NFL Schedule Release: The Detroit Lions’ 5 Biggest Games of 2014

The Detroit Lions' 5 Biggest Games of 2014

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The Detroit Lions have one of the most diverse and intriguing rosters in the league. Detroit’s depth chart is littered with star talent, but it also has bottom tier players as secondary and reserve units.
The keys to the Lions’ 2014 season will be staying healthy and winning at a consistent level, particularly on the road.

5. Sept. 8 vs. New York Giants (Mon)

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5. Sept. 8 vs. New York Giants (Mon)

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The Lions get the privilege of opening the season on Monday Night Football. This is a Hollywood team if there ever was one because of its star potential. A win on opening night could endear them as one of America’s favorite team to watch. If they lose, they’ll remain the same old Lions to most.

4. Sept. 21 vs. Green Bay Packers

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4. Sept. 21 vs. Green Bay Packers

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In just the third game of the season, the Lions face the NFC North’s elite team. This will be a real test for Detroit, even with home field advantage. The last few years the Lions haven’t fared well against the Green Bay Packers, but this will be an opportunity to send a message early in the season.

3. Nov. 23 at New England Patriots

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3. Nov. 23 at New England Patriots

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Whenever any team faces the New England Patriots, it is an important game. A game against New England is like a measuring stick -- you don’t have to win, but you should play them close. That is, if you are a good team.

2. Dec. 7 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2. Dec. 7 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Last season, the Lions lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite having the NFC North crown within their reach. This loss depleted Detroit’s momentum and cost them the division title. The Lions have to win “trap” games if they are to get over the playoff hump.

1. Dec. 21 at Chicago Bears

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1. Dec. 21 at Chicago Bears

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Although the Lions close the season against Green Bay, this game will probably determine if they are in playoff contention or not. The NFC North is going to be tough this year, but the team that gets into the playoff relatively healthy will be well prepared for a title run.


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