Despite another last place finish in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions showed flashes in 2018 under first-year head coach Matt Patricia.
The highlight of the season was a 26-10 dismantling of the New England Patriots in Week 3, and they ended the season with a 31-0 shutout of the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. It marked the first time that the Lions have beaten Green Bay in four-straight games since 1982-83.
Patricia is excited about first-round draft pick, Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson. He said it will take time for him to build a rapport with quarterback Matthew Stafford, and he’s very impressed with his blocking ability. The Lions also replaced departing wide receiver Golden Tate with the signing of free agent Danny Amendola. New offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be charged with getting all of these new pieces to gel with Stafford, as the longtime franchise quarterback still seeks his first playoff victory.
Ford Field is one of the best places in the NFL to watch a game. While the fixed roof keeps people out of the elements, glass windows allow natural light to come in during day games. The 125 luxury suites were renovated only two years ago, and two gigantic (40 feet by 152 feet) video boards were installed in each end zone. The suites have historic photos, Lions-colored decorations and football-themed designs throughout.
The annual Thanksgiving game is always one of the highlights of the Lions’ schedule. This year, Detroit will host the defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears on Turkey Day. The Lions will also play the Bears in Chicago, along with two games against division teams Green Bay and Minnesota. The other five teams playing in Ford Field this year will be the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Non-division road contests will be held at Arizona, Philadelphia, Oakland, Washington, and Denver.