ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions’ 2022 schedule was launched together with the remainder of the NFL slate Thursday.
The season will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 8 with the Los Angeles Rams internet hosting the Buffalo Payments at SoFi Stadium. ESPN opens its schedule with Monday Evening Soccer on Sept. 12, that includes the Denver Broncos internet hosting the Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL expanded to 17 regular-season video games final season. The ultimate regular-season video games in 2022 will likely be performed Jan. 8, 2023. The playoffs start Jan. 14, and proceed via Tremendous Bowl LVII on Feb. 12, in Glendale, Arizona.
Here is what in retailer for the Lions:
Sept. 11: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Sept. 18: vs. Washington Commanders
Sept. 25: at Minnesota Vikings
Oct. 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Oct. 9: at New England Patriots
Oct. 18: BYE
Oct. 23: at Dallas Cowboys
Oct. 30: vs. Miami Dolphins
Nov. 6: vs. Inexperienced Bay Packers
Nov. 13: at Chicago Bears
Nov. 20: at New York Giants
Nov. 24: vs. Buffalo Payments (Thanksgiving)
Dec. 4: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dec. 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Dec. 18: at New York Jets
Dec. 24: at Carolina Panthers (Saturday)
Jan. 1: vs. Chicago Bears
Jan. 7/8: at Inexperienced Bay (TBD)
Power of schedule: 28th, .467
Let the kneecap biting start. Yr 2 of the Dan Campbell period is ready to begin. Coming off a season through which the Lions began 0-8, the start of this yr’s schedule doesn’t seem so troublesome. Three of the primary 4 video games will likely be performed at residence towards Philadelphia, Washington and Seattle, and Detroit hits the street Week 3 at Minnesota, then once more for Week 5 at New England earlier than a bye week. That residence stretch might assist the Lions construct some early momentum.
New receiver DJ Chark Jr. definitely has the Week 13 recreation towards Jacksonville circled on his calendar. Informal followers may query why a matchup between the NFL’s worst two groups in 2021 can be of any curiosity, however for starters, Chark was a 2019 Professional Bowler in Jacksonville earlier than signing a one-year deal in Detroit this offseason. So, that’s a recreation he desires to carry out nicely in. Additionally, it’ll be an attention-grabbing matchup between the highest two picks on this yr’s draft — Jaguars defensive finish Travon Walker and Lions D-lineman Aidan Hutchinson. Each groups try to construct in the suitable path.
What Vegas thinks
The oddsmakers have the Lions’ win complete at six. To hit the over, quarterback Jared Goff has to point out that he might be productive with anybody aside from Sean McVay as his head coach. Goff is 3-17-1 (.167) with a QBR of 33 in his profession with out McVay. All of that definitely isn’t his fault. Lions basic supervisor Brad Holmes is placing offensive weapons round him in 2022, and Goff has a familiarity with receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, working again D’Andre Swift and tight finish T.J. Hockenson. Plus, the Lions added receivers Chark and Jameson Williams by way of free company and the draft, respectively. The rebuilt protection additionally has to step it up as nicely.
Detroit will win a minimum of seven video games. Though the squad went 3-13-1 final season, anybody who watched the staff carefully is aware of how aggressive it was in most of the video games. Staying wholesome will likely be a foremost concern, but when the Lions play as laborious as they did for Campbell throughout his first season — and may keep wholesome — they might get a minimum of seven wins for the primary time since 2017, after they went 9-7. For Detroit, that might be a victory as they proceed to construct a basis for the longer term.