5 reasons the Lions will beat the Rams
Sunday's playoff game against the L.A. Rams has all the ingredients for another heartbreaking Lions loss.
State of play: We understand why fans might be expecting the worst.
- But there are plenty of reasons for optimism when the Lions and Rams kick off at Ford Field at 8pm.
- He left after 12 seasons without ever playing in a Ford Field playoff game — a burdensome legacy he won't shake just because he won the big game in a different uniform.
💥 Sack lunch: Detroit's pass rush finished strong with Alim McNeill's return and a jolt from Pro Bowler Aidan Hutchinson, who had five sacks in the last two games.
- Slow-footed Stafford has done a decent job avoiding sacks, but the Lions' pressure should force a turnover or two.
Home-field vibes: What happens when one of the NFL's most downtrodden fan bases hosts a playoff game for the first time in 30 years?
- The Rams are about to find out just how loud an indoor stadium can get. Demand is so high that resale tickets are going for nearly $600.
🐶 Lovable underdog: The Rams are a popular underdog pick among experts predicting L.A.'s offense will shred Detroit's underwhelming pass defense.
- The NFL is nothing if not unpredictable. Low expectations for the Lions are a recipe for success.
🪦 S.O.L. are dead: Lions lore is so enmeshed with heartbreak that fans have a well-worn refrain anytime something bad happens: Same Old Lions.
- It's time to bury the losers lament and expect victory on Sunday. This team has earned it.
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