Lions get their wish with two of first three at home

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The Lions asked the NFL for more early home games, and the NFL delivered.

Detroit’s 2017 schedule includes games at home in Week One and Week Three. That follows two consecutive years in which the Lions played three of their first four on the road, something Lions President Rod Wood told the league he’d like to avoid.

So this year the Lions will open at home against the Cardinals, then travel to face the Giants on Monday night in Week Two before returning home to take on the Falcons in Week Three.

Of course, as we pointed out after Wood made his request, the Lions can’t have it both ways: Detroit plays at home every Thanksgiving and prefers to play at home the week before Thanksgiving as well, so they won’t have to travel during a short work week. In five of the last six seasons the NFL has accommodated the Lions by letting them play at home on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

But this year, the Lions are at Chicago on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then will host the Vikings on Thanksgiving. Traveling on a short work week will be the price of getting two early home games.

4 responses to “Lions get their wish with two of first three at home

  1. There has been a lot of talk about Thursday games, and the short weeks. Maybe teams that play at home on Thursday games (not just Thanksgiving) should play on the road the week before and road Thursday teams should play at home the week before. I would be all for getting rid of Thursday game outside of Thanksgiving, but evening the playing field would be a good idea.

  2. A flight from Chicago to Detroit is like an hour and fifteen mins. Heck by car it is maybe a little bit more than four hours. Not that big of travel as say to the west coast.

  3. Kingmj4891 says:
    Apr 20, 2017 8:18 PM

    A flight from Chicago to Detroit is like an hour and fifteen mins. Heck by car it is maybe a little bit more than four hours.
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    I’ve done it in three … but we forgot about the time change and a buddy had to be at work.

    The travel time will be short. The big question, as always, is what Chicago’s weather will be like just before Thanksgiving. Trying to predict that is harder than predicting next year’s Super Bowl winner.

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