• Upcoming Schedule Shapes Up As 6-10 Season For Lions

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    Rosters are far from set and teams haven’t stockpiled their 2010 draft picks yet. But a quick analysis of the Lions’ schedule, announced Tuesday, puts them at 6-10 this season.

    Sept. 12, at Chicago

    This will be the fourth consecutive season the Lions start on the road. The Lions are 24-52-4 in Chicago and have lost nine of their last 12 road games against the Bears. Loss

    Sept. 19, Philadelphia

    New Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims gets a chance to knock around his old team. The Eagles no longer have Donovan McNabb, but they believe Kevin Kolb is a better pure passer, throwing to weapons such as DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Loss

    Sept. 26, at Minnesota

    Brett Favre or no Brett Favre, defense makes the Vikings go. The Vikings have swept the Lions in seven of the last eight seasons, and the Lions haven’t won in Minnesota since 1997. Loss

    Oct. 3, at Green Bay

    The Lions have lost 18 in a row to the Packers in the state of Wisconsin. But that streak has to come to an end eventually — right? The Lions haven’t won at Lambeau Field since 1991, but playing there in October is a lot better than November or December. The Lions finally break the streak. Win

    Oct. 10, St. Louis

    The Lions threw away a golden opportunity to beat the Rams last year. The Rams haven’t improved as much as the Lions and could have a rookie quarterback still trying to find his way in the NFL. Win

    Oct. 17, at N.Y. Giants

    The Lions have won three of their last four games against the Giants in New York. Though the Giants defense was a bit down last year (13th overall), the offense is still first class (eighth), operated by an elite quarterback in Eli Manning. Loss

    Oct. 31, Washington

    By this time, Donovan McNabb will have built a pretty good rapport with his receivers. I don’t think the Redskins liked too much being the team that lost to the Lions after 19 consecutive Detroit defeats. Loss

    Nov. 7, N.Y. Jets

    The Jets had the No. 1 overall defense last season and were No. 1 against the pass. They’ve added weapons on offence (Santonio Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson) to help second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez. Those moves make them Super Bowl contenders. Loss

    Nov. 14, at Buffalo

    These teams have met only eight times. The Bills had the league’s 30th-ranked offense last year and haven’t made any major upgrades. Win

    Nov. 21, at Dallas

    The Cowboys averaged 399 yards of offense last year (No. 2 behind the Saints) and had a defense that ranked in the top 10. The Cowboys were 7-2 in their new stadium and have too many weapons for the Lions. Loss

    Nov. 25, New England

    The Lions will be hosting the Patriots for the third time in 11 years on Thanksgiving. Ironically, this game will mark the 10-year anniversary of Tom Brady’s first regular-season action in the NFL, when played in relief of Drew Bledsoe in the Patriots’ 34-9 loss at the Silverdome on Thanksgiving in 2000. He’ll have better luck this time. Loss

    Dec. 5, Chicago

    The Lions will have come a long way since Week 1 and will have a few extra days to prepare for the Bears. The Bears are just 3-4 over their last seven in Detroit. Win

    Dec. 12, Green Bay

    This is about the time the Packers will be making their playoff push. The league’s second-ranked defense last season will be in late-season form and Aaron Rodgers will want a big game to boost his MVP candidacy. Loss

    Dec. 19, at Tampa Bay

    The Lions ended their annual home-and-home divisional matchup with Buccaneers in 2001. The Bucs were just as bad as the Lions both offensively (28th) and defensively (27th) last year, but haven’t had nearly the offseason the Lions have had. Win

    Dec. 26, at Miami

    Tampa Bay and Miami in December — nice! Unfortunately, the Lions have never beaten the Dolphins in Miami (0-4). The Lions’ defense will be under the gun by a Dolphins run game that averaged nearly 140 yards last season. Quarterback Chad Henne has a new weapon in Brandon Marshall, too. Loss

    Jan. 2, Vikings

    The Lions are likely to be facing a Vikings team that has already clinched a playoff spot and will be resting key players. It’ll still be close, but the Lions should prevail. Win

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