The Detroit Lions were a terrible team for the better part of the past ten years. Consistently poor Won-Loss records, however, enabled them to take advantage of very high draft picks. And the players they chose, and signed, have transformed this squad from the Motor City into a playoff contender.
The Lions got a taste of postseason play in 2014 and liked it. The team hopes to enjoy a repeat of that success in the new season. But it won’t be easy. The collective winning percentage last year for this year’s opponents was .527. Yes, the teams on Detroit’s schedule won more games than they lost in 2014 and will probably continue that trend this year.
Interestingly, a pre-season projection has the Lions winning 8.5 games in 2015, a number that makes them a favorite for postseason play.
Detroit will have to perform well in the six home-and-home games they must play against divisional rivals. It will all get under way when the Lions host the Chicago Bears on October 18th, the Minnesota Vikings just one week later on October 25th and the dangerous Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised shootout on December 3rd.
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Detroit will travel to Minneapolis on September 20th to participate in an early season contest. Then, they will fly to Wisconsin to do battle with the Packers on November 15th and finally they will close out the regular season with a road game against the Bears on January 3rd.
As noted earlier, the Detroit Lions have a tough schedule. As such, they will face Denver’s Broncos in a Sunday night game on September 27th and the Philadelphia Eagles in the annual Thanksgiving Day battle on November 26th.
Their road trips present some interesting challenges outside the divisional games. For example, the Motor City men will get their season started in sunny San Diego on September 13th. They will also compete against the tough Seattle Seahawks in a big Monday night contest on October 5th.
And, if that were not “tough enough,” the Lions are scheduled to fly to London in the United Kingdom to participate in what is being billed as an “International Bowl” game on November 1st. Their opponent and the “home team” that day will be the Kansas City Chiefs.
Good teams get lots of prime time opportunities in the National Football League. So it is no surprise that the Lions will get to play in a second Monday night game in the upcoming season. Their opponent will be the New Orleans Saints and the game is scheduled to be played on December 21st.
Detroit’s schedule is packed with difficult games at home and on the road, as well. The Lions performance against so much top competition will go a long way toward determining whether or not this squad from Michigan plays in January when the games really count.
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