Every year a handful of teams get screwed with an early bye week - the Lions are one of those teams this year. Their Week 5 bye comes before two winnable road games which makes it nice timing for preparation, but it’s hard for teams to keep up that week-to-week energy after that early bye. Lions fans are hoping Matthew Stafford can stay healthy for the entire season, and if he can Detroit has the all-around talent to take advantage of the 2nd-easiest schedule in terms of expected opponent win totals. That early bye week aside, their tougher matchups against the Saints, Colts, Texans, and Buccaneers all come at home, which bodes well for their ability to steal a few of those games. The NFC North has become a division home to defensive juggernauts in recent years, but the Lions were derailed by injuries last year which clouded the public perception of their actual talent. With their completely remade secondary and D’Andre Swift joining a Stafford, Kenny Golladay, and T.J. Hockenson offense, the Lions are my dark horse division-winning team.

Date Time Opponent Stadium Score Record Matchup
1/9/22 6:00 pm vs Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers Ford Field 37-30 3 - 13 Detroit Lions Lions vs Green Bay Packers Packers
1/2/22 9:25 pm at Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks Lumen Field 29-51 2 - 13 Detroit Lions Lions at Seattle Seahawks Seahawks
12/26/21 6:00 pm at Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium 16-20 2 - 12 Detroit Lions Lions at Atlanta Falcons Falcons
12/19/21 6:00 pm vs Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals Ford Field 30-12 2 - 11 Detroit Lions Lions vs Arizona Cardinals Cardinals
12/12/21 9:05 pm at Denver Broncos Denver Broncos Empower Field at Mile High 10-38 1 - 11 Detroit Lions Lions at Denver Broncos Broncos
12/5/21 6:00 pm vs Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings Ford Field 29-27 1 - 10 Detroit Lions Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Vikings
11/25/21 5:30 pm vs Chicago Bears Chicago Bears Ford Field 14-16 0 - 10 Detroit Lions Lions vs Chicago Bears Bears
11/21/21 6:00 pm at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium 10-13 0 - 9 Detroit Lions Lions at Cleveland Browns Browns
11/14/21 6:00 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field 16-16 0 - 8 Detroit Lions Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers
10/31/21 5:00 pm vs Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles Ford Field 6-44 0 - 8 Detroit Lions Lions vs Philadelphia Eagles Eagles
10/24/21 8:05 pm at Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams SoFi Stadium 19-28 0 - 7 Detroit Lions Lions at Los Angeles Rams Rams
10/17/21 5:00 pm vs Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals Ford Field 11-34 0 - 6 Detroit Lions Lions vs Cincinnati Bengals Bengals
10/10/21 5:00 pm at Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium 17-19 0 - 5 Detroit Lions Lions at Minnesota Vikings Vikings
10/3/21 5:00 pm at Chicago Bears Chicago Bears Soldier Field 14-24 0 - 4 Detroit Lions Lions at Chicago Bears Bears
9/26/21 5:00 pm vs Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Ford Field 17-19 0 - 3 Detroit Lions Lions vs Baltimore Ravens Ravens
9/21/21 12:15 am at Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 17-35 0 - 2 Detroit Lions Lions at Green Bay Packers Packers
9/12/21 5:00 pm vs San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers Ford Field 33-41 0 - 1 Detroit Lions Lions vs San Francisco 49ers 49ers