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A Look at the Detroit Lions 2014 Regular Season Schedule

April 24th, 2014 at 1:47 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

After months of waiting, fans can start getting even more excited for the upcoming season.  The NFL has released its regular season schedule for 2014.  For the Detroit Lions, 2014 looks to be an interesting season.

 

'Ford Field, host of the MotorCity Bowl being played on December 26, 2008' photo (c) 2008, Debra Drummond - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 

Even though the Lions will not have much primetime presence, they will have a few notable games this season.  They open up their regular season on a Monday night at home against the New York Giants, which will mark the first time they open their season on a Monday night since 1971.  The Lions will also be participating in the International Series as they face the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium in London, England.  For their annual Thanksgiving afternoon matchup, they will host their division rivals, the Chicago Bears.

There will be a fair share of teams of all calibers, and the bye week comes at a perfect time for the Lions as they will have week nine off.  In the first seven weeks, they will face some tough competition such as the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and New Orleans Saints.  The second half of the season, the Lions will have an even tougher group to face, which includes the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, and the Bears and Packers to close out the season.

The Lions' schedule have the 16th toughest schedule in the NFL.  The .492 winning percentage of their 2014 opponents from last year will come off as encouraging.  In addition, they will play four teams that made the playoffs last season and four teams that just missed the postseason.  After all is said and done, the Lions will have faced a very balanced schedule.  2014 will definitely be a challenge for the Detroit Lions.

Now that minicamp has started, the schedule has been released, and the NFL Draft is on the way, things are really starting to get exciting.  It will be interesting to see what the Lions do from now until the start of the season and how the season unfolds.

2014 Detroit Lions Regular Season Schedule

Week                 Date                           Opponent              Time (ET)       Channel  

    1        Monday, September 8         vs Giants                  7:10pm            ESPN
    2        Sunday, September 14       at Panthers              1:00pm              FOX
    3        Sunday, September 21       vs Packers               1:00pm              FOX
    4        Sunday, September 28       at Jets                       1:00pm              FOX
    5        Sunday, October 5               vs Bills                      1:00pm              FOX
    6        Sunday, October 12             at Vikings                 1:00pm              FOX
    7        Sunday, October 19             vs Saints                  1:00pm              FOX
    8        Sunday, October 26             at Falcons                9:30am              FOX
    9                                                         Bye Week
   10      Sunday, November 9           vs Dolphins              1:00pm             CBS
   11      Sunday, November 16         at Cardinals             4:25pm             FOX
   12      Sunday, November 23         at Patriots                 1:00pm             FOX
   13      Thursday, November 27      vs Bears                   12:30pm           CBS
   14      Sunday, December 7           vs Buccaneers         1:00pm             FOX
   15      Sunday, December 14         vs Vikings                 1:00pm             FOX
   16      Sunday, December 21         at Bears                    1:00pm             FOX
   17      Sunday, December 28         at Packers                1:00pm             FOX

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, NFL

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