The NFL released the 2014 schedule with much ado. As I write this the NFL Network is about 20 minutes into a 3-hour hype fest celebrating the release, while ESPN is doing the same.
For the record, I find it overblown and fairly pointless to speculate about wins and losses on the schedule at this point. The only reason you should care about it is to schedule road trips, or plan for special games like the opening Monday Nighter.
Here’s the record, taken from the Lions’ official website:
Week 1: vs. New York Giants on Monday Night Football
Week 2: at Carolina Panthers
Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 4: at New York Jets
Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings
Week 7: vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 8: at Atlanta, in London
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 11: at Arizona Cardinals
Week 12: at New England Patriots
Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving
Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 15: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16: at Chicago Bears
Week 17: at Green Bay Packers
Some quick observations:
The three-game homestand from Thanksgiving in Week 13 through Week 15 is going to be critical. All games are against NFC rivals, including two fellow NFC North combatants.
It’s a real tough break to have road games at Chicago and Green Bay–both outdoors–in the final two weeks. Going from the dome to weather that will likely be in the low 40s and windy at best will be a tall task.
As one astute person noted:
Good point from a reader: #Lions open the season against two QBs who had offseason ankle surgery (Eli Manning and Cam Newton).
— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) April 23, 2014
The date for the opener is September 8th, and the Lions will play the earlier MNF contest.
Detroit plays the Bills in the final preseason game, the only preseason opponent they face in the regular season. The preseason home games are the annual opener against Cleveland and a visit from Jacksonville in the third week.
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