3 Detroit Lions Bold Predictions for Week 2

Max Staley
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will be looking to bounce back in Week 2.
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will be looking to bounce back in Week 2. / Nic Antaya/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions dropped their first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion. They entered the fourth quarter with a 23-6 lead, yet somehow let the Chicago Bears rattle off 21 unanswered points. Then trailing, 27-23, Matthew Stafford led the team all the way down the field. He even threw what should've been the game-winning touchdown, but it was dropped by D'Andre Swift in the end zone.

This team will need a stellar performance against the Green Bay Packers to rebound from that one, so here are three bold predictions for Detroit in Week 2.

3. T.J. Hockenson Leads the Team in Receiving

T.J. Hockenson has all the makings of a superstar tight end. He might've shown that ability off a bit more last season were it not for an ankle injury that derailed his rookie campaign. He looked fantastic in Week 1, though, catching all 5 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay gave up the 13th-most receiving yards per game to tight ends last year, and Hockenson should be in for a nice outing here.

2. D'Andre Swift Rebounds With 50+ Yards Through the Air

D'Andre Swift's NFL debut went worse than anyone could've imagined. He turned 8 opportunities (targets plus carries) into just 23 yards from scrimmage. As mentioned above, he also dropped the game-winning touchdown. Still, Swift is an immensely talented player and his 5 targets solidify his role as the lead back in the passing game. Alexander Mattison turned 4 targets into 4 catches for 30 yards against this defense in Week 1, and Swift is a much more dynamic player. Look for a bounce-back game here.

1. Matthew Stafford Throws for 350+ Yards

Stafford threw for at least 340 yards in half of his starts last year. He also performed admirably against the Bears' elite secondary in Week 1, throwing for 297 yards. Stafford should torch a Packers' secondary that allowed Kirk Cousins to throw for an absurd 10.4 yards per attempt in Week 1.

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