Lions have the second-toughest schedule in 2013

Posted by ttwentyman on February 7, 2013 – 6:47 pm

If you thought the Detroit Lions 4-12 record in 2012 would make the schedule in 2013 a little easier – think again.

The Lions will have the second-toughest schedule in the NFL next season based on opponents’ strength of schedule in 2012.

Lions opponents next season had a combined 138-118 record (.539) in 2012. The New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams are tied with the Lions for the second spot.

The Carolina Panthers have the toughest schedule with their opponents going 138-116-2 this past season.

Here are the Lions’ 2013 opponents:

Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals


Posted in Lions Insider Tim Twentyman | 24 Comments »


24 Responses to “Lions have the second-toughest schedule in 2013”

  1. By Sagmich on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    I already saw the schedule for 2013 way before this article. This schedule will be tough if the Lions keep signing nobody’s and they do not take care of business.

  2. By Raymond on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    What difference does it make who we play16games will be on the sch every game is tough twenty man you sound like a also ran post about flag football .

  3. By alumm13 on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    Yep, another killer schedule. This is a matter of fact, based on 2012 season records, Raymond – not a Twentyman opinion piece. Guess that’s what happens to the Lions for playing in the NFC North, drawing the NFC East and the AFC North. Bucs and Cards aren’t exactly push-overs either, as we’ve seen. Sagmich and every other Lions fan who appreciates the important of this off-season are right – Lions can line up against anyone if they draft, move and prepare well.

  4. By simms on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like maybe we winn 3 games next year… at least or hopefully we will get new coaches and another top first round draft choice.. and ruin another young mans dreams of playing for a winning team.

  5. By Scott M. LeFaivre on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    i hope we play baltimore on thanksgiving

  6. By Scott M. LeFaivre on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    the scedule is tough only if we let it be.all we need to do is make a few great free agent moves and draft good to make it back to the playoffs

  7. By Jukemove on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    To be the best you’ve got to beat the best!
    Don’t think these teams want to see the Lions coming, we haven’t been an easy out for more than two years and nothing will change that next year.

  8. By Jason on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    @ Scott – We will be playing an NFC team on Thanksgiving so Baltimore cannot happen.

  9. By LionHeart on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    For everybody hating on Tim for posting this article, it’s based on the strength of schedule report that just came out. He is just making note of the fact that the Lions’ opponents have the 2nd best w/l from last season and sharing it with Lions fans.

    To all the people hating on the Lions in general, go hang out on some other team’s website. I’m sure they’d love to have you.

    Next season is going to have some great games. So many good opponents. It’ll be a true test for our team and an exciting season!

  10. By Darren Hensley on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    we will not play a afc team on thanksgiving we just played one last year it will be a nfc north team. It seams like they pick a schedule like this because they dont want us to win.

  11. By frank ribble on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    lions don’t have to play indianapolis, sanfrancisco, denver, new england, or alanta
    looks like an easy schedule to me. if mayhew has a plan, to be more active in free agency. sign and trade suh netting 2 starters and cap room, have a great draft, restructure contracts and the lions will be on the way to home field advantage in the playoffs. MUST HAVE A DEFENSE TO GO WITH THEIR OFFENSE. if the lions can stay healthy that will result in more wins.

  12. By Rick Sharp on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    Lions should talk to Jacksonville and see if they would trade their 1st and 2nd round picks for Ndamukong Suh. If they would I would then like to see the Lions trade that #2 pick down to a possible #7 and get their 2nd rd. pick also.Then trade down their #5 to the Jets at #9 for their pick and their rd 2 pick.
    Now the Lions would have in the first rd.,#7 and #9 and #2,#5,#7 and #9 in rd.2.
    6 out of the top 45 picks. Now that is what I call smart football drafting.
    Wishful thinking on my part but I would like to see them wheel and deal if there were teams willing to trade.
    Then go to free agency to fill a couple of spots.

  13. By marcus on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    People hate the lions

  14. By Bruno on Feb 9, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think the Lions will make the playoffs next year…. If they win more than 4 games, it will be a miracle…

  15. By JT on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    Overall, it appears the toughest opponents are at home. that’s a good thing. If the off season is quiet we’ll be fine.

  16. By T.Kier on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    every team has the same salary cap. a scouting dept. same amount of players on the field. if a schedule looks tough, it’s because we don’t feel we have the best players we can have. there is no secret college other teams are drafting from, or some secret free agency board.

  17. By simms on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, WE WILL GET THE NUMBER ONE PICK NEXT YEAR AND THAT IDIOT OF AN DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR WILL GET FIRED ALONG WITH THE SCWARTZY AND THE REST OF THE COACHES.

  18. By simms on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    i HOPE THE LIONS LOSE EVERYGAME, SOCK IT TO THE MOST PATHETIC FRANCHISE OF ALL TIME, GIVE FORD WHAT HE DESERVES, ANOTHER 0-16 YEAR, STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES, IN FACT I HOPE WE SELL THE TEAM TO L.A,

  19. By Don on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    To all you Losers that can only talk about Losing, please go and talk on Green bays, Chicago’s Minnesota’s, San Francisco’s, Atlanta’s New York’s Tampa Bay’s and basically all of the Teams that are on our schedule, yes go to their Sites and run those Teams down and then you would be contributing to the destruction of those Team’s and helping the Lions to have the Mental advantage over those teams (For the First time ever) And therefore helping the LIONS to Win their first ever Superbowl ! , Most of you negative people must be from one of those other teams. You have to be because most of the people in Detroit aren’t still being cry babies and still whining about schedules and complaining about the coach’s and this and that ): WHAA!, WHAA,!, WHAAAA!
    And for All you believers I am Totally with you we don’t have to worry about our players especially our Core players they Will Rally and take their leader positions and pick this TEAM back up off the ground shake themselves off and get back to winning. The Only thing we have to worry about and maybe not even that? But it is weather or not we get the men signed that we need signed and that we get the Right men that we Need to help us Get to and Win the Superbowl!
    The Schedule really doesn’t matter? We have to play who we have to play!
    We plan on being the Best? Then like one of the other writers said on here earlier .Then we have to Beat the best. And we have to defeat the not so good too!
    The Negative writer’s drive me crazy! Is that the way you make a TEAM better? Or anyone for that Matter. By telling them about their Fault’s? That’s what I mean, stop coming here pretending to be LIONS fans when your really from Green Bay or Chicago or wherever? And If you really are a LIONS Fan then you Need some help understanding how to MOTIVATE your TEAM!

  20. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    Do you know when the Lions will become perennial winners? It’s when they have the NFL’s toughest schedule and say “We can beat all these guys!” And mean it!

  21. By Jukemove on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    With such a tough schedule I wonder how many prime time games we will play in.

  22. By lee on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Lions goin’ to the Super Bowl

  23. By Logan on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    I got faith in my lions it’s going to be a good year

  24. By mckinney on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    iam glad that the so call lions fans put them down, it will be that much better for us true lions fans when they do there thing (WINS)! So you so so fans get off the bus.

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