The Detroit Lions 2022 schedule is now over and there’s a lot to break from the 18-week plan. We’ll get our game-by-game predictions soon, but in the meantime, here are my quick observations of what stood out from the Lviv perspective.
No games during prime-time
NFL fans and media may be slowly falling in love with Dana Campbell and the Lions – and that will only increase with the Hard Knocks this summer – but they still haven’t won the trust of the schedulers. Even last year, Lions had one “Monday Night Football” match in prime-time. This year will nada. (Note: I don’t think the 12:30 Thanksgiving Game is “the best time”).
Of course, it’s worth noting that Sunday Night Football matches may change from week 5 onwards, so the Lions will basically have to get all the primetime games for the 2022 season.
All early games
Another peculiarity on the Detroit roster is that every game is in its early stages. The Lions will play every game at 1 p.m. EST in 2022, with the exception of the Thanksgiving game which starts 30 minutes earlier. The Lions’ Week 18 game against the Packers has no date and time yet, so that may change.
However, this is not a big surprise. The Lions have only played one match en route against a team that traditionally plays in the late window (Cowboys), but that match is set to 1pm ET. This schedule rhythm certainly benefits the lions.
Get ready for some cold games
Last year, Lions were lucky when it comes to outdoor games. In the first four games of the season, they played for Chicago and Green Bay. Their only outdoor games in November and beyond were Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Denver, and Seattle – and none of those games were below freezing point when they started.
Detroit may not be so lucky this year. They play both Giants and Jets on the road at the end of the year (November 20 and December 18, respectively). They will also have to travel to Lambeau for the final game of the season in January. Even their game in Chicago on November 13 could have foul weather.
A good balance of home and away matches
The Lions only need to go on tour twice in the following weeks (the third time is interrupted for 6 weeks in Detroit). Lions, on the other hand, have a nice three-game home game, kicked off with their Thanksgiving match against Bills, followed by a match against Jaguars and Vikings.
With that being said, three of the Lions’ last four games will be on the way and they might be hunting for a playoff spot then.
In addition to the annual Thanksgiving game, the Lions will play two other holidays. The timetable makers did a nice favor to the Lions media by ensuring Detroit would be touring on Saturday December 24 – Christmas Eve – instead of Sunday, giving everyone the opportunity to return from Carolina and spend their holidays with their family.
Don’t sit too late on New Years Eve as the Lions will hold a potentially decisive match against the Chicago Bears on New Years Eve.
It’s not really a holiday, but Detroit will also play the day before Halloween, so expect lots of people in Ford Field costumes to fight the dolphins.