Lions’ 2012 opponents nearly set

Posted by ttwentyman on December 30, 2011 – 6:02 pm

The 2012 schedule is just about set for the Lions in terms of which teams they will face.

The Lions will have home games against Chicago, Minnesota, Green Bay, St. Louis, Seattle, Houston, Indianapolis and Atlanta.

They’ll go on the road to face Chicago, Minnesota, Green Bay, Arizona, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Tennessee and the loser of Sunday’s New York/Dallas game.

The Lions annual Thanksgiving Day game opponent will either be Houston or Indianapolis.


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27 Responses to “Lions’ 2012 opponents nearly set”

  1. By Jeremy Litka on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    that thanksgiving matchup looks lame.

  2. By KJ on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    Rams. Colts, Titans,and Jags have some big ?’s that need to be answered Seahawks and Cards are teams on the rise, and I don’t see the Texans, Hawks, 49ers and Cowboys/Giants slipping too much. Add in our division opponents and it looks similar to this years schedule in the level of difficulty.

  3. By jt on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    looks like a 14-2 season for sure…maybe better if they don’t have two off games

  4. By Big Nck on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    Look forward to the Lions coming to SF to give a beatdown to the fortywhiners!!!!!!!!

  5. By Tom Paccione on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    Isnt it possible we play Philly if they win and Dallas loses? They’d both be 8-8 and Philly the better head to head schedule so they’d be 2nd in the division

  6. By 50milessouthofdetroit on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    i thought i read somewhere that if philly wins on sunday, they could finish 2nd in the east. wouldn’t that change who we play?

  7. By ashevillain on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    Really hard to predict much about next year so soon, but…

    Within the division:

    – It would be nice to have at least one MIN game early in the season (to avoid playing against AP) but it might not matter much. They might be the NFL’s worst next year regardless. I doubt Frazier returns.

    – CHI and GB I think should be close to what they were this year. Maybe a slight bump for CHI if they get rid of Martz and maybe a slight downgrade if GB can’t fix their D. It would be GREAT to play @ BOTH of these teams early in the year for a change. Let DET host that last division game of the year!

    Outside the division:

    – I don’t see SF having the same shutdown D next year if their offense can’t keep the D off the field. ARI and SEA I think will be tough games. Both very prideful teams who are finishing this year relatively strong. I think SEA wins the division. STL….well, I bet they’re wishing for LUCK. (hoping for 2-2 vs. NFCW)

    – HOU’s secondary probably gets brought back to Earth but their run D gets a bump if Mario Williams stays healthy. Not sure what to make of TEN and JAC. Hasselbeck probably retires. Gabbert….meh. Who will coach the Jags? All of those touches have to catch up to MJD at some point. Manning will return to IND as player/coach…lol. DET should drop 7 or 8 into coverage every play and make his neck work overtime (hoping for 3-1 vs. AFCS)

    – ATL – Turner is getting slower…I think he’s in a timeshare next year. Matty, Julio and Roddy are great though. Does Gonzalez retire?

    – NYG/DAL – hard to tell what’s going on with either. Both could have new coaches next year regardless of who makes the playoffs.

    As for DET themselves:

    – I really really really really really really (did I say really?) hope DET tries to land Vincent Jackson. I think he will be the #1 free agent pickup. I can’t imagine the frustration of opposing defenses if they had to face Calvin, Vincent, Titus/Nate, Brandon/Tony, and Jahvid/Mikel.

    – Also need to target a decent punter. Not sure how much longer Hanson has so maybe a kicker too.

    – Need to draft an OL, LB and DB (in that order). A backup QB and a late round RB wouldn’t hurt either.

  8. By Jay on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    This looks like alot easier schedule then this year, but its still to early to determine who is competition and who isnt.

    Go Lions, Playoff victory’s incoming

  9. By STEVEF on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    Since we made the playoffs this year,we should be guaranteed at least 1 Monday Night Football appearance,i think we deserve more than one. I know alot of people enjoy watching an explosive offense,and the Lions dam sure have that..

  10. By DrewSt on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    You want 2 MNF games in Detroit? Most teams are lucky to get one MNF.

    There are only 17 possible MNF games, I can’t see any team getting 2 home games. Especially when you consider all the 1v1 matchups (NO vs GB // GB vs SF // NO vs SF // Houston vs NE // NE vs Baltimore // NE vs Denver // Baltimore vs Houston // SF vs NE. PLUS all the huge divisional battles.

    I do expect however 3 of the 8 home games to be in a prime time position. Whether it be Thursday/Sunday/Monday Night games. Likely a Sunday night game, Monday and our thanksgiving game.

    Possible home MNF/SNF – Green Bay, Houston, Chicago and Atlanta.

    I imagine we will play San Fran in a prime time slot on the road.

    4-2 vs NFC north
    3-1 vs NFC west
    4-2 vs Dal/Ten/Jax/Ind/Atl/Hou

    11-5 Record and that will be stuck in another wild card spot. SUPER SUPER Early but anything less than 10-6 would be a disappointment in my eyes

  11. By riley484 on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    Are you sure it’s the NYG/Dallas loser on their schedule? Doesn’t Philadelphia have tie-breakers for second place if they beat Washington? I know for sure they do if Dallas loses since they beat them twice, not so sure on the Giants.

  12. By Woody Douglas on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    WE WILL NEED TO OBTAIN A BETTER RUN DEFENSE, THESE TEAMS RUN FIRST. 10 -6 LOOK LIKE IT. HOPING 12-4.FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT SHOULD GO AFTER BIGGER AND FASTER CORNERS NEED GOOD TACKLERS IN THE SECONDARY. FILL THE OFFENSIVE LINE A MUST. LT & C. ARE GETTING UP THERE. NEED SOME ROAD GRATERS.

  13. By Chris Loney on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    That last road game could be at Philly if they beat the Redskins as the Eagles would end in second place.

  14. By Mike Sawson on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    If theEagles win we will play them instead..

  15. By polegojim on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Exactly the point Woody.

    My only disappointments this year have been the poor Run D and lack of Sacks/QB Hurries. Some QBs looked downright comfortable in the pocket. We all expected much more, esp after Fairley’s return. He’s been very quiet.

    That aside, play some disciplined ball guys – GO LIONS

  16. By Darren Carbone on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Great point. Eagles will hold tie-breakers on either if they win. Are we certain that Frisco is a road game and the Rams are at home? I thought it was the opposite?

  17. By joe on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    the only thing that they need is a better offensice line other then that a corner because the plays that the corners can control are short post routes and deep routes and everything else is left up the the D-line and the LineBackers

  18. By joe on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Is it too early to say 16 and 0????

  19. By dean on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    sweet!!! great schedule for next year. lets just see if we are at lambeau in december…AGAIN. ever chk out how many times in the last 15-20 yrs we are at GB late in the yr??? fricken BS. preferential treatment in scheduling? you bet…

  20. By antonio on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    we should at least get 2 mnf’s and one snf or 1 mnf and two snfs also i think that we are vs. the afc south this year

  21. By JIMMY FINK on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    i live in fl i want to go to the jacksonville game what date will the lions be in fl

  22. By Todd in Tennessee on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    I’m very excited that the Lions will be traveling down here to Nashville next year!

  23. By stormin norman on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone has had a really good game this season even a running back.Not all together in the same game but they have all been over the top at one time or another.Put it all together now,HAPPY NEW YEAR DETROIT!

  24. By Trip on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    KJ, the 49ers are the only major non conference game that is really worrisome. The Hawks won’t be hard because they are a basketball team….(Falcons are the football team in Atlanta). The Colts only question is Manning or No Manning. I think we will fare better next year when Best returns from his injury. Working on the secondary and some O line would really help our cause this offseason.

  25. By Ben on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Kind of funny, how the official site for the Lions doesn’t even know their own scenarios. Anyone can see that if Philadelphia wins, they clinch second in the NFC East and so will play Detroit next season, as they have the tiebreaker over both Dallas (head-to-head) and New York (division record). The only way the Lions will play the New-York-Dallas loser, as this article states as fact, is if Philly loses to Washington tomorrow, which is not very likely based on how those 2 teams have played lately.

  26. By matt sinka on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    i hope the lions can continue the good work and not have an scoreless season

  27. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I CANNOT WAIT!!!! GO LIONS!!!!!

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