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‘Monday Night Football’ Week 1 picks: Detroit Lions vs. New York Jets

Our staff makes their picks for the Lions’ regular season opener.

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The time for talk is nearly over. In just a few hours the Detroit Lions will open up their 2018 season, rendering all previous predictions and analysis obsolete. Are analysts right to be skeptical after a shaky preseason, or will the real Matt Patricia emerge Monday evening and regain the confidence of Detroit.

But before we move onto the actual game, it’s time for the Pride Of Detroit staff to make one more set of predictions. This time, we’re simply picking the winner of the game and the score.

Must like the expert picks this week, we’re in the Lions’ corner. In fact, of all 15 staff members, not a single person believes Sam Darnold and the Jets come out of Ford Field with a win.

Here’s a look at our picks.

Hamza Baccouche: 31-26 Lions
Kent Lee Platte: 24-13 Lions
Alex Reno: 24-21 Lions
Justin Simon: 24-16 Lions
Kyle Yost: 27-20 Lions
Jerry Mallory: 27-13 Lions
Mansur Shaheen: 59-32 Lions
Mike Payton: 35-17 Lions
Levi Blue: 23-13 Lions
Kellie Rowe: 27-14 Lions
John Whiticar: 24-17 Lions
Ryan Mathews: 35-28 Lions
Andrew Kato: 20-10 Lions
Chris Perfett: 12-9 Lions
Jeremy Reisman: 27-24 Lions

Now it’s time for you to make your picks. Vote in the poll below on what you think may happen Monday night, and be sure to drop your score prediction in the comment section here or in On Paper for a chance to be recognized as the Picker of the Week in next week’s preview article.


What will be the result of Lions vs. Jets? (NO TIES)

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    Lions win by more than 7
    (486 votes)
  • 17%
    Lions win by less than 7
    (134 votes)
  • 6%
    Jets win by less than 7
    (49 votes)
  • 11%
    Jets win by more than 7
    (90 votes)
759 votes total Vote Now

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