Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ 2022 NFL schedule

The NFL released the Detroit Lions’ 2022 schedule Thursday evening. Here are some notable elements with the slate.

► Detroit has an opportunity to get off to a fast start with three of their first four games at home, and only one of those opponents having qualified for the postseason a year ago.

The Lions open the season at Ford Field against the Philadelphia Eagles, who snuck into the playoffs as the final seed in the NFC by virtue of a head-to-head, tie-breaking victory over the Saints earlier in the year.

The opener is a rematch from last season, and one the Lions would like to forget. The Eagles came to town on Halloween and dominated from start to finish, walking away with a 44-6 victory and sending the Lions into their bye week with an 0-8 record.

Following the game against the Eagles, the Lions stay home to battle the newly rebranded Washington Commanders. The game will pit the Nos. 1 and 2 picks from the 2016 draft against each other in Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, who Washington acquired in a trade this offseason.

Those back-to-back contests against NFC East foes leads to a divisional road game against Minnesota. The Vikings are entering their first season under coach Kevin O’Connell, who replaces Mike Zimmer after eight seasons. The rivals split their home-and-home series last season, with the Vikings narrowly escaping with a victory at home in Week 5 before losing to the Lions on a last-second touchdown pass in Week 13, giving the team its first win of the season.

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