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Lions Get Their 2011 Preseason Schedule

The Lions official site has the teams preseason schedule, which came out Tuesday. The question now is – will the games actually be played?

The Detroit Lions announced today their 2011 Preseason Schedule that includes the preseason opener vs. Cincinnati at Ford Field and a nationally televised home game vs. the New England Patriots on Saturday, August 27. The Lions will travel to Cleveland in Preseason Week 2 and complete the preseason at Buffalo.

In the 2011 preseason opener, Detroit hosts the Cincinnati Bengals (August 11-15). The Lions and Bengals met every year in the preseason from 1970-2001 and the rivalry was renewed in 2003, 2007 and 2008. The two teams have played a total of 35 preseason games, with the Bengals holding a slight 18-17 series edge. Detroit has won the last two preseason games the teams played. Overall, Detroit has won the last six home games that have opened their preseason (2003-04, 2006-09).

The Lions take to the road the following week (August 18-22) when they travel to face the Cleveland Browns. The Lions and Browns have faced off 41 previous times in the preseason and Detroit owns a 22-18-1 lead in the preseason series.

In Preseason Week 3, the Lions return to Ford Field for a nationally televised preseason game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m., with the game airing on CBS (subject to local blackout). It will mark the seventh time the teams have matched up in the preseason with the last occurring in 2000 at the Silverdome. The Lions lead the preseason series 4-2.

Detroit closes out the 2011 Preseason when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (September 1-2). This year marks the 30th meeting between the Lions and Bills in the preseason, and they have squared off in the preseason each year since 2002. Detroit leads the series 17-11-1, including wins the past three years.

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