The Detroit Lions Have Officially Announced Their Schedule For The 2018 NFL Season
With the NFL Draft arriving now within a week’s time, the new season is almost under way. With the 2018 season nearly upon us, we now have a better idea what this season has in store as the NFL has officially announced this year’s Detroit Lions schedule as well as scheduled for the other 31 NFL teams. Looking at the Detroit Lions schedule, they team may have an uphill battle this season as they are entering with the 2nd strongest strength of schedule.
Week 1: Home vs New York Jets 9/10/18 7:10 p.m. ESPN (MNF)
Week 2: Away @ San Fransisco 49ers 9/16/18 4:05 p.m. FOX
Week 3: Home vs New England Patriots 9/23/18 8:20 p.m. NBC (SNF)
Week 4: Away @ Dallas Cowboys 9/30/18 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 5: Home vs Green Bay Packers 10/07/18 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Away @ Miami Dolphins 10/21/18 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 8: Home vs Seattle Seahawks 10/28/18 1:00 p.m FOX
Week 9: Away @ Minnesota Vikings 11/4/18 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 10: Away @ Chicago Bears 11/11/18 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 11: Home vs Carolina Panthers 11/18/18 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 12: Home vs Chicago Bears 11/22/18 12:30 p.m. FOX (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: Home vs Las Angeles Rams 12/2/18 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 14: Away @ Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m. FOX
Week 15: Away @ Buffalo Bills 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 16: Home vs Minnesota Vikings 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 17: Away @ Green Bay Packers 1:00 p.m. FOX
The Detroit Lions schedule benefits the team since they play tougher opponents like the Patriots, Seahawks, Rams, at home this season. Especially the latter two as they could both have playoff implications. The Rams match-up is especially interesting considering the Lions had the chance to draft Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, back when Detroit still had Ndamukong Suh on their team. The Rams signed Suh to a one-year contract this off-season. While Suh and Donald will not be playing for their team, Lions fans will get to see what a defense starring both players would have looked like.
The Lions will also benefit from playing some less talented opponents on the road like the Dolphins, Cardinals, Bills, and 49ers. The Lions certainly have a tough season ahead on paper, but ultimately it will be a good test for new head coach Matt Patricia. If he can steer the ship in the right direction and get the Lions a playoff win with this schedule, it would be a great sign of things to come in Detroit.