The NFL schedule is going to be released on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. The release always drums up a ton of excitement, as fans begin to map out where their team will be at the bye week, how easy their schedule looks in comparison to their division rivals and ultimately start predicting final records for the 2019 season.
Of course, most of the important information is already out there. We already know the Lions’ 2019 opponents and whether Detroit will be facing them on the road or at home. The only things left for tonight’s reveal are the specific dates of each game, when the bye week is and any national games that may be on the schedule.
But, for some, like Detroit Lions’ linebacker Devon Kennard, the first game is always the most intriguing. Last year, the Lions [REDACTED].
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which team would you like to see the Lions open up the 2019 season with?
(for a reminder of the Lions’ 2019 opponents, click here)
My answer: Of course, I’d like to see the Lions open up at home. There’s a certain brilliant atmosphere when your team opens up the season in front of its fans. There’s typically a better chance of the Lions starting off with a win at Ford Field, except for last year, when [REDACTED].
To be honest, I’d like a bit of a layup to start the season. Something for the Lions to build upon. I would say the Giants are arguably the easiest team to open with, given their... let’s call it “entertaining” offseason.
Plus, it would be an intriguing reunion for a couple of the biggest midseason trades last year. Golden Tate returns to Detroit, not as a member of the Eagles, but as a Giant. Meanwhile, Damon Harrison Sr. gets a crack at his old team (as does Devon Kennard and Romeo Okwara).
This would be far from a guaranteed win for the Lions, but the Giants have gotten worse this offseason and are coming off a 5-11 year. I know last year the Lions opened against a New York team and [REDACTED], but don’t be afraid. Opening with the Giants would be a blessing.