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Wednesday open thread: Which time slot is your favorite for Lions games?

The Lions have been on just about every possible time slot in recent years. Which one do you prefer?

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Yesterday I asked you guys how you felt about the Detroit Lions’ 9 a.m. ET games in London since the NFL announced that their international series would be cancelled for 2020. Many of you agreed with me that it was nice to wake up and start your day with Lions football and bask in an NFL Sunday for the remainder of the day.

Today, we look at all the possible time slots: Thanksgiving noon games, Thursday Night Football, Sunday morning games in London, 1 p.m. games, 4 p.m. games, Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football.

Question of the day: Which time slot is your favorite for Lions games?

My rankings:

  1. Sunday Night Football: This is really enticing to me because I get to cap off a whole day of football with more Lions. The crowd is guaranteed to be deafening at Ford Field, and it’s fun to see the Lions in prime time. Maybe I’m just biased given their success against the Patriots on SNF sticking out in my mind.
  2. Good ol’ 1 p.m. ET games: A staple of my Sunday. Nothing wrong with these, always a good time.
  3. Sunday morning London games: Waking up, having breakfast before or during a game and having a full day of football ahead after cheering on the Lions is such a unique feeling. I definitely enjoy these when they come around
  4. Monday Night Football: Again, I like the primetime aspect. I like these a little bit more than Thursday Night Football because if the Lions win, there’s plenty of coverage of it since it’s prime time, and if they lose, it’s a short turnaround to next Sunday. Makes my Mondays a whole lot better when I have these to look forward to, too.
  5. Thanksgiving: I’d be a bigger fan of these if the Lions were just a little better. I feel like outside of the Jim Caldwell years, the Lions have always sucked on Thanksgiving. Likewise, it’s a long week and a half afterwards before the next game. Love that the Lions are a Thanksgiving staple, though.
  6. Thursday Night Football: Feels like a poor man’s version of Monday Night Football. The play is usually sloppy and I don’t like the long wait until the next game. This gets a thumbs up for always having fun jerseys, though.
  7. 4 p.m. ET games: These just don’t sit right with me. They throw off my schedule and there’s nothing distinctly good about them.

I should note that this could be a much longer list—Monday Night Football technically has three different time slots, there are Saturday NFL games later in the season, and more. I kept it to the core games though. At the end of the day however, football is football and I’ll be very grateful the next time I get to watch the Lions, no matter the time slot.

Which time slot is your favorite? Which is the worst? Do you agree with my rankings? Let us know in the comments below.


What’s your favorite time slot of Lions games?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    (185 votes)
  • 36%
    1 p.m. ET
    (257 votes)
  • 9%
    (70 votes)
  • 15%
    Thanksgiving (12:30 p.m. ET)
    (109 votes)
  • 0%
    (7 votes)
  • 7%
    4 p.m. ET
    (52 votes)
  • 3%
    London games (9 a.m. ET)
    (24 votes)
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