Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) leads teammates onto the field prior to the start against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

How to Watch the Detroit Lions' Preseason Opener

The Detroit Lions are nearly set for their preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night and while the game has been declared a sellout, there are plenty of ways for fans to watch the action without being at Ford Field.

Once again this year, WXYZ-TV, channel 7 in Detroit, will serve as the preseason flagship television home of Lions football. Matt Shepard will be on the call with former Lions Rob Rubick and Herman Moore joining Shep in the booth. WXYZ-TV sports director Tom Leyden will once again serve as the sideline reporter.

Charlie Sanders has been a regular preseason television contributor and he’s back again this year as part of the pregame show.

Six other stations will carry the game outside of the Detroit area: WXMI-TV Fox 17 (Grand Rapids), WSYM-TV Fox 47 (Lansing), WNEM-TV CBS 5 (Flint, Saginaw, Bay City), WFQX-TV Fox 32 (Cadillac, Traverse City), WJMN-TV CBS 3 (Marquette) and WUPW-TV Fox 36 (Toledo).

In addition to the stations across the state (and Toledo) carrying the game live, NFL Network will also be bringing the game to a national audience.

If you’re out of the Detroit market and don’t have NFL Network, you still have an option. NFL Preseason Live is a subscription-based streaming service providing all 65 games online. Watch the game live or check out the archive later. In fact, this is a good option for a second viewing because the condensed option lets you watch the game in about 30 minutes. Find more details at

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