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Lions set to make second-ever trip to MetLife Stadium

On Sunday, the Detroit Lions will play at MetLife Stadium for only the second time in their history.

Nick Laham

Last week, we talked about the Detroit Lions' unfortunate history at Lambeau Field over the last couple decades. It was important for the Lions to defend their home turf given their struggles at Lambeau, and they did just that by beating the Green Bay Packers by a score of 19-7.

This week, it's a much different story with the Lions playing at the New York Jets. For starters, this is actually only the Lions' second-ever trip to MetLife Stadium, and it's their first-ever meeting at MetLife against the Jets. The stadium has only been open since 2010, and the Lions' only trip there so far came against the New York Giants that year. The Lions lost 28-20 in a game that saw both Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton play quarterback for the Lions.

The other reason it's a much different story this week is that the Lions just don't have much road history against the Jets in general. The Lions have actually only played four road games against the Jets in their history:

2006: Lost, 31-24
2000: Won, 10-7
1994: Won, 18-7
1979: Lost, 31-10


Sunday will really be a unique experience for the Lions with them being relatively unfamiliar with MetLife Stadium, and it will be unique simply because road games against the Jets are so rare for them. There's less pressure to come away with a win than last week considering they're not hosting a division rival, but it's still important for the Lions to emerge victorious if they want to remain atop the NFC North standings.

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