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Detroit Lions Schedule: 5 Games That Will Define Their 2014 Season

Detroit Lions 2014 Schedule: 5 Games That Will Define Their Season

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The Detroit Lions have one of the best offenses in the NFL, but their defense still has major flaws. That being said, the Lions will have their fair share of shootouts during the 2014 season. Detroit's schedule in 2014 will be tough as they are playing the AFC East and the NFC South, which are two tough divisions. These five games will define the Lions' 2014 season.

5. Week 12 At New England Patriots

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5. Week 12 At New England Patriots

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A road trip to New England is never an easy task for any team, especially since the Pats went 8-0 at home last season. With the combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Patriots rarely lose at Foxboro Stadium. Detroit won't likely win this game, but if they can keep the game close late, they will gain some much-needed confidence heading down the stretch.

4. Week 5 vs. Buffalo

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4. Week 5 vs. Buffalo

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Playing against a very underrated Bills team at home will be much tougher than people really expect. The Lions will be facing their former head coach in Jim Schwartz, who is now Buffalo's defensive coordinator. If the Lions put up a stinker vs. Schwartz and the Bills, a lower-tier team in the AFC East, the season could go downhill really fast.

3. Week 1 vs. New York Giants

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3. Week 1 vs. New York Giants

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The New York Giants and Detroit Lions played an overtime thriller a year ago with the Lions losing any hopes for the playoffs after a 23-20 defeat. These teams meet in the first MNF game of the year, and it's at home in Detroit. Matthew Stafford and Detroit have the perfect opportunity in front of a national audience to get some revenge against Eli Manning and the Giants.

2. Week 16 At Chicago

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2. Week 16 At Chicago

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The second of three consecutive division games to finish the regular season, Detroit travels to Chicago to take on the Bears and their explosive offense in Week 16. Detroit has already proven that they can go into Soldier Field and steal a game, which they did 21-19 last season. This matchup to focus on would be Chicago's improving offensive line against Detroit's defensive line, but that's still a long ways away.

1. Week 17 At Green Bay

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1. Week 17 At Green Bay

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Detroit's last win at Lambeau Field came in the 1991 season, and the Lions will finish their 2014 regular season by traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers. The Lions are better equipped to hang with the Packers, especially on offense, but if the defense doesn't show a significant step forward, this will be another regular season finale shootout just like it was at the end of the 2011 regular season.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. He also adds to the site’s NBANCAA Football, Fantasy and NFL content. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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