On Thursday the Lions announced their preseason opponents for the four-game slate during August and early September. That particular array constitutes the shot in the arm to prepare fans for the actual football schedule starting in September; an exercise in working hype into a fever pitch. The Lions will play the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills are a return opponent in the preseason, as Detroit will now play Buffalo for the 36th time; the two franchises have met every preseason since 2002. The Lions will play the Bengals and Bills at Ford Field in Preseason Weeks 2 and 4, respectively. The road slate constitutes Weeks 1 and 3, where the Lions will travel to Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
No Lions preseason games are expected to make a national broadcast. Check here for the full NFL preseason schedule.
The full Lions schedule is as follows: