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Detroit Lions’ first 2 preseason games will be nationally televised

NFL Network will carry the first two preseason games of the Dan Campbell era.

NFL: AUG 23 Preseason - Bills at Lions Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If you’re an out-of-state Detroit Lions fan eager to see the beginning of the Dan Campbell era, you may be bummed preseason games are typically only regionally televised. But worry no longer. On Monday, the NFL announced that NFL Network will carry 23 preseason games live on their network, and the Lions will be included in two of those games.

On Friday, August 13, the Lions’ preseason debut against the Buffalo Bills will be nationally televised to kick off a double header on NFL Network (Cowboys vs. Cardinals at 10 p.m. ET). The following week, NFL Network will carry Detroit’s one away preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Of course, those games will still be carried locally by FOX 2 Detroit and on the radio with their new partners 97.1 The Ticket. If you’re in the local market, the game will likely be blacked out on NFL Network, so you’ll have to tune into FOX 2.

So here’s a look at the Lions’ updated preseason schedule:

Week 1 vs. Bills — Friday, August 13— 7 p.m. ET (NFL Network, FOX 2 Detroit)
Week 2 at Steelers — Saturday, August 21 — 7:30 p.m. ET (NFL Network, FOX 2 Detroit)
Week 3 vs. Colts — Friday, August 27 — 7 p.m. ET (FOX 2 Detroit)

For a full list of preseason games NFL Network will carry, check out the press release here.