The Detroit Lions' schedule will finally be revealed this week during the "Schedule Release '21" special that will air on NFL Network, NFL.com and the NFL app this Wednesday, May 12, at 8 p.m.
The schedule release is often programming that fans cannot miss, due to the annual division-by-division analysis, breaking down of top matchups and the reveal of which teams will appear in all of the league's primetime games for the season.
The 2021 NFL season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 9, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting their first official opponent.
For Detroit, head coach Dan Campbell & Co. are currently in preparations for six games against divisional opponents, four games against teams from the NFC West, four games against teams in the AFC North and two games against teams from the two remaining divisions in its own conference. The Denver Broncos will be the Lions' 17th opponent this season.
This offseason, owners approved a 17-game schedule. Each team will now play an additional AFC vs. NFC game, based on division standings from the prior season and happening on a rotating divisional basis.
Teams in the AFC will be the home squad for the additional game this season.
Detroit Lions' 2021 opponents
Home: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, 49ers, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles
Away: Broncos, Bears, Packers, Vikings, Browns, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams, Falcons
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