As the release of the NFL schedules approached, we all awaited how the season-makers would annually screw the Lions once again. Can't get much worse than the toughest schedule in the league last year. But to my surprise, there's a lot to feel good about in the schedule for 2013 - it may be the most favorable Lions schedule in years.
First the negatives - they open at home, but only have two home games in the first six. Still better than the Vikings who open with two road games. And road games against the Cardinals, Redskins, and Browns are ones I'm happy to have early on. Speaking of the Browns, they're a rare double pairing - the Lions get the Browns the second week of the preseason and the sixth week of the regular season.
And it hardly needs to be said, another year of the Lions getting no primetime love. But that's understandable since they did go 4-12 last year. But they do still get a Monday night game against the Ravens and of course, their annual Thanksgiving appearance (against the Packers again - I think it's the 4th Packers v Lions Thanksgiving in 7 years - because the NFL apparently wants to suck up air time debating Suh-stomp endlessly).
But now on to the positives - the thing that immediately jumped out at me, this is the first time I can remember that the Lions do not have to travel to Green Bay in the dead of winter. A road game at Lambeau, before the Earth freezes over? Unheard of!
In fact, this is one of the warmest schedules I've ever seen. After the middle of November, the Lions have 4 of the last 6 at home in the dome. 5 of the last 6 are in domes, the only outdoor exception being at Philadephia December 8.
We already knew the opponents, but now seeing them in schedule form affirms that I don't fear any of these teams. There are no 49ers, or Broncos, or Patriots, or Seahawks, or Falcons on the schedule. Every team on the schedule is perfectly beatable.
And on a personal note, I finally have a date - September 22, ensuring I'll have a warm visit to Fed-Ex field here in DC to watch the Lions take on the Redskins.