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Back-to-back last place NFC North finishes won’t prevent upper management from dismissing both head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn regardless of the fact that the Detroit Lions ended their 2019 campaign losers of nine straight games. And to be clear, the chips were stacked heavily against the team from doing much of anything due to the injury bug targeting the roster over the course of the season and taking huge chunks off of it on both sides of the ball. With a high end pick locked in for the upcoming draft, the Lions will attempt to build upon the fact that it was competitive early on in the season with the hope that injuries don’t prevent it from getting out of the division’s cellar next season.

Season Recap

Coming off a 6-10 2018 campaign, linemakers expected Patricia’s troops to finish a single game better in 2019 with their season win total odds going off the board at 7. Had they not coughed up an 18-point fourth quarter lead in the season opener at Arizona, the Lions would’ve been well on their way towards surpassing that impost with ease. Reason being, they went on to win their next two games against the Chargers and Eagles respectively holding on for the 13-10 home win against the former and going into the City of Brotherly Love to cash in on the closing 4-point NFL odds by winning outright 27-24 in the latter.

Though Detroit failed to see it all the way through, it still managed to cover the 7.5-point spread against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs the following week back home where it fell by a 34-30 final count in a wild shootout. The Lions had that one in the bag before allowing Mahomes and the Chiefs offense to go the length of the field in the game’s final minute to pull out the win. If that wasn’t enough for Lions fans to be up in arms, the following week’s matchup at Green Bay no doubt did the trick. The Packers had no business winning the game, but got bailed out on a pair of game-deciding hands to the face penalties that allowed Aaron Rodgers and company to end their four-game losing streak in the recent rivalry.

The season became unraveled soon after. While the offense got three more games of Matthew Stafford under center, Detroit only managed one win during that stretch. Patricia was then forced to go to his backups the rest of the way. First up was Jeff Driskel who proved to be nothing short of hit or miss before ultimately hitting the IR himself with a hamstring injury. The offense was then turned over to former Purdue Boilermaker David Blough and he didn’t do much to make a lasting impression in throwing for 984 yards and a 4:6 TD/INT ratio through five starts. Detroit ended up 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS with him running the offense.

It’s a shame Stafford succumbed to the injury bug as it looked like the former Georgia Bulldog was back to his vintage self. Before going on the shelf, No. 9 had thrown for 2,500 yards and 19 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions. The offense was thriving with guys like Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola making things exceptionally tough on opposing secondaries. Even rookie T.J. Hockenson found a way to make an impact before he too found himself on IR. When the dust cleared on the season, Stafford, Jones Jr., Hockenson and Kerryon Johnson all found themselves on and off IR. That’s the team’s starting quarterback, RB, WR2 and TE; it’s simply impossible to get anything done at this level with that amount of impact offensive players riding the pine.

Regardless of all the injuries, the Lions still managed to compete every passing week; until they didn’t. There were so many games that it had a shot to win, but simply couldn’t find a way to seal the deal. Case in point, the season finale against the Packers in which they got out to a 14-point lead but ultimately went on to lose 23-20 at the game’s death; the second loss to Green Bay at the last second this season. "This game was in some ways a microcosm of our season," guard Graham Glasgow said. "We started out well and we were running the ball, but when it came to the second half and finishing the game, we didn't pull it out." You’d think that would paint a bad enough picture of the coaching staff for changes to be made, but it apparently doesn’t seem to matter.

2019 Detroit Lions Betting Schedule

Week 1 Lions at Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
Week 2 Lions vs. Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 3 Lions at Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 4 Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 5 BYE - -
Week 6 Lions at Green Bay Packers Monday, Oct. 14, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Week 7 Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 8 Lions vs. New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 9 Lions at Oakland Raiders Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 10 Lions at Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 11 Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 12 Lions at Washington Redskins Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 13 Lions vs. Chicago Bears Thursday, Nov. 28, 12:30 p.m. ET FOX
Week 14 Lions at Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 15 Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 16 Lions at Denver Broncos Saturday, Dec. 21 or Sunday, Dec. 22, TBA TBA
Week 17 Lions vs. Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET FOX
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Past Detroit Lions Seasons

2018 6-10 None
2017 9-7 None
2016 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
2015 7-9 None
2014 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2013 7-9 None
2012 4-12 None
2011 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2010 6-10 None
2009 2-14 None
2008 0-16 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 3-13 None
2005 5-11 None
2004 6-10 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 3-13 None
2001 2-14 None
2000 9-7 None
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1999 8-8 Lost Wild Card Round
1998 5-11 None
1997 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
1996 5-11 None
1995 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
1994 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
1993 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
1992 5-11 None
1991 12-4 Lost Conference Championship
1990 6-10 None
1989 7-9 None
1988 4-12 None
1987 4-11 None
1986 5-11 None
1985 7-9 None
1984 4-11-1 None
1983 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
1982 4-5 Lost Wild Card Round
1981 8-8 None
1980 9-7 None
1979 2-14 None
1978 7-9 None
1977 6-8 None
1976 6-8 None
1975 7-7 None
1974 7-7 None
1973 6-7-1 None
1972 8-5-1 None
1971 7-6-1 None
1970 10-4 Lost Divisional Round
1969 9-4-1 None
1968 4-8-2 None
1967 5-7-2 None
1966 4-9-1 None

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