Detroit Lions’ 2018 schedule released

Open at home vs. New York Jets

Perhaps as a nod to new coach Matt Patricia, the Lions will play three nationally televised games in the 2018 season. The NFL released the entire schedule on Thursday night.

The Lions open on Monday night, Sept. 10, against the Jets at Ford Field. In coach Jim Caldwell’s first season, the Lions also opened at home on Monday night.

Patricia will face his former team, the Patriots, on Sept. 23 in a Sunday night game.

And, of course, Detroit will host the annual Thanksgiving Day game — this year against the Bears.

Three of Detroit’s first five games will be played at Ford Field while three of their final four games will be on the road, including the season finale at Green Bay.

In 2017, the Lions wrapped up the season against the Packers at Ford Field.

The final two games of the season including a home tilt against the Vikings on Dec. 23 could play a role in determining the NFC North division.

(All games at 1 p.m. unless otherwise stated)

Sept. 10 — vs. New York Jets (7:10 p.m., Monday)

Sept. 16 — at 49ers, 4:05 p.m.

Sept.23 — vs. New England Patriots (8:20 p.m., Sunday)

Sept. 30 — at Dallas Cowboys,

Oct. 7 — vs. Green Bay Packers

Oct. 14 — BYE WEEK

Oct. 21 — at Dolphins

Oct. 28 — vs. Seattle Seahawks

Nov. 4 — at Minnesota Vikings

Nov.11 — at Chicago Bears

Nov. 18 — vs. Carolina Panthers

Nov. 22 — vs. Chicago Bears (12:30 p.m., Thanksgiving)

Dec. 2 — vs. Los Angeles Rams

Dec. 9 — at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.

Dec. 16 — at Buffalo Bills

Dec. 23 — vs. Minnesota Vikings

Dec. 30 — at Green Bay Packers

Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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