The Detroit Lions are trying to recapture some lost momentum after a tough Thanksgiving loss to the Chicago Bears. Lucky for Detroit they’ve had time to re-assess, considering their next opponent is one of the NFL’s best. The Los Angeles Rams come in one of the NFC’s hottest teams . Obviously, it doesn’t seem like this game has much on the line for Detroit, but they want to try and finish the season strong even amid falling out of the playoff chase. The Rams, meanwhile, don’t want to slip up with NFC playoff positioning on the line for their side.
This offseason, there have been plenty of notable moves for the Lions, who signed linebacker Devon Kennard and running back LeGarrette Blount as some of their bigger moves early on during the period. In the draft, they snagged Frank Ragnow to anchor their offensive front and Kerryon Johnson to be their runner of the future. Perhaps the biggest move the team has made on the whole, though, was getting Matt Patricia to sign on as head coach. That’s been something which has brought new excitement and a breath of fresh air to the organization after a tough finish to 2017.
Arguably, there’s been no more exciting time to be a Lions fan than right now, as the team tries to transition itself into a contender with new leadership that has a clear championship pedigree. And that’s true even in spite of some adversity and up and down performances thus far in 2018. There is plenty of hope for the future still even in spite of this going on.
The Rams, meanwhile, have been arguably the NFL’s best and most exciting team much of this season. With the excitable Sean McVay and Jared Goff, they put up tons of points offensively while still maintaining a solid defensive grit and identity with names like Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald holding it down up front. The Rams are big favorites even on th road, and it’s easy to see why given these variables.
The Lions are coming off a tough loss, while the Rams want to keep momentum going on their season and continue to push for NFC glory. The last time the teams met in 2016, the Lions edged out a win against a very different Rams team by a final of 31-28.