With the 2023 schedule released, the Detroit Lions now get a sense of the potential weekly matchups against opposing quarterbacks.
The Lions will face off against familiar faces in the division, Justin Fields and Kirk Cousins, but there is a new sheriff for the Green Bay Packers in Jordan Love. The Lions have a mix of some of the top signal callers in the league this year facing off the AFC West, but they also play against teams who are in a transition period. For some quarterbacks, it’ll be interesting to see if they can gel with their new teams or new regimes, which could determine how their season could go.
For the Lions, expectations are high heading into the 2023 season as they are looking to take the next step forward into playoff contenders. Here are the QB rankings for the opposing quarterbacks the Lions will face this year.
Ridder looks to take over the reins in Atlanta, but with little to go off, he lands at the bottom of the rankings. However, he does have powerful weapons in Kyle, Pitts, Drake London, and first-round selection Bijan Robinson at his disposal. We will have to see how well he utilizes these weapons.
Depending on how the season is going, the Lions could face off against either Mayfield or Trask when they meet in Week 6. The Bucs are transitioning from Tom Brady, who retired this past season, so these two quarterbacks have big shoes to fill this coming season. Mayfield has been team-hopping over the last two seasons, and Trask is unproven, hence the reason at the bottom of the rankings.
Love has been under some heat ever since he was taken in the first round, and now it is time to prove to everyone, including the Packers brass they were right for taking him and spending the time grooming him. With Aaron Rodgers going to the New York Jets, Love has the reins to the Packers offense. Unfortunately, Love has not shown much in his limited playing time to scare defenses. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do with a full workload.
Garoppolo leaves the San Francisco 49ers to the sin city to start for the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders moved on from Derek Carr in hopes Garoppolo could improve their team. Even though he has been a steady presence at the quarterback position for the 49ers, he could never get over that hump hence his departure. The…