2018 Detroit Lions Schedule
2018 PRESEASON OPPONENTS
Preseason Week 1 at Oakland Raiders (August 10, 10:30 p.m. ET)
In the 2018 NFL Preseason opener, the Detroit Lions schedule has them in Oakland to face the Raiders in the teams’ third preseason clash since 2012. The Lions and Raiders have met only seven times in the preseason, with Oakland winning the most recent matchup 27-26 in 2014. The Raiders hold the edge in the all-time preseason series with a record of 6-1-0.
Preseason Week 2 vs. New York Giants (August 17, 7 p.m. ET)
In Preseason Week 2, Detroit welcomes the New York Giants to Ford Field for the first time in the preseason since 2008. The teams have faced off against each other 15 previous times in the preseason, with the Lions holding a 10-4-1 record against the Giants. Detroit won 13-10 in the most recent meeting in 2008.
Preseason Week 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (August 24, 8 p.m. ET)
The Lions conclude their preseason road schedule in Week 3 when the team travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. The contest, which will be broadcast nationally on CBS, will mark the first time the two clubs have ever met during the preseason.
Preseason Week 4 vs. Cleveland Browns (August 30, 7 p.m.)
Detroit closes out the 2018 NFL Preseason at home against the Cleveland Browns, marking the first preseason meeting between the two teams since 2014. The Lions and Browns have squared off in the preseason more than any other Lions opponent with 46 meetings to date. Detroit leads the preseason series with a record of 25-20-1.
2018 DETROIT LIONS SCHEDULE
(*** DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ***)
Wk Gm DATE OPPONENT TV TIME (ET)
1 1 Monday, September 10 NEW YORK JETS ESPN# 7:10 p.m.
2 2 Sunday, September 16 at San Francisco 49ers FOX 4:05 p.m.
3 3 Sunday, September 23 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS NBC# 8:20 p.m.
4 4 Sunday, September 30 at Dallas Cowboys FOX 1:00 p.m.
5 5 Sunday, October 7 GREEN BAY PACKERS FOX 1:00 p.m.
6 — Sunday, October 14 *** BYE WEEK ***
7 6 Sunday, October 21 at Miami Dolphins FOX 1:00 p.m.
8 7 Sunday, October 28 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS FOX 1:00 p.m.
9 8 Sunday, November 4 at Minnesota Vikings FOX 1:00 p.m.
10 9 Sunday, November 11 at Chicago Bears FOX 1:00 p.m.
11 10 Sunday, November 18 CAROLINA PANTHERS FOX 1:00 p.m.
12 11 Thursday, November 22 CHICAGO BEARS CBS# 12:30 p.m.
13 12 Sunday, December 2 LOS ANGELES RAMS FOX 1:00 p.m.
14 13 Sunday, December 9 at Arizona Cardinals FOX 4:25 p.m.
15 14 Sunday, December 16 at Buffalo Bills FOX 1:00 p.m.
16 15 Sunday, December 23 MINNESOTA VIKINGS FOX 1:00 p.m.
17 16 Sunday, December 30 at Green Bay Packers FOX 1:00 p.m.
All times Eastern Time (ET); Home Games in BOLD CAPS; # Nationally Televised
NFL Flex Schedule for Dummies
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17.
- Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks.
- In Weeks 5-16, the NFL 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.
- A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game.
- Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 PM ET and 8:20 PM ET to be determined.
- In Week 16, two of four possible match ups will be scheduled for Saturday.
- Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 30.
- The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. 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.
2017 Detroit Lions Schedule and Results
(*** DETROIT LIONS SCHEDULE, DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ***)