The Detroit Lions have a new head coach and a lot of new faces. Is the club ready to get back in the playoffs after a near-miss in 2017?
There’s a new man in charge in the Motor City. Despite four respectable seasons under head coach Jim Caldwell, the Detroit Lions opted for a change at the top. General manager Bob Quinn brought in a familiar face in former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. The connection goes back to the duo’s day in Foxborough.
The new sideline leader inherits a 9-7 football team that just missed out on making a second consecutive playoff appearance. The Lions were extremely busy this offseason adding new pieces. But will they pay off under the guidance of their new head coach?
Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Here is how the Detroit Lions’ complete schedule, week-by-week, lays out:
Week 1: vs. Jets – 7:10 p.m. ET (Monday)
Week 2: at 49ers – 4:05 p.m. ET
Week 3: vs. Patriots – 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 4: at Cowboys – 1 p.m. ET
Week 5: vs. Packers – 1 p.m. ET
Week 7: at Dolphins – 1 p.m. ET
Week 8: vs. Seahawks – 1 p.m. ET
Week 9: at Vikings – 1 p.m. ET
Week 10: at Bears – 1 p.m. ET
Week 11: vs. Panthers – 1 p.m. ET
Week 12: vs. Bears – 12:30 p.m. ET (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: vs. Rams – 1 p.m. ET
Week 14: at Cardinals – 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 15: at Bills – 1 p.m. ET
Week 16: vs. Vikings – 1 p.m. ET
Week 17: at Packers – 1 p.m. ET
Among the bigger names that Quinn added this offseason were running back LeGarrette Blount, outside linebacker Devon Kennard and tight end Luke Willson. On the other hand, familiar faces such as linebacker Tahir Whitehead and tight end Eric Ebron are now elsewhere.
Meanwhile, it should be quite the reunion of sorts when the Lions host the Patriots this year. Will the pupil have some surprised in store for teacher Bill Belichick.