ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions schedule was revealed Thursday night. Here are some quick, initial thoughts on the slate.
– For the second straight year, Rod Wood wanted something out of the scheduler. And for the second straight year, he got it. Wood asked for better home-road balance early in the 2017 schedule, and wound up getting one of the most balanced schedules you’ll ever see. They open at home for the first time since 2014, and get two of their first three at Ford Field. They also don’t play back-to-back road games until beginning December in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, and get the Packers at home again to finish the season.
– Wood’s push wasn’t about selling tickets or anything like that. The Lions have spent a lot of time on the road to open the last couple seasons, and that’s tough on a team that frankly just isn’t very good away from home. They’re 10-14 on the road under Jim Caldwell, but 17-7 at Ford Field. So, yeah, getting those home games is a huge step toward avoiding the kind of slow start that has plagued the team in the past.
– While the schedule offers balance, it also features some tricky challenges, and none more so than those back-to-back prime-time games in …
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