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Lions vs. Raiders 2018 preseason: First half open thread

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Join the conversation for the preseason opener of the Lions 2018 season.

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The long, long, long, long, long wait is over. Detroit Lions football is here, and it may be exhibition, but it’s real to me, gosh dangit. We get to watch Lions football tonight, and I couldn’t care less that it doesn’t matter. Just seeing them take the field has got me all warm inside.

The Matt Patricia era is upon us, and the Oakland Raiders will be the first team to feel his wrath... but with a softer, preseason edge. The two teams butted heads at practice all week in Napa, and now it’s time to settle things on the real stage—but, again, it’s not really real.

There’s still an hour until kickoff, so to get prepped for gametime, feel free to enjoy some of our fantastic preview coverage.

And, as a reminder, here’s how to catch the game tonight:

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum—Oakland, CA
Local TV: WJBK-TV FOX 2 (non-metro Detroit Michiganders check here for local listing)
National TV: NFL Network (blacked out locally)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (free 7-day trial)
Announcers: Matt Shepard, Chris Spielman, Tori Petry
Local radio: WJR-AM NEWS TALK 760
Radio announcers: Dan Miller, Lomas Brown

Additionally, this year we’re going to be doing something a little different. We’ll still have our first and second half open threads for you to chat in, but if you’re not able to watch the game live, we’ll also have something called a “live updates” post. Throughout the entire game, we’ll be updating the post as notable things happen in the game. We’ll have highlights, injury and score updates, and anything else notable that happens. Just keep refreshing the page and you’ll continue to get up-to-date information.

Let’s have an amazing season, y’all. Lions football is back!