Detroit Lions will not play an overseas game during the 2022 season

Detroit Lions (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The NFL has announced international games for the 2022 season, and the Detroit Lions were left out.

On Wednesday the NFL announced the international games portion of the 2022 regular season schedule. The Detroit Lions are not among the 10 teams who will play overseas this year.

Detroit has not played overseas since 2015, when they were beaten 45-10 by the Kansas City Chiefs in London’s Wembley Stadium. At one point it appeared likely the Lions would get an international game this year, but when the “home” teams were announced the chances diminished a lot. With a ninth home game coming their way again in 2024, that might be the year the Lions finally go overseas again.

The 2022 international schedule has a serious NFC tilt, with only two AFC teams (Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars) on the slate–in the same game Oct. 30. Two of the Lions’ NFC North brethren, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, will travel to London. The Vikings will play the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 2 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the Packers will “host” the New York Giants on Oct. 9, also at Tottenham Hotspur.

Detroit Lions and NFL 2022 schedule release coming March 12

The full 2022 NFL regular season schedule will be revealed on Thursday, May 12 with dates and times, as the league makes a television event out it to feed our appetites for football.

The Lions know their home and road opponents already, and have known them for awhile. But this time next week, we’ll know when the games are. For a refresher, here are Detroit’s 2022 opponents.

Home (9): Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks

Road (8): Vikings, Packers, Bears, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers

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