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Lions 2018 schedule quick analysis: President Rod Wood doesn’t get his wish

Our immediate thoughts on the Lions’ 2018 schedule.

The Detroit Lions 2018 schedule is out. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here. There’s a lot to digest, but here are our quick reactions to the lineup.

Rod Wood doesn’t get his request this year

During the owners meeting last month, Lions team president Rod Wood said he had one big request for the league this year: He wanted to have Detroit’s two west-coast games (at 49ers and at Cardinals) in back-to-back weeks. The hope was that the Lions could stay on the west coast, instead of traveling back home in between games.

That didn’t end up happening. The Lions play in San Francisco in Week 2, then travel to Arizona in Week 14.

We will own the Bears twice in 11 days

Not only are the Lions getting the Bears on Thanksgiving, but they’re getting them a few weeks before Thanksgiving. The Lions will play the Bears in Week 10 and Week 12, but because they have a shortened week for Thanksgiving, they will be playing the Bears twice in just 11 days. That’s pretty ridiculous, especially when you consider that the Lions will somehow fit a game against the Panthers in between matchups.

See you in December

If the Lions are in the playoff hunt, the final two games of the season are going to be absolutely crucial. First, they host the Vikings in Week 16, then they finish with the Packers—for the third year in a row—but this time on the road. The entire NFC North could be decided in those two games.

Bye week blues

The Lions get their bye week a little earlier than most teams. In fact, only four teams have an earlier bye than the Lions.

Week 6 isn’t a horrible bye week, but most teams prefer to have theirs a little later in the season.

Late-season homestand

Last year, the Lions didn’t have back-to-back games in any two weeks of the season. This year, they’ll have a home stretch from Week 11 to Week 13 all at home. However, those games will not be cake-walks. The Lions will host the Panthers, then Bears, then Rams.

Weather report

The Lions may be playing outdoors in cold weather often this year. First, they’ll face the Bears at Soldier Field on November 11. A month later, they’ll be in Buffalo on December 16. Then, of course, they finish at Lambeau on December 30.


This schedule, while not at all “easy,” is pretty fairly balanced in terms of difficulty. They have some soft early games (Jets, 49ers), but some tough ones mixed in (Patriots, Packers). The same can be said for the back end of the schedule with the Bills and Cardinals on the easy side and the Rams, Vikings and Packers on the harder end of the spectrum.

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