Five Most Intriguing Games On Lions' 2020 Schedule

We got our first look at the Lions' schedule Thursday night, and immediately a few games stuck out. 

Here are five that caught our eye. 

Week 1, vs. Chicago 

The season-opener is always exciting, more so when it comes at home. And even more so when it comes against a division rival. In this case, it's a division rival that will likely be trotting out a new quarterback in Nick Foles. That might be a good news for Matt Patricia and the Lions, who've been owned the past two seasons by Mitch Trubisky. 

Week 12, vs. Houston

The last time the Texans came to town on Thanksgiving, Jim Schwartz threw an illegal challenge flag and ... well, you know the rest. The Lions will try to even the score this year against a Houston team in the midst of a puzzling offseason. D'Andre Hopkins is gone, but Deshaun Watson remains -- and that means the Texans are still a threat in the AFC. 

Week 16, vs. Tampa Bay 

The Buccaneers came to Detroit last year with Jameis Winston at quarterback and O.J. Howard at tight end. Okay, now plug in Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Suddenly Tampa Bay is a Super Bowl favorite, and they'll be visiting Ford Field with the playoffs in sight. Patricia beat his old pals in 2018. Can he deliver a Christmas gift to Detroit and get them again? 

Week 15, at Tennessee

The Titans are a popular pick in the AFC South this season. They've got a monster at running back in Derrick Henry, and a head coach in Mike Vrabel who's flourished in two seasons on the job. Vrabel interviewed for the Lions' head coaching vacancy in 2018. It went to Patricia, his linebackers coach in New England. Who will get the upper hand in 2020?

Week 4, vs. New Orleans 

Drew Brees has only made two trips to Ford Field in his Hall-of-Fame career. This could be his last. His most recent came in 2014, when a fourth-quarter pick by Glover Quin set up the Lions' game-winning drive. Those are the kind of plays it takes to beat Brees, whose Saints are poised for another run at the Super Bowl. The Lions will want this one heading into their bye.