns nearly tied the game late, but an impressive interception from the ageless Charles Woodson sealed the game for Oakland.
The Eagles finally got their first win of the season after taking down the previously undefeated Jets. With Demarco Murray sidelined with an injury, the Eagles actually found more success running the ball with Ryan Matthews. Matthews rushed for 108 yards and also added a receiving touchdown. In other Eagles running back news, Darren Sproles is still electric.
Week 13 vs. Packers (3-0) - beat Chiefs, 38-28
The Rams lit the turf on fire Sunday. Unfortunately for St. Louis, I mean that literally. Even with Ben Roethlisberger going down with an injury, the Rams could not take advantage at home. St. Louis managed just 251 yards of total offense and have now scored just 16 points in their past two games.
Without Drew Brees, the Saints still looked competitive against the Carolina Panthers. Luke McCown looked very impressive, completing over 81 percent of his passes for 310 yards. However, a late interception doomed the Saints for their third loss of the season.
Week 16 vs. 49ers (1-2) - lost to Cardinals, 7-47
Absolutely nothing went right for the 49ers on Sunday. Kaepernick threw for nine completions and four interceptions, including two pick-sixes. San Francisco running backs combined for 57 yards rushing. The defense gave up 446 yards of offense. This is a week the 49ers just want to forget.
Week 17 at Bears (0-3) - lost to Seahawks, 0-26