In the event the NFL has to alter the 2020 season, it appears the league is pushing the more important matchups to the back of the schedule.
It would be an intriguing first four games for Detroit.
The Texans, the reigning division champs, just underwent an offseason makeover. The Titans are fresh off a surprising trip to the AFC Championship. The Colts are trying to squeeze one more season out of Philip Rivers. And the Jags are hoping for more Minshew Mania.
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to delay the start of the season. If the NFL has to sacrifice some games, those between the NFC and AFC would make the most sense. The potential playoff implications are much bigger between conference and division opponents.
In addition to their NFC North foes, the Lions will also face all four teams from the NFC South, plus the Redskins and Cardinals in 2020.