Detroit Lions Schedule 2021

This season marks the first 17-game schedule in NFL history.

The League’s new three-game preseason schedule features the Lions hosting the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, a road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 and a home contest against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.

(*** DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ***) All times Eastern Time (ET);

WEEKDATEOPPONENTTVTIME (ET)
1Sunday, September 12vs. San Francisco 49ersFOX1:00 p.m.
2Monday, September 20at Green Bay PackersESPN8:15 p.m.
3Sunday, September 26vs. Baltimore RavensCBS1:00 p.m.
4Sunday, October 3at Chicago BearsFOX1:00 p.m.
5Sunday, October 10at Minnesota VikingsFOX1:00 p.m.
6Sunday, October 17vs. Cincinnati BengalsFOX1:00 p.m.
7Sunday, October 24at Los Angeles RamsFOX4:05 p.m.
8Sunday, October 31vs. Philadelphia EaglesFOX1:00 p.m.
9BYE WEEK
10Sunday, November 14at Pittsburgh SteelersFOX1:00 p.m.
11Sunday, November 21at Cleveland BrownsFOX1:00 p.m.
12Thursday, November 25vs. Chicago BearsFOX12:30 p.m.
13Sunday, December 5vs. Minnesota VikingsCBS1:00 p.m.
14Sunday, December 12at Denver BroncosFOX4:05 p.m.
15Sunday, December 19vs. Arizona CardinalsFOX1:00 p.m.
16Sunday, December 26at Atlanta FalconsFOX1:00 p.m.
17Sunday, January 2at Seattle SeahawksFOX4:25 p.m.
18Sunday, January 9vs. Green Bay PackersFOX1:00 p.m.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-18. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-17, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.

For Week 18, two Saturday games and the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 9. The schedule does not list Saturday games or a Sunday night game in Week 18, but games with playoff implications will be moved to those time slots. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.

NFL ENHANCED SEASON STRUCTURE

Under the scheduling formula below, every team plays 17 regular-season games with one bye week. Clubs will host 10 games overall – either nine regular-season games and one preseason game or eight regular-season games and two preseason games.

  • Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).
  • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).
  • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).
  • Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
  • One interconference game based on the prior year’s standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are matched in the same way each year. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.

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