I don't get how we have ti travel to Arizona EVERY year regardless of what are record was the previous year.
HA HA HA HA!
more seriously ...... I agreed with your perception but I was kind of surprised when I looked up the series history.
Since the Cardinals have moved out to Phoenix, the Lions have played them 16 times. The split is actually even. 8 games in Phoenix (1993, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013), 8 games in Detroit (1989, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009). The Lions played two games against the Cardinals as part of the 1993 scheduling formula.
Looking at the years, the Lions do seem to get in these "runs" where they are always playing at Arizona --- we're in the midst of another one now apparently.
For the London game, English fans will not be surprised how badly the Lions choke under the spotlight; the England national team has been choking for 50 years.
Umm how do we play an NFC team on Thanksgiving? Aren't we on CBS this year? I haz a confused.
I believe it leaked earlier this year that the Lions were going to play the Bills which could be a CBS game. Guess we will just have to wait a couple hours to figure it out.
CBS now is showing Thursday night games. That might have something to do with it.
Really excited about that. Never liked the production quality on NFL network for games, though their studio work and other shows are top notch.
Every year same BS. The NFL is hard. Every schedule looks like this.
This playing in Europe stuff is stupid. Can't stand it. Do an exhibition over there or something. Not the easiest schedule, but we should at least compete for a wild card.
Predicting NFL records when the schedules are released is dumb. Look at Atlanta this past year. There are always teams that surprise you good and bad. Also, injuries plague teams later in the year. The Lions will probably suck no matter the schedule but I will still go week in week out. I kept my Lions tickets over my Michigan tickets. Better product at similar prices (product being the NFL)
Amirite fellow Lions fans?!!
So hard to have pre-season optimism after getting flogged by "this is FINALLY the year" Lions expectations for my entire lifetime. And this feeling completely contradicts my "optimism or bust" mentality regarding the upcoming Michigan football season. Go figure.
Also this: @Chicago, @ GB in the final two weeks. Bring your cold weather gear, Matthew Stafford.
WTF is up with that? Seems like every year (the last couple being the exception) are playing at Green Bay at the end of the year. Now we get to play them AND Chicago.
throw the ball to the guy with the little blue lion on his helmet. k thx.
Suh don't care
Suh may not be here if you've been following it
So @GB and @Chicago to end the year? haha. Oh Lions.
I'm optimistic....based on everyone being healthy.....7-9 sounds about right.
Week 16 at Chicago, followed by Week 17 at Green Bay? That could be some nad-shrinking weather for the Lions at a critical juncture of the season.
If nothing else, we get a bye after the game in London, so hopefully more than enough time to get over any jet lag from that game. I am also intrigued by starting out the season as the MNF game, so that will be interesting too.
From about Week 12 onwards, well, whether in Detroit or elsewhere, I hope the team remembers to bring the warmer uniforms and gear - that will be a fun stretch as we get into the colder weather.
If we do well in the draft, get some early contributors and everyone stays reasonably healthy, I would hoep for perhaps a wild card spot. As a Lions fan, I could live with that.
The bullies are coming week 10. Suh won't know what hit him. Unless he hits someone before that and can't play.
I don't think that schedule is all that bad. Pretty sweet that we're the first MNF game of the year.
MNF tailgates suck. I'd much rather have a sucky tailgate later in the year when the weather blows than on a day that will most likely be the warmest of the season.
I don't go to the games, so that's pretty irrelevent to me (and I imagine most of us).
That's it. I'm not renewing my seasons tickets because of this terrible home schedule Brandon arranged.
on the crappy product Brandon is putting on Ford Field.
The NFL is hard. Get over it.
If the Lions are ever going to be a good franchise, they need to make it happen regardless of whom they are playing.
The Lions have the 16th toughest schedule, the 28th hardest home slate. Their road schedule is tough--9th--but come on. This schedule is no excuse.
There's players in here making excuses? To my knowledge it's just fans complaining.
My expectations are the same as last year. If they draft well and stafford is improved they should he 10-6/11-5. Hopefully Caldwell can help stafford grow and Chris Houston bounces back after last year and is solid instead of awful.
10-6?? Good luck with that. They'll b lucky to win 8
It is not crazy. I have the Lions at 11 wins.
Because that can't be serious. "If they draft well...."?
It's tough all the way through but everybody else in the division plays pretty much the same teams (The AFC East and NFC South). With the way they played down the stretch last year I am not expecting much unless Caldwell manages to cut down on turnovers and at least maintain the defense from last year.
Does it really matter what the schedule is? They have no coach, and no secondary. Plus they are the Lions. They will suck no matter what
That's the same thing the asian groundskeepers said about your avatar's team. (Subtitles) "They still suck." Then the Indians won the pennant when Jake Taylor beat out a bunt.