Today, the NFL put its final touches on the primetime matchups for the rest of the season. After being name a primetime game at the start of the year, the Detroit Lions Week 14 matchup was in jeopardy of becoming a regular 1:00 PM game.
In week 14, the Lions travel to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers. The game will be nationally televised on NBC as the Sunday Night Football game. The game marks the fourth time the Lions have been featured in a nationally televised game during the 2012 season. However, in all three previous matchups the Lions have come away with losses.
In week two, the Lions traveled to California to take on the San Francisco 49ers as part of Sunday Night Football. The Lions lost the game 27-19 to the 49ers. The Lions took on the Chicago Bears during Monday Night Football in week six. The Bears won that contest with a score of 13-7. Last week, the Lions played the Houston Texans as part of their annual Thanksgiving Day game. The Texans won the 34-31 in overtime.
The rest of the 2012 season features two primetime nationally televised matchups for the Lions. In week 14, the Lions take on the Packers in a primetime Sunday night matchup. On Saturday December 22nd, the Lions take on the Atlanta Falcons at home during a nationally televised matchup on ESPN.
Last year, the Lions were featured in three nationally televised matchups. The Lions played a home Monday Night Football game in week five, a home game on Thanksgiving Day, and an away Sunday Night Football contest against the New Orleans Saints.
The 4-7 record doesn’t help the Lions NFL Playoff hopes. However, two strong performances in primetime matchups could help the Lions chances of securing key television matchups in the 2013 seasons.