2018 Detroit Lions schedule: Patriots, Panthers, Rams at Ford Field
While we don’t know the order, Lions will face five different playoff teams, three of which at home.
They don't know who their coach will be yet, but the Detroit Lions do know who their opponents are for 2018.
The Lions have six games against five different playoff teams on their schedule for next season, including home games against the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings.
As part of the NFL's scheduling formula, the Lions play home and away against all three of their NFC North rivals next year, face the entire AFC East and NFC West, and have crossover games against the second-place teams from the NFC East (the Cowboys) and South (Panthers).
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Times and dates for games won't be announced until April, but the Lions' schedule includes several intriguing matchups.
General manager Bob Quinn — and perhaps his new coach, if he decides to part ways with Jim Caldwell — will face his old team the Patriots.
The Lions face two of the NFL's top up-and-coming quarterbacks in the Rams' Jared Goff and the San Francisco 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo.
They visit the Miami Dolphins, where old pal Ndamukong Suh was named team MVP last week.
And of course they'll face two teams that should be better next year when their stars are around for (theoretically) the entire season in the Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.
The Cowboys finished 9-7 this season even though running back Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension. The Packers went 7-9 after quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed nine games because of a broken collarbone.
Here's the Lions' entire 2018 schedule:
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers