The 2012 NFL schedule is out, and with it comes another wave in the NFL news cycle.
Though the season itself is far off, we now have a pretty good idea of what it will look like.
And what it looks like is the Lions have five nationally televised prime-time games this season: two on Sunday night, a Monday night, Saturday night and then of course the Thanksgiving game.
Think somebody in the league office has woken up to the Lions' star power? That's a good sign.
Like the 2011 schedule, this schedule closes a lot tougher than it opens, but there don't appear to be any stretches that are either murderous or devoid of threats. All in all, it's a pretty even schedule, with lots of opportunity for statement games.
Of course, the schedule (and the teams on it) will look very different once the games have been played (who knows what the Eagles will look like this year?).
But at least as a preliminary look, I've provided a game-by-game preview of the Detroit Lions' 2012 schedule, complete with one prediction per game. Not a score prediction, mind you. As I always say, any season predictions made before (or even during) training camp are meaningless. How do you predict the team's success before you even know who's on it?
Instead, I will make a random stat projection for each game. These will likely affect the game, but they aren't a final score projection—just something to look for.