Found April 17, 2012 on It's Always Sunny in Detroit:

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The 2012 NFL schedule was released Tuesday at 7:00PM. The news surrounding the release was a bit absurd (ESPN had a three-hour special on it), but as expected everyone wants to see how many wins they can foreshadow their favorite team getting.

Here is the Lions preseason and regular season. They will have one primetime preseason games and four regular season primetime tilts.  But, only one will be at home.  That’s the price to pay for hosting a Thanksgiving Day game.  Either way, six nationally televised games is pretty incredible.

The composite schedule can be found here.  And as we promised, notice the W or L next to the game.  That’s our extremely way too early shot in the dark for a prediction.  Leave a comment with what you project their record to be.

Friday, August 10 – CLEVELAND BROWNS – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 17 – at Baltimore Ravens – 8 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, August 25 – at Oakland Raiders – 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 30 – BUFFALO BILLS – 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 9 – ST. LOUIS – 1 p.m.                                            W
Sunday, September 16 – at San Fransisco – 8:20 p.m. (NBC)            L
Sunday, September 23 – at Tennessee – 1 p.m.                                   W
Sunday, September 30 – MINNESOTA – 1 p.m.                                     W
Oct. 7 – BYE WEEK
Sunday, October 14 – at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.                                         L
Monday, October 22 – at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)                           W
Sunday, October 28 – SEATTLE, 1 p.m.                                                  W
Sunday, November 4 – at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.                                      W
Sunday, November 11 – at Minnesota, 1 p.m.                                      W
Sunday, November 18 – GREEN BAY, 1 p.m.                                       W
Thursday, November 22 – HOUSTON, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)                  W
Sunday, December 2 – INDIANAPOLIS, 1 p.m.                                    W
Sunday, December 9 – at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)                       L
Sunday, December 16 – at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.                                      W
Saturday, December 22 – ATLANTA, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)                     W
Sunday, December 30 – CHICAGO, 1 p.m.                                          W

Final tally: 13-3

Barring major injuries (crossing fingers), I see 12-4 at the worst.  The Lions are definitely on their way up and I expect a two or three game improvement on last season’s 10-6 regular season record.  First place in the NFC North and the two-seed in the NFC (behind a 13-3 San Francisco team who holds the tiebreaker because of their week two win).


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