Breaking down the Detroit Lions’ 2021 schedule
Week 13, December 5, v Minnesota, 1 p.m.
The Lions are getting a mini bye week after their game the Thursday the week before as they prepare to host the 12th and 13th Division home games with Kirk Cousins and the Vikings heading into the this week City come. We’re starting the season’s stretch run, with the calendar being rotated to December. If the Lions are looking to make some noise at NFC Nord in 2021, beating division opponents, especially at home, is a must.
Week 14, December 12, in Denver, 4:05 p.m.
For mid- and late-November games in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, there may be a small chance of snow, but the chance of snow increasing in Denver in mid-December increases. The Broncos won the last match between these two teams in Denver (27-17) in 2019. The Broncos are 8-5 ahead of Detroit. The last Lions win in Denver came in 2011 with a 45:10 win.
Week 15, December 19, v Arizona, 1 p.m.
It seems like Arizona and Detroit are in the same split as the number of times the two have faced each other in recent years. In fact, this year marks the fifth meeting in a row between the two clubs and their ninth meeting in the last 10 seasons.
The Cardinals are the last of five teams the Lions will face this season, whose defenses were in the top 10 against the pass last year.
Week 16, December 26th, in Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Another first year head coach matchup between Campbell and Arthur Smith of Atlanta. The Falcons won the last matchup in Detroit in 2017 (30-26), but the Lions defeated the Falcons in the seventh week of last week in Atlanta. Detroit has an all-time series lead of 24-13 over the Falcons.
This will be Detroit’s first look at Kyle Pitts, who was drafted 4th overall by the Falcons this off-season. Hockenson, Detroit’s Pro Bowl tight end, scored the game-winning touchdown in the final moments for Detroit in last year’s Lions win.
Week 17, January 2, in Seattle at 4:25 p.m.
For the Lions, it’s a late-season road trip on the west coast to one of the more difficult places in the league. The Seahawks defense was top 5 against the run last year, and Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense are usually one of the better units in the league.
Detroit last played in the wildcard playoffs in Seattle in 2016 and lost 26-6. The Lions have lost six of their last seven games against the Seahawks. Detroit last won in Seattle in 1999.
Week 18, January 9 against Green Bay 1pm
For the first time in NFL history, the league is playing a 17th game. It will be a very familiar opponent for the Lions as they welcome Green Bay to the regular season finale at Ford Field. Will the Lions be Alive in the NFC Playoff Race? Or will they play the role of the spoiler? In the 19 seasons since the realignment in 2002, 30 of the 32 NFL teams have won at least one division title. The Browns (1989) and Lions (1993) are the two teams without division titles since 2002.