Detroit Lions 2021 opponents set: Here’s who they will play next season

Khari Willis #37 of the Indianapolis Colts tackles D'Andre Swift #32 of the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on November 01, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Khari Willis #37 of the Indianapolis Colts tackles D'Andre Swift #32 of the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on November 01, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions now know who they will face in 2021.

The team is still searching for a new general manager and head coach, but the Lions know who that pairing will be facing off against next season. With a loss against Minnesota on Sunday, the team will go against:

  • The NFC West: Seattle, LA Rams, Arizona, San Francisco
  • The AFC North: Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati
  • Atlanta Falcons (last place in NFC South)
  • Philadelphia (last place in NFC East)
  • Two games vs. each division rival: Green Bay, Chicago, Minnesota

If the league adds a 17th game to the schedule, the Lions would play the last place team from he AFC West -- Denver -- in 2021. The Lions finished the 2020 season with a 5-11 record.

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