Detroit Lions 2013 schedule announced

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The 2013 Detroit Lions schedule has been announced. You can find the dates and TV details for the Lions' games right here.

The Detroit Lions' 2013 schedule is out. It was just made public along with the rest of the 2013 NFL schedule, and we now know that the Lions are set to open the 2013 season at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Below is a full look at the 2013 Lions schedule (all times Eastern).

Week 1 - Sept. 8 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 2 - Sept. 15 - at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m., FOX)
Week 3 - Sept. 22 - at Washington Redskins (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 4 - Sept. 29 - vs. Chicago Bears (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 5 - Oct. 6 - at Green Bay Packers (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 6 - Oct. 13 - at Cleveland Browns (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 7 - Oct. 20 - vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m., CBS)
Week 8 - Oct. 27 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 9 - BYE
Week 10 - Nov. 10 - at Chicago Bears (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 11 - Nov. 17 - at Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 12 - Nov. 24 - vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 13 - Nov. 28 - vs. Green Bay Packers (12:30 p.m., FOX)
Week 14 - Dec. 8 - at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 15 - Dec. 16 - vs. Baltimore Ravens (8:40 p.m., ESPN)
Week 16 - Dec. 22 - vs. New York Giants (4:05 p.m., FOX)
Week 17 - Dec. 29 - at Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., FOX)

The Lions' schedule for 2013 includes only two games on national TV. In addition to their annual Thanksgiving game, which will once again feature the Packers coming to town, the Lions are going to host the Ravens on Monday Night Football in December.

This is obviously way down from the five national TV games the Lions had last year, but I suppose that's what happens when you go 4-12. The Lions aren't coming off of a playoff appearance, so they aren't featured quite as much on the national TV schedule. Even so, getting a game on ESPN is still good, and there's obviously an opportunity for more games on national TV later in the season when games are flexed into the Sunday night slot.

What are your thoughts on the Lions' 2013 schedule?

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