We now know when Detroit Lions fans will flock to Ford Field thanks to tonight's NFL regular season schedule release. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule Announced

Who the Detroit Lions would play during the 2013 season has been known since the 2012 season ended. The home and away opponents break down like this:

Home games: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Road games: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals

It makes for a tough slate of games with the opponents combining for a .539 winning percentage during the 2012 season, the second highest any NFL club will face. Only the Carolina Panthers face a tougher schedule with an opponent 2012 winning percentage of .543

But with the 2013 regular season schedule released this evening, we now know exactly when the Lions will play each opponent:

Date Time Game
Sept. 8 1:00 Vikings
Sept. 15 4:05 at Cardinals
Sept. 22 1:00 at Redskins
Sept. 29 1:00 Bears
Oct. 6 1:00 at Packers
Oct. 13 1:00 at Browns
Oct. 20 1:00 Bengals
Oct. 27 1:00 Cowboys
Nov. 3 n/a Bye Week
Nov. 10 1:00 at Bears
Nov. 17 1:00 at Steelers
Nov. 24 1:00 Buccaneers
Nov. 28 12:30 Packers
Dec. 8 1:00 at Eagles
Dec. 16 8:40 Ravens
Dec. 22 4:05 Giants
Dec. 29 1:00 at Vikings

The schedule provides two marquee games: the Thanksgiving game against the Packers and the World Champion Ravens on Monday Night Football.

What do you think Lions fans, see a stretch of games that particularly bothers you or do you think the schedule makers were fair to the Lions this year?

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