May 12, 2023 - Sports

Detroit Lions facing Super Bowl champs to open NFL season

Lions fans at the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City.

Lions fans at last month's NFL Draft in Kansas City. Photo: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Lions' preseason buzz keeps getting louder.

Driving the news: Detroit is traveling to Kansas City for the NFL's opening Thursday night game on Sept. 7 against the defending Super Bowl champs, the league announced yesterday.

Why it matters: It's the Lions' first opening-night game since the league started Thursday night season kickoffs in 2002, the Free Press reports.

  • The spotlight gives Detroit a chance to show the league it's ready to compete with the best teams.

Catch up quick: Momentum has been steadily building over the past year, peaking with a season-finale win over Green Bay that gave Detroit a winning record for the first time since 2017.

What they're saying: "We’re kicking things off!" the team celebrated on Twitter.

Reality check: It's hard to imagine a tougher environment to play in to start the season. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is practically unstoppable and Kansas City fans will be unhinged for the team's first title-defense game.

Of note: The full schedule includes at least four other high-profile matchups: Thursday games against Green Bay on Sept. 28 and Thanksgiving; Monday night hosting Las Vegas on Oct. 30 and Saturday night at Dallas on Dec. 30.

🔮 The intrigue: As any gambler will tell you, Vegas always knows best.

  • The Lions currently have the eighth-best championship odds for next season at 19 to 1, meaning you would win $19 for every dollar wagered.
  • Kansas City is the favorite at 6 to 1.

What we're watching: The front office raised eyebrows with a somewhat puzzling set of draft picks last month, who will have an early chance to prove themselves to fans.


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