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Tuesday open thread: What’s one certainty about the Detroit Lions schedule?

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Looking over their 2020 schedule, what’s the one thing you’re sure about when it comes to the Detroit Lions next season?

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The Detroit Lions schedule was released last week alongside a boatload of opinions about said schedule. Schedule prognosticators were quick to mark up the schedule with wins and losses—some not so optimistic, some able to get the Lions in the playoffs, and the bold and brave able to predict the ever elusive 16-0 season that most assuredly will happen before we’re all wiped off the face of this earth.

Beyond the chance at an NFC North division title or another top-10 draft pick selection, I took a look at the schedule to answer today’s Question of the Day...

What’s one certainty about the Detroit Lions schedule?

One thing you’re absolutely sure of when taking a look at the Detroit Lions schedule for the 2020 season.

The one thing I’m certain of is how those eight games that make up the meat of their schedule (Games 4-12) will determine if the Lions are playing playoff football or not. I’m certain if the Lions don’t go at least 6-2 over that stretch of games, the team is going to be facing an uphill battle I’m not sure they can overcome in order to make the playoffs.

Factors like an early bye in Week 5 and an absolute four-game gauntlet to finish out the season—Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Minnesota Vikings—make that stretch against middling teams like Atlanta, Washington, Jacksonville, and Washington such a critical part of their schedule.

Your turn.