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Detroit Lions' 2010 Opponents

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Via John Niyo, the Lions' opponents in 2010 are now set.  The actual schedule won't be out until April, but below is a list of Detroit's opponents next season.

Home:

Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
New England Patriots
New York Jets
St. Louis Rams

Away:

Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Overall that looks like a pretty tough schedule, but the one good thing is that outside of the Rams and Redskins, there are quite a few good teams coming to Ford Field.  Hopefully that (and hopefully an improved Lions team) means fewer blackouts next season.

Out of all the games on the schedule, the one I'm looking forward to most is the one with the Jets because it will be the first meeting between Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez.  This is a complete guess, but I'd pencil that game in for Thanksgiving.  Next year the Lions will play either the Jets or Patriots on Thanksgiving since it will be on CBS and require an AFC opponent, and I think the more intriguing matchup is with the Jets.  We all saw what happened the last time the Lions and Patriots played on Thanksgiving, and although they are definitely a big draw, my guess is the New York market and the storyline of Stafford and Sanchez will be why the Jets and Lions play each other on Thanksgiving.