In addition to division foes Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota, the Lions will host the Texans, Colts, Falcons, Rams and Seahawks. Maybe it is just me but that list didn’t do much for me in terms of kickstarting my excitement level for the 2012 season. Sure, the Packers game will be a big deal and the Falcons are probably the favorites in the NFC South given the stiff penalties the Saints will face but I didn’t feel there was that “I have to go to that game” on the schedule.
That could all change when the schedule is released later today.
The list of opponents won’t change but the schedule release has the potential to kick up a few of those matchups a few notches. Another visit from Monday Night Football sends that game, regardless of the opponent, into “gotta be there” territory. The same goes for a Sunday Night Football game on NBC.
I don’t know if Lions President Tom Lewand has any advanced notice of primetime games on the Lions’s schedule but he’s got a feeling it will be quite a few:
Feels like a lot of prime time games for us when schedule comes out today. The most any team can have is 5. Any guesses?
— Tom Lewand (@tomlewand) April 17, 2012
The minimum would seemingly be two – that’s what they ended up with last year after having their game against the Saints flexed into a Sunday Night Football slot. One would have to figure they’ll be locked in for at least one at home and one on the road. The key question is whether or not they’ll get more and if they can get a second at home. Those questions will be answered in a matter of hours.
Prediction: The Lions will host a Sunday Night Football game and a Monday Night Football game and play one additional primetime game on the road.