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Notes: NFL preseason schedules released

The Lions will host two of the three preseason games here in Detroit.

Lions v Saints Photo by Darron R. Silva/ Getty Images

The NFL released preseason game schedules Thursday and the Detroit Lions are sticking around Detroit for two of them.

The Lions will play two games at home and one on the road in August:

Here’s the full list:

The preseason was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. Now, with this year’s move to a 17-regular season game schedule, the preseason has been whittled down to three games.

There will be five nationally-televised games:

The regular season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 9 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Cowboys. The Lions open the season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. right here in the Motor City.

Onto the rest of your notes.

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