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The Detroit Lions 2021 Schedule Has Been Released

As the Detroit Lions get ready for the 2021 season, one massive aspect is who is this team going to play – and more so when?

Wednesday the league along with the Lions came out with their slate, as for the first time in the history of the league it’s an 18-game schedule.

The Lions are hopeful new coach Dan Campbell and the team can rebound off a poor 2020, and they even went and traded for former 1st overall pick in Jared Goff from the Los Angeles Rams, who appeared in a Super Bowl a few years back.

The team has a number of big games on their slate as they look to be one of the up and coming teams in the NFC this next season.

Wednesday the slate for 2021 came out, you can You can check out the full Bears schedule below:

Detroit Lions 2021 Schedule

Week 1: Sep. 12 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM FOX
Week 2: Sep. 20 at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN
Week 3: Sep. 26 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM CBS
Week 4: Oct. 3 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM FOX
Week 5: Oct. 10 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM FOX
Week 6: Oct. 17 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM FOX
Week 7: Oct. 24 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM FOX
Week 8: Oct. 31 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM FOX
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Nov. 14 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM FOX
Week 11: Nov. 21 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM FOX
Week 12: Nov. 25 Chicago Bears (Thanksgiving) 12:30 PM FOX
Week 13: Dec. 5 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM CBS
Week 14: Dec. 12 at Denver Broncos 4:05 PM FOX
Week 15: Dec. 19 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM FOX
Week 16: Dec. 26 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM FOX
Week 17: Jan. 2 at Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM FOX
Week 18: Jan. 9 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM FOX

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Lions Expected To Slap WR Kenny Golladay with the Franchise Tag

The Lions will have a tough decision to make this offseason about wide out Kenny Golladay, and NFL insider Jason La Canfora says he’s expecting the Lions to place the franchise tag on the 27-year-old.

Golladay in four seasons with the Lions has 21 touchdowns with 183 pass receptions for 3068 yards.

The receiver is a top 10 free agent should he hit the market, but the Lions after already moving quarterback Matthew Stafford want to keep Golladay around.

It was a tough season health wise for Golladay, as he played in just five games due to injury, making 20 catches for 338 yards and two scores.

The 27-year-old missed a majority of the season after he strained a hip flexor muscle in a November 1st loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

“I want to be here, like the city, like what’s going on,” Golladay said in December.

If the Lions do place the franchise tag on the receiver, it would cost Detroit about $16 million for the 2021 season.

Lions Set to Hire Saints Assistant Coach Dan Campbell as New HC

The Lions are set to hire their next head coach, as Saints assistant/tight ends coach Dan Campbell is set to be the team’s new voice.

Detroit had to wait for the Saints to be eliminated from the playoffs in order to hire Campbell, and that happened Sunday thanks to Tom Brady and the Bucs in a 30-20 win by Tampa over New Orleans.

The hiring of Campbell ends the two biggest hirings this offsason for the Lions, as the team already hired new GM Brad Holmes on a five-year contract last week.

Campbell’s resume includes 21 years of NFL experience, 11 on the field with four teams, and another 10 now as a coach.

He played for the Giants, 1999-2002; Dallas Cowboys, 2003-05; Detroit Lions, 2006-08 and New Orleans Saints, 2009.

Campbell does have a bit of head coaching experience, as he was the interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins back in 2015, going 5-7 over the last 12 games of the season.

Reports say that the “official” hiring of Campbell may not take place for another day or two, but a number of reports around the league from insiders say that the move is all but official now that the Saints are eliminated.

Lions to Chat with Saints Assistant/TE Coach Dan Campbell About Coaching Position

The Lions have been busy speaking to possible new head coaches since the season ended, and today they will have another interview, that being with Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell.

Campbell has been on the Lions list, but wasn’t able to speak to any team until the Saints completed their wild card round Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

The Saints assistant head coach was an interim head coach for 12 games back in 2015 for the Miami Dolphins after Joe Philbin was fired.

He went 5-7 in those 12 games. The following season he went to the Saints and has been a member of Sean Payton’s staff since then.

Could the Lions Move on From QB Stafford This Offseason?

The Lions will have a very tough decision to make this offseason when it comes to the quarterback position and the future for vet Matthew Stafford.

Stafford will cost over $21 million on the cap in 2021, and he’s got three years left on his current deal with the Lions.

Some feel it’s time for the Lions to move on to another QB, and where they get that QB is anyone’s guess, but it would likely be in the draft of via free agency.

Where does that leave Stafford?

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler penned in a recent piece that he thinks the one place that would be a great fit for Stafford is that of Indianapolis.

The Colts, a team in the hunt for a playoff spot, could move on from Philip River, who inked a one-year deal with Indy this past offseason.

Here’s a portion of what Fowler wrote and his future with the Lions.

“The Colts can choose to run it back with Rivers. But the long-term answer at quarterback might finally await them,” Fowler wrote.

“I think they signed Philip Rivers to one year for a reason — they saw it as a stopgap,” said an AFC exec of Rivers, who has passed for 4,005 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. “He can still play, but mobility is an issue. They’ve been pretty methodical and waiting for the right time to strike. This could be the time [at quarterback].”

Enter Stafford, whose trade viability has never felt more palpable after 12 years in Detroit.”

Wherever he ends up, it will be an interesting offseason for Stafford and of course, for the Lions as a whole.

Lions to Speak to Former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff About Vacancy

The Lions are moving forward looking for their next coach as well as general manager after firing Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Lions will speak to former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

As Pelissero tweeted out, Dimitroff is a two-time NFL Executive of the Year. He built the ATL team that reached the Super Bowl four years ago and was part of two championships in New England.

The 54-year-old Dimitroff is the second former GM known to be on Detroit’s interview list, along with Rick Smith.

They’ve also spoken to internal candidates as well.

Lions Cut the Cord, Fire Coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn

The Lions have seen enough, announcing on Saturday that they have fired head coach Matt Patrica as well as general manager Bob Quinn.

The club had little success under Patricia, as they struggled with two straight seasons under .500.

Sitting at 4-7 after Thursday’s Thanksgiving loss to the Houston Texans, the team is at 4-7 and it appears they are headed for a third season where the team is going to end the year under .500.

Since taking the reigns as head coach for the Lions, Patrica sat at 13-29-1. Under GM Quinn things were not much better, as his record was 31-42-1.

“It was a hard decision because they are both terrific people and worked very hard and tirelessly for this organization,” owner Sheila Ford Hamp said Saturday.

“It just clearly wasn’t working. It wasn’t what we had hoped for when we hired them, and so I don’t know if there was an exact moment.

Lions RB D’Andre Swift’s Availability for Sunday in Doubt Due to Concussion

Lions rookie running back D’Andre Swift didn’t practice Thursday due to a concussion, leaving his status for Sunday’s game against the Panthers in doubt considering the NFL’s concussion protocol rules, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

It’s not clear when Swift suffered the concussion. He was not listed on the team’s injury report Wednesday and spoke with the media for almost five minutes after practice ended Wednesday.

Swift was coming off the first start of his career last Sunday against Washington, where he rushed for 81 yards on 16 carries and caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Swift has rushed 70 times for 331 yards and four touchdowns while catching 31 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

He was asked Wednesday what he could potentially do in his second start against the Panthers.

“Keep being consistent. Keep getting better,” Swift said. “There’s a lot of stuff I can get better at, looking at the tape from last game. Just keep being consistent and keep getting better each week.”