The Lions get a (preseason) primetime game

The Detroit Lions landed a national broadcast for the preseason opener after being blanked from primetime in the regular season

All the uproar over the Detroit Lions being shut out of primetime games in the 2022 NFL schedule might have produced a minor victory for the Lions. Detroit earned itself a national primetime broadcast for its preseason opener.

The league revealed the broadcast schedule and all times and dates for the three preseason games for each team. Detroit opens up hosting the Atlanta Falcons in a game that will be broadcast nationally on the NFL Network.

The preseason opener takes place in Ford Field on Friday, August 12th and kicks off at 6 p.m. ET. It’s not exactly primetime but it’s a national broadcast that indeed extends well into primetime. It allows the rest of the country a chance for a first look at Year 2 of the Dan Campbell Lions.

Lions schedule: Too-early game-by-game predictions for all 17 games

An early prediction on all 17 games on the Detroit Lions 2022 schedule

It’s time once again for the too-early “schedule game”. You know how it goes. We get the Detroit Lions schedule finalized and then it’s a requirement we go through and predict wins and losses for each game. It’s a time-honored staple of sports radio and fandom!

I have a slightly different process than most folks in doing it. I actually go through each game three times. I guesstimate the best possible outcome for the Lions, the worst possible outcome, and then which one is more likely given the opponent and my general feeling towards that team in 2022.

In this exact prediction piece in 2021, I had the Lions finishing 5-12.

Lions get a favorable strength of schedule for 2022

The Lions have one of the easiest schedules in terms of opposing win percentage from a year ago

One of the reasons the Detroit Lions could rise in the standings in 2022 is a simple matter of the strength of schedule. The Lions have one of the easier schedules in terms of opponent win percentages from a year ago.

The Lions have the fifth-easiest schedule in 2022 when accounting for the aggregate win percentage of the 17 teams on the upcoming schedule. Only the four teams in the NFC East have lighter percentages than Detroit’s .467. And the Lions play all four of those teams — Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia and Washington. Detroit gets the advantage of opening at home against the Eagles and Commanders, too.

It helps that the Lions are playing a fourth-place schedule, of course. Finishing in last in the NFC North in 2021 at 3-13-1 set up Detroit to play fellow bottom-dwellers from a season ago in the AFC South and NFC South. Those two teams, Jacksonville and Carolina, combined to finish 8-26.

In 2021 the Lions sputtered to their last-place finish with one of the NFL’s tougher schedules. Detroit faced an aggregate .529 win percentage from 2020 in 2021.

The 6 most pivotal games on the Lions 2022 schedule

Our Cam Garrity breaks down the 6 most pivotal games on the Detroit Lions 2022 schedule

The Detroit Lions, like all other teams, saw their schedule be released on Thursday. What always comes with this territory is media stipulation on where they think the best matchups lie, and why. So now it’s my turn to go through the six games I feel are pivotal for the Detroit Lions in 2022. And yes I think there is a shot they can make the playoffs this season, I really do.

Here is the Detroit Lions 2022 regular season schedule

Here is the Detroit Lions 2022 17-game regular season schedule

The 2022 Detroit Lions schedule is now established. Detroit will have nine home dates and eight road games in the 17-game regular season schedule.

Dan Campbell’s second season as the Lions head coach begins with two home dates against foes from the NFC East. There are no primetime games for the Lions, making them the only team that does not appear on Thursday night, Sunday night or Monday Night Football.

The bye week comes early with a Week 6 break sandwiched between two road games. The Lions finish with two games inside the NFC North, capping off the season in Green Bay with a visit to the Packers.

Week Date Opponent Time (ET)
1 Sept. 11 vs Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. Tickets
2 Sept. 18 vs Washington Commanders 1 p.m. Tickets
3 Sept. 25 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. Tickets
4 Oct. 2 vs Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m. Tickets
5 Oct. 9 at New England Patriots 1 p.m. Tickets
6 Oct. 16 BYE
7 Oct. 23 at Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m. Tickets
8 Oct. 30 vs Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. Tickets
9 Nov. 6 vs Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. Tickets
10 Nov. 13 at Chicago Bears 1 p.m. Tickets
11 Nov. 20 at New York Giants 1 p.m. Tickets
12 Nov. 24 vs Buffalo Bills

(Thanksgiving)

12:30 p.m. Tickets
13 Dec. 4 vs Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. Tickets
14 Dec. 11 vs Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. Tickets
15 Dec. 18 at New York Jets 1 p.m. Tickets
16 Dec. 24 at Carolina Panthers

(Saturday)

1 p.m. Tickets
17 Jan. 1 vs Chicago Bears 1 p.m. Tickets
18 Jan. 7/8 at Green Bay Packers TBD Tickets

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Lions 3-game preseason schedule set

The Lions open the preseason with a visit from the Atlanta Falcons

In addition to the 2022 regular-season slate of 17 games, the Detroit Lions preseason docket is now revealed. Well, mostly anyway.

The Lions will have three preseason games in August. Only one of the games will be at Ford Field, the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. The exact date and time for the first two exhibition games have yet to be fully determined.

Detroit will take to the road to play the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts in the final two preseason dates. The finale in Indianapolis will take place on August 28th at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The shift from four games down to three exhibitions coincided with the league expanding the regular-season schedule to 17 games. Because the Lions have nine home dates in the games that count, they only get one preseason matchup in Ford Field.

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Lions shut out of primetime games in 2022 NFL schedule

The Lions only national TV appearance comes in Week 12 against the Bills on Thanksgiving

The suspense of the NFL schedule release led to some eventual disappointment for Detroit Lions fans. The disdain has nothing to do with the sequence of games, however.

No, the issue is the lack of primetime games. The Lions will not be featured once in the national viewing window outside of the traditional Thanksgiving kickoff in Week 12, when the Lions host the Buffalo Bills in the only game at the 12:30 ET window.

No Thursday games. No Sunday Night or Monday Night Football dates.

Every other game on the schedule is slated to start at 1 p.m. ET. There aren’t any late-afternoon kickoffs with the team not traveling outside of the Eastern and Central time zones.

Sure, the Lions went 3-13-1 last year and earned the No. 2 overall pick in the draft as a result. But the one team that finished worse than Detroit, the Jacksonville Jaguars, landed a Thursday Night Night Football date against the New York Jets in Week 16. The Jaguars also have a nationally televised game when they host the Broncos in London in Week 8.

Technically the league could flex the Lions into a primetime slot late in the season, and the Week 18 matchup with the Green Bay Packers does not yet have a set time. If the Lions are in the playoff mix late in the year, the NFL-imposed blackout on national games could change.

Even with the growing buzz about Lions coach Dan Campbell and the exciting new offensive weapons in Detroit, the team’s lowly reputation and lack of national cache will keep them from being on primetime. Winning more games appears to be the only way to earn it. Go earn it, Detroit…

 

The full Detroit Lions 2022 schedule revealed

The full 17-game Detroit Lions schedule for the 2022 NFL season

The official 17-game schedule for the Detroit Lions in 2022 was fully revealed on Thursday night in a primetime extravaganza on the NFL Network. We now know the full sequence of games for the Lions, including the bye week.

The Lions have home and road dates with each of the three NFC North opponents, as well as common games with the full NFC East and AFC East. They also have games against the last-place finishers in the AFC South, AFC West and NFC South. The team has nine home games and eight road dates.

Here is the sequence of the 2022 schedule for Dan Campbell’s Lions team.

Report: Lions will open the 2022 season hosting the Philadelphia Eagles

A report from Jeff McLane indicates the Detroit Lions will open the 2022 season hosting the Philadelphia Eagles

We’ll learn the full 2022 schedule when the NFL Network reveals it in a primetime broadcast on Thursday night, but a well-sourced leak reveals the Detroit Lions fate for Week 1.

Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Lions will host the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener. It’s the first leak for Detroit’s schedule to get widespread confirmation.

The Eagles open the 2022 season at the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., an NFL source told The Inquirer.

It’s an early chance for the Lions to avenge their worst outing of the 2021 campaign. Philadelphia smoked Detroit, 44-6, in Week 8 in Ford Field last year. In that game, the Eagles ran for more yards (236) than the Lions total offense produced (228).

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NFL reveals international schedule for 2022 with no Lions games, as expected

The Lions have not played in an international game since visiting Wembley Stadium in England in 2015.

The NFL announced the games scheduled for international competition early Wednesday morning. As expected, the Detroit Lions will not be playing in any of the games in Europe, Mexico or England.

Earlier in the offseason the NFL released the names of the teams that would be hosting games overseas. The Lions were not one of the five teams losing a home date to an international game, and the rules of the schedule for those games effectively eliminated Detroit from being one of the foes. Wednesday morning’s schedule announcement confirmed it.

The games:

The Lions have not played in an international game since visiting Wembley Stadium in England in 2015. Detroit was slated to be one of the teams playing in England in 2020, but the international series was cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detroit’s full schedule for the 2022 NFL season will happen on Thursday, May 12th at 8 p.m. ET.