This is about the time of year that the NFL would be releasing the 2020 schedule during a normal offseason. Obviously, conditions of the world have changed, and the NFL has announced that they’re expected to release a schedule sometime before May 9. While that should be considered “subject to change,” the NFL has been adamant about keeping their offseason as normal as possible, refusing to change the dates of free agency and the draft. So when they say, the schedule release will be “no later” than May 9, you can probably believe them.
Which leads to today’s question of the day. The season opener has certainly been a trend-setter for the Detroit Lions the past few years. Last year’s tie against the Cardinals foreshadowed Detroit’s inability to hold a lead and their huge defensive issues. 2018’s embarrassing loss to the Jets let us know right away that this team wasn’t as good as we thought. Even 2017’s big win over the Cardinals highlighted the kind of player Kenny Golladay would become.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which team would you like to see the Lions open up against in 2020?
My answer: First, let’s give you a reminder of who their 2020 opponents will be. All 16 opponents have been set and you can see them here.
I’ll be completely honest here. I want a lay-up. I want the Lions to come out of the gate with an easy win, if such a thing even exists in the NFL anymore. Washington is the “easiest” team on their schedule based on last year’s record, and Detroit would open up at home, too. Obviously, the Lions lost to Washington last year, but that was without Stafford and on the road. Also, the Lions pretty much dominated that game—outgaining Washington 364-230—but just blew it with turnovers.
Though Washington had an active offseason and will likely be better than they were last year (and will also probably have Chase Young), I think this is about as ideal of a season opener as possible.