Lions safety Glover Quin was licking his chops when he saw the Lions’ schedule last night.
Quin told Detroit reporters that in his view, the Lions should win seven of their first eight games and be at 7-1 when they go into their Week Nine bye. Quin suggested that Week Four at Seattle is the one game the Lions may lose in the first half of the season, although he’s not ready to concede that one, either.
“I try to be as realistic about the NFL as possible, and granted I know any team can beat you on any given day,” Quin said, via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News. “But, at this point in time is when you get to look at the schedule and have fun and say, OK, hey man, I’m going to assume that everybody is playing their best game. I’m not going to assume that somebody’s playing a bad game or whatever. I’m going to assume that everybody’s playing their best game.”
Quin thinks if the Lions play their best game, they’ll beat almost everyone on their schedule, starting Week One at San Diego.
“OK, it’s a road game for us all the way across the country, but I feel like if San Diego plays their best game, we play our best game, I feel like the Detroit Lions, we should beat San Diego,” Quin said. “So I gave us 1-0. Then we go to Minnesota. Well, that is a division game. We have to win that one. I feel like we can go on the road, and we will beat the Minnesota Vikings. So that gives us 2-0.
“Then, we come home — primetime, Sunday night, Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos. Yeah, they’re a good team — playoff team, great quarterback, great weapons, great defense. But that’s going to be our home opener. Our fans are going to be rowdy. It’s going to be Sunday night. It’s going to be primetime, and we’re going to have some good momentum. We’re going to be 2-0 coming back home. I just feel like we could beat Denver at home on Sunday night. So that gives us 3-0.
“And that sets up for a perfect trip to Seattle, and you have to see how that one plays out.”
Quin says after that, the Lions should beat the Cardinals, Bears, Vikings and Chiefs.
“We played them tough in Arizona, and so this year Arizona has to come to us,” Quin said. “So we owe Arizona, so we should take that one. [Chicago is] a division game. We’ve got to win our division games, so we’ve got to beat Chicago. After that, Minnesota. So that’s a chance to sweep Minnesota early in the year and that’s another division game and that’s a home game for us, so we have to beat Minnesota. So that’s, what, 6-1?
“And then we go to London. You never know how that plays out. It’s a neutral field, Kansas City’s a great team, a great running back [Jamaal Charles] and you just never know, so I will say we could go to London and beat Kansas City. So, that puts us at 7-1 at the bye.”
That’s a bold statement. One Quin will surely be reminded of halfway through the season.