Allen Park, Mich.—The Detroit Lions announced today their 2013 Preseason Schedule that includes home games for the preseason opener against the New York Jets in Week 1 and the New England Patriots in Week 3 at Ford Field. The Lions will travel to Cleveland to face the Browns in Week 2 and wrap up the Preseason with a road contest at Buffalo in Week 4.
Additional dates and times for Lions preseason home games will be announced at a later time.
2013 PRESEASON OPPONENTS
Preseason Week 1
In the 2013 preseason opener, Detroit hosts the New York Jets at Ford Field. The Lions and Jets have played only four times in the preseason, with the series record tied at 2-2. The last time both teams met in the preseason was in 2005 with the Jets prevailing 10-3.
Preseason Week 2
In Preseason Week 2, Detroit travels to Cleveland to take on the Browns for the 45th time in the preseason, marking the 11th straight season they have battled in the preseason. The Lions own a 24-18-1 record in the preseason series and the teams are even at 5-5 in the series since 2002. The Lions’ 44 preseason games against the Browns are the most against any other NFL club since 1949.
Preseason Week 3
In Preseason Week 3, the Lions host the New England Patriots at Ford Field. The Lions and Patriots have faced off seven times in the preseason, with Detroit holding a 5-2 record in the series. The last time both teams met in the preseason was in 2011 when the Lions defeated the Patriots 34-10.
Preseason Week 4
Detroit closes out the 2013 Preseason with a road contest against the Buffalo Bills. This year marks the 33rd meeting between the Lions and Bills in the preseason, and they have squared off in the preseason finale each year since 2002. Detroit leads the series 20-11-1, including wins the past four years and a 38-32 win in 2012.
2013 LIONS SEASON TICKETS
Season tickets for 2013 are now on sale
- 2013 Detroit Lions season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 313.262.2013 or visiting the team’s website, Detroitlions.com.
2013 LIONS REGULAR SEASON HOME OPPONENTS
- Along with home games against their traditional NFC North Division rivals (Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings) the Lions 2013 home schedule includes the following NFC opponents: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. AFC opponents visiting Ford Field in 2013 are the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.