Jim Schwartz leads a Lions franchise that hasn't won a road game since Oct. 28, 2007 (16-7, Bears). (Daniel Mears/The Detroit News)
The NFL didn't do the Lions any favors with their schedule this season.
The Lions, who won two games last season, have the 12th toughest schedule this season, with opponents compiling a 130-126 record (.508 percentage) in 2009.
But contrary to popular belief, the NFL doesn't have a grudge against the Lions.
Scheduling is prepared using a rotating formula:
So, looking at the Lions schedule:
Because Detroit had the second-worst record in the NFC at 2-14, it hosts St. Louis (1-15) and plays at Tampa Bay (3-13).
"We just show up and play whoever's on the schedule at what time they tell us to," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
He's definitely ready to get the season going.
"Now the fun begins," he said. "The only thing that matters now is how we go forward."
Mix it up
Lions intra- and inter-conference opponents the next three seasons:
|NFC North/||NFC South/||AFC West|
|NFC North/||NFC West/||AFC South|
|NFC North/||NFC East/||AFC North|
By the numbers
8: Times since 1967 the previous year's Super Bowl champion repeated
15-1: Peyton Manning's career record vs. the Texans, the Colts' opening-week opponent
111,853: Passing yards in the NFL last season, the highest in history
He said it
"We're the Miami Heat of football."
Antonio Cromartie, Jets cornerback, in the New York Daily News