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Scotty D
01-16-2008, 08:00 AM
I know a lot can change during one off-season and injuries can shut a team down, but I found this article to be interesting.

http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2008/01/a_look_at_detroits_08_opponent.html

The Lions will have the league's ninth-toughest schedule, while the New England Patriots will have the NFL's easiest, according to opponents' winning percentages -- Lions (.543), Patriots (.387)

HOME
Chicago (7-9)
Green Bay (13-3)
Jacksonville (11-5)
Minnesota (8-8)
New Orleans (7-9)
Tampa Bay (9-7)
Tennessee (10-6)
Washington (9-7)

AWAY
Atlanta (4-12)
Carolina (7-9)
Chicago (7-9)
Green Bay (13-3)
Houston (8-8)
Indianapolis (13-3)
Minnesota (8-8)
San Francisco (5-11)

The Lions will face seven opponents that reached the playoffs in 2007.

The Lions will play 10 games against teams that finished 8-8 or better in 2007

The Lions have games against all four teams from the NFL's toughest division, the AFC South, with home games against the Tennessee Titans (10-6) and Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5) and road games against the Carolina Panthers (7-9) and Colts (13-3).

wingboy2999
01-16-2008, 11:18 AM
WTF? NE has the easiest schedule?

Xiomera
01-16-2008, 12:51 PM
WTF? NE has the easiest schedule?

They play in the worst division.

The Lions play in one of the best.

Cool.

TimD
01-16-2008, 01:26 PM
Um this all helps that whole The NFL Wants New England To Win theory. I mean that's complete BS

Xiomera
01-16-2008, 01:55 PM
Um this all helps that whole The NFL Wants New England To Win theory. I mean that's complete BS

The NFL didn't adjust the method of determining the schedule though. It has long been the same.

-Two games against each division opponant
-One game against each team in an entire division of your conference
-One game against each team in an entire division of the other conference
-Two games against the team that finished in the same slot from both of the two divisions in your conference that you don't already play

The Pats are just in the worst division in the league.

P-L
01-16-2008, 02:12 PM
Um this all helps that whole The NFL Wants New England To Win theory. I mean that's complete BS
The schedule was determined a few years in advance.

Brodeur
01-16-2008, 03:36 PM
Carolina's in the AFC South?

detroit4life
01-16-2008, 04:06 PM
we had a bad looking schedule last year too and were saying we were in big trouble. it doesnt look good for us but i wouldnt make a huge deal out of it right now

Addict
01-16-2008, 04:29 PM
WTF? NE has the easiest schedule?

well they face the dolphins, jets and bills TWICE... so it's like a self-fulfilling prophecy in a way.

JPLUFF
01-18-2008, 09:44 PM
Well...the NFC South sucks ass, and who knows, we might play Tennessee or a Jacksonville with injury problems or something. I dunno...I don't think it looks all that bad.

Lionsfan93
01-18-2008, 11:08 PM
well hopefully we can get more than 7 wins

WMD
01-19-2008, 05:34 AM
4-12, here we come!

Xiomera
01-19-2008, 09:46 AM
4-12, here we come!

0-20, here we come! (I included preseason) http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif

Maybe Next Year Millen2
01-20-2008, 12:18 PM
The key to the schedule is who we play at home and who we play on the road. We all know the Lions are a terrible road team so its better when we play worse teams on the road which gives us a shot to win a road game.

1)To win in this league you have to win division games. We went 3-3 this year. We have to match that next year. Its the only way to win in this league. We have to get our defense in somewhat order this offseason or rely on forcing turnovers at home like we did against Minni,Chicago and at Chicago.

2) NFC South, NO and Tampa at home. Clearly the two best teams in the South. Getting them at home this year is nice. Atlanta(really struggling team) on the road and Carolina who struggled at home this years gives us a good shot against key conference games. These games are more important than the AFC South

3) AFC South. Toughest division in football IMO. At Indy is a sure loss but but Jax and Ten at home gives us a chance. Ten and Jax, one of those games will be the Thanksgiving game by the way. Its a CBS year. At Houston is another tough one because I think they are really turning things around especially with Shaub and Mario Williams.

4) At San Fran. I like this because I still think they are the worst team in the division. Plus we get to face Martz and San Fran really have no receivers so far.

5) Washington at home. Better than at Washington which we saw what happened this year. New coach for them and Campbell still hasn't made the jump.

Xiomera
01-20-2008, 01:00 PM
Tennessee vs. Detroit would seem to be the thanksgiving game this year if the pattern holds true.

The NFL will wanna showcase Vince Young.

wingboy2999
01-20-2008, 01:43 PM
I'd rather go against VY then the Jags, especially on Thanksgiving.