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Notes: The Detroit Lions have one of the easiest remaining schedules

Hey, there’s something to maybe, possibly look forward to.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not going to sit here and pretend everything is okay with the Detroit Lions right now. Clearly, it isn’t. They’re 1-3, their head coach and general manager are under fire, and a

But the one thing Lions fans may be able to look forward to is their upcoming schedule. Thus far, Detroit’s losses have come against a 4-0 team, a 3-1 team and a 2-2- team. However, their next two opponents—the Jaguars and Falcons—have a combined one win in between them. After a potentially tough game against the Colts (3-1), Detroit has the Vikings (1-3), Washington (1-3), the Panthers (2-2) and the Texans (0-4). So their next seven opponents have a combined record of 8-20. Only one team currently has a winning record.

In fact, by advanced metrics, the Lions have one of the easiest schedules in the remaining 13 weeks of the season. Per ESPN’s Mike Clay, the Lions have the fifth-easiest schedule:

If you’re into Football Outsiders and their DVOA metrics, the Lions’ schedule ranks 11th easiest in the NFL.

Of course, the Lions need to right their own ship before they can start counting wins against these lesser opponents. Teams looking at the Lions (1-3, 24th in DVOA) on their schedule are likely thinking they have a nice break on their docket that week.

One negative:

  • One aspect of the Lions that actually seems to be working as planned? The run blocking:

  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press dove into the Saints film ($) and found that Matthew Stafford wasn’t nearly as bad as many believed him to be.

  • Just throwing this in here for those of you looking to 2021 already: