The Lions' 2018 schedule features a tour of the AFC East and NFC South in Matt Patricia's first season as head coach in Detroit.
The Lions have enjoyed winning seasons in three of the last four years, and the franchise hasn't finished last in the NFC North since 2012. This season is another chance for Matthew Stafford to lead the franchise into the postseason.
Below is a breakdown of the Lions' schedule in 2018. Detroit's regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be posted after it is made available by the NFL.
Lions schedule 2018
Lions preseason schedule
|Week 1||at Oakland|
|Week 2||NY Giants|
|Week 3||at Tampa Bay|
Lions 2018 home opponents
Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, L.A. Rams, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, N.Y. Jets
Lions 2018 away opponents
Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills
Toughest tests: Get out the frequent-flier miles. Detroit has West Coast trips to Arizona and San Francisco, plus visits to Dallas and Miami. Buffalo could be a cold-weather challenge. The good news: Minnesota is Detroit's only road game against a playoff team from last season.
Biggest breaks: The Lions haven't had a losing record at home since 2012, and that should help against tough opponents such as the Patriots, Panthers, Rams and Seahawks. Detroit also has won four of its last five Thanksgiving games despite last year's loss to Minnesota.
Bottom line: Detroit will have to be better in one-score games against an improved NFC North across the board. The Lions were 3-4 in one-score games last season — albeit with one loss coming on a controversial finish in a 30-26 loss to Atlanta. This record could go either way a game or two, but it is best to start in the middle given the tough road patches. Record prediction: 8-8