Breaking down the Detroit Lions 2019 preseason schedule

The NFL recently revealed their 65-game preseason schedule for 2019. Let’s breakdown each of the Detroit Lions‘ exhibitions.

For many, the preseason is a meaningless preamble to the real story which is the start of the NFL regular season. For others, it’s an oasis in the desert following a summer drought of no football at all. But for teams like the Detroit Lions, it’s an important step in preparation for when the real games begin.

On Tuesday, the NFL released its 65-game preseason schedule for 2019 via NFL.com. And for the Lions, it’s a set of exhibitions against familiar and exciting opponents. Let’s breakdown each of Detroit’s preseason games one-by-one.

Preseason Week 1 — August 8-12

New England Patriots at Detroit Lions

What better way to kick off the new year than playing the reigning Super Bowl champions? This might be the biggest matchup of the preseason in Detroit. The Patriots and the Lions are expected to have joint practices at Allen Park this summer. So the two teams should be primed for a competitive contest, relatively speaking.

This will be a nice debut for new players like defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Justin Coleman and wide receiver Danny Amendola. All of whom are former Patriots who will be donning the Honolulu blue and Silver for the first time ever.

Preseason Week 2 – August 15-19

Detroit Lions at Houston Texans

The Lions will hit the road to head to the Lone Star State to face the Houston Texans in Week Two. The Texans finished 11-5 last season, making the playoffs but losing in the Wild Card Round to the Indianapolis Colts. A good showing against Houston would bode well for Detroit’s chances to rebound in 2019.

Preseason Week 3 – August 23

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions

This is the one contest we actually have an exact date and time for as it’s been selected to be one of the few nationally broadcasted preseason matchups on the NFL schedule. The Lions will welcome the revamped Bills to Ford Field on Friday, August 23rd at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS. The third preseason game is often the one contest that features the starters playing for the most amount of time. That works out great for Detroit fans that live outside the local viewing area.

Preseason Week 4 – August 29-30

Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns

Affectionately known as the Roster-Bubble Bowl, the fourth game of the bloated preseason is often a showcase for players on the cusp of making the 53-man roster. Starters typically don’t participate in this game. And that’s a shame as the Browns actually have one of the most intriguing storylines in the entire NFL this season. Unfortunately, don’t expect to see big-time names like wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. or quarterback Baker Mayfield in this matchup.