COMMENTARY | On April 17, the NFL released its schedule. The Detroit Lions picked up four prime-time games and have a few must-see games as well. Here’s a look at those games.
Week 2 at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. on NBC. What’s not to like about this matchup? We have two young and up-and-coming teams squaring off on the NFL game of the week. Two very physical defenses led by two intense coaches make this a very intriguing game to watch. Adding to that, both teams feature top-notch play-makers on the offensive side of the ball, and this could be the game of the year.
Week 7 at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Chicago will look for revenge for its blowout on Monday Night Football, while Detroit looks to avenge its loss in Chicago a few weeks later. And again, two physical defenses square of against two offenses loaded with play-makers. Should be an entertaining matchup.
Week 11, Green Bay visits, 1 p.m. on Fox. This and the Week 14 match-up could decide the NFC North, though of course the Bears will have something to say about that.
Week 12, Houston visits, 12:30 p.m. on CBS. The Thanksgiving Day game features the only team not rebuilding from the AFC South. Two high-powered offenses square off while both defenses hope to rebuild in the upcoming NFL draft.
Week 14 at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Another game of the week, but why are all these prime time games on the road? Detroit wants revenge for the season sweep, Green Bay wants to extend its domination over the Lions another year. Again, it’s a compelling match up between young teams with exciting play-makers on both sides of the ball.
Week 16 at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. All of these prime time games are on the road? Another matchup between two high-powered offenses, and this will be for playoff positioning provided both teams are still in the hunt. The Lions’ second time on Monday Night Football this year.
Week 17, Chicago visits, 1 p.m. on Fox. This game could be for a host of different things. A division title or a wild card could be at stake. this game should be intense and will likely be played with all the intensity of a wild card game even if nothing is at stake, simply because there seems to be genuine dislike here.
Reviewing the schedule, the Lions have very winnable games against the Rams, two against the Vikings, the Colts, the Jaguars, Seahawks, Titans, and the Cardinals. All these teams are in various stages of rebuilding. The Eagles game could provide some intrigue if these guys actually play to their ability.
Looking at the schedule, the Lions have 8 very winnable games regardless of what happens on Draft day. If they split the remaining 8 games, they can get 12 wins, which might be enough to win the North.
While I’m disappointed that all the prime-time games are on the road, I’m already looking forward to the season. It looks like another big year in Detroit.
I’ve been a Detroit Lions fan since watching a rookie running back named Barry Sanders run wild all over NFL defenses.