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Jim Schwartz, Lions Would Be 'Jacked As Hell' For Monday Night Football Game

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In the five years I have been running Pride of Detroit, there hasn't been a single NFL schedule release where I thought there was even a chance of the Lions getting a primetime or Monday Night Football game. The Lions haven't been in primetime since a 16-13 overtime loss at the Packers in 2005, and they haven't been involved in a regular season Monday Night Football game since 2001, when they lost at home to the Rams, 35-0. (In the 2005 preseason, the Lions lost to the Rams, 37-13, on MNF.)

The embarrassing showing against the Rams nearly 10 years ago has apparently scared off the folks at MNF from featuring the Lions in a game. Considering how bad Detroit has been for the most part during this time, it's understandable. People don't want to watch potentially lopsided games, which is why the Lions get no love when it comes to primetime games. 

With the way the Lions played down the stretch and guys like Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best, Louis Delmas and Matthew Stafford on the team, for the first time in a long time they have a combination of a good team and star power. There is obviously no set criteria for what a team needs to have to be involved in a MNF game, but I think it's safe to say the Lions are a team that is worthy of being on ESPN at least once in 2011. It would be disappointing if they don't get a MNF game, but if they do, I think Jim Schwartz summed up how people would react.

"If we play Monday, I'll say we're jacked as hell," Schwartz said.

The Lions are long overdue for a MNF game, especially after Detroit played host to a Monday night game between the Vikings and Giants last year. I don't expect the NFL or TV networks to ever show the Lions love, but like I already said, it would be pretty disappointing if they were shut out from Monday night for the 10th year in a row.