With the homes of the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers just across the street from each other, there are major logistical problems with both teams having home games on the same day.
Taking a look at the Tigers’ schedule, the we may see the Lions opening with a heavy dose of September road games when the NFL releases the regular season schedule later tonight. Last season, the Lions were on the road when the Tigers were home and were home when the Tigers were on the road.
The Tigers have Sunday afternoon home games on September 7, 14 and 28 and a Monday evening home game on September 8. The best chance for the Lions to avoid an unbalanced home-road start to their schedule would be to host a Monday Night Football game on September 15 (week 2) or 29 (week 4).
Of course, there are some advantages to a road-heavy schedule at the beginning of the season. That means a home-heavy schedule as the season winds down and increases the chances of road games at the likes of Green Bay and Minnesota being played before the weather turns cold and nasty.
The NFL will release the regular season schedules tonight at 8 PM ET.