Detroit Lions will open season at home vs. Bears; wrap it up against Vikings

Just before the Detroit Lions' 2019 Thanksgiving game at Ford Field.

With all the questions about the coronavirus and the “new normal” the NFL is set to go in September. This could change, but it’s reassuring to at least see that the NFL is in planning mode.

The League released the 2020 schedule on Thursday night with the Detroit Lions opening at home on Sept. 13 against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears.

Four of the Lions first six games are on the road — at Green Bay, at Arizona, at Jacksonville and at Atlanta. Conversely four of the final six games will be played at Ford Field.

Detroit, which finished with a 3-12-1 record in 2019, will welcome the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.

No prime time games for the Lions which is not a surprise given their 2019 finish. Although the late December games give the NFL a chance to tinker with the schedule and times so perhaps the Lions will end up with a night-time kickoff.

The regular season wraps up with what could be a big factor for the postseason — at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 3.


Sept. 13 — vs. Bears

Sept. 20 — at Green Bay

Sept. 27 — at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Oct. 4 — vs. New Orleans

Oct. 11 — Bye

Oct. 18 — at Jacksonville

Oct. 25 — at Atlanta

Nov. 1 — vs Indianapolis

Nov. 8 — at Minnesota

Nov . 15 — vs Washington

Nov. 22 — at Carolina

Nov. 26 — vs. Houston, 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 — at Chicago

Dec. 13 — vs Green Bay

Dec. 19/20 — at Tennessee, TBD

Dec. 26/27 — vs Tampa Bay TBD

Jan. 3 — vs Minnesota

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


Aug. 13-17 — at New England

Aug. 20 — vs. New York Jets

Aug. 27-30 — at Miami

Sept. 3-4 — vs Buffalo

(No times set for preseason games)


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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