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Lions get first Monday night game in a decade

Ndamukong Suh, Jay Cutler AP

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said he’d be “jacked as hell” if Detroit got to host a Monday Night Football game this season. He’s about to get jacked.

As details of the 2011 regular-season schedule are leaking out, FOX Sports Detroit reports that the Lions will host a Monday Night Football game against the Bears at Ford Field on October 10.

That’s the Lions’ first Monday Night Football Game in a decade. The last time they played on Monday night it was the third game of the Matt Millen era, in 2001, and the Rams beat them 35-0. Assuming ESPN keeps Millen on its Monday night pregame and postgame shows, he’ll be in the building for the October game against the Bears. I’m sure he’ll get a warm welcome from the fans in Detroit.

Detroit did have a Monday game last year, when damage to the Metrodome roof forced the Vikings to “host” a Monday night game in Detroit. But for Lions fans, the Bears game will be their first chance to see their own team on Monday night in just over 10 years.

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16 Responses to “Lions get first Monday night game in a decade”
  1. baous says: Apr 19, 2011 6:15 PM

    They deserve it. Should Stafford stay healthy, they’ll finish second in their division and make the playoffs.

  2. jaggedmark says: Apr 19, 2011 6:26 PM

    Megatron & Mr. Bad Ass

    League got it right!!!! Up & coming team, worthy of a MNF game this year. Gonna beat the Bears down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. fighting69th says: Apr 19, 2011 6:35 PM

    Suh is going to shine against Cutler. Go lions!

  4. stairwayto7 says: Apr 19, 2011 6:40 PM

    Real questions is wether Stafford will have another shoulder injury by then!

  5. Jeremy W says: Apr 19, 2011 6:43 PM

    If Matt Millen is stupid enough to actually make the trip out to Ford Field, they’ll have to take Presidential-level security measures to try and ensure his safety.

    If he’s still working for ESPN by then, the smartest thing for him to do would be to stay home.

  6. burnzy32 says: Apr 19, 2011 6:45 PM

    this is a MAKEUP call for screwing us vs them last year, AND us helping bail the league out for the Minnesota fiasco…….that building will be ROCKING…..Prince Amakumara next Detroit Lion!!!!

  7. clawledge says: Apr 19, 2011 6:45 PM

    They should have scheduled it earlier before Stafford gets hurt.

  8. jebdamone says: Apr 19, 2011 7:30 PM

    as a vikings fan who has watched them for 25 years, kudos to you lions, you deserve it. this team is getting better.

  9. ocdn says: Apr 19, 2011 7:36 PM

    Detroit vs. Green Bay-Thanksgiving Day
    Detroit vs. Chicago- Monday Night Football.
    Looks like a great year for us Lions fans……….Now, lets get a deal done and HAVE A SEASON!

  10. reents says: Apr 19, 2011 7:38 PM

    Somebody already made a point about this, but Matt Millen should be happy MNF is going to Detroit.

  11. beauregard says: Apr 19, 2011 7:38 PM

    I’m glad to see Detroit is starting get some recognition. They’re an upwardly mobile team who is gaining some traction. It’s good for the team, good for the city and good for the NFL.

    It’s a shame they have to lose in Denver this year though. Suh vs Dareus comparison should be fun though.

  12. beedubyatoo says: Apr 19, 2011 7:47 PM

    The Lions have to actually do something, like win more games than they lose all in one season,. before they are aclaimed NFL champs.

  13. 52sackmachine says: Apr 19, 2011 8:00 PM

    The crowd will be pumped, the team will be pumped, and the Lions will win this game. I don’t care if it’s the bears, the vikings, or my packers. The lions will be ready to play Monday Night Oct.the 10th.

  14. MichaelEdits says: Apr 20, 2011 12:49 AM

    Oh, it’s only the Bears. Detroit could win that.

  15. kingkenley says: Apr 20, 2011 9:47 AM

    I’m so excited. man I remember the last lions game on Monday night… It’s been way to long. Keep Stafford up right, make some good picks in the draft and kill the bears for cheating us last year.

  16. whitetail28 says: Apr 20, 2011 10:55 AM

    As A Packer fan Im excited to see this game and the Lions climb outta the cellar. Folks this team is FOR REAL!! If they pull off a good draft again they will be contenders!! I have a feeling the Pack Lion rivalry that will develope between these two young and coming teams with good management and quality young QBs is gonna be fun.
    If Detroit hits on another pass rusher an OT and get Prince?!?! look the f#@# out!!

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