The Detroit Lions 2023 preseason schedule has been confirmed, and here are the dates, times and the opponents.
With the release of their 2023 regular season schedule, the Detroit Lions also confirmed their three preseason opponents–the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers. But only the time and date of the preseason finale was locked in, Friday Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Lions will have joint practices with the Giants and the Jaguars before the preseason games against those teams, to break up the monotony of training camp. Head coach Dan Campbell talked about the value of those joint practices (ht/ to MLive).
"I just think you get two real good days (of practice),”“It’s a change in intensity going against another opponent. Sometimes even as intense as you try to make your own practice, just to be able to go against a different opponent just levels the stakes. Levels the intensity. You need that. Their bodies need that — the competition. Just to raise the stakes a little bit goes a long ways for your guys.”"
The Lions faced all three of their 2023 preseason opponents last season, with memorable wins over the Giants and Jaguars and an equally memorable loss to the Panthers on Christmas Eve. Two Lions assistant coaches from last year, running backs coach Duce Staley and defensive line coach Todd Wash, joined Frank Reich’s staff in Carolina. Wide receiver DJ Chark also signed with the Panthers in free agency after spending 2022 with the Lions.
The Lions will also play the Panthers in Week 5 of the regular season at Ford Field.
Detroit Lions 2023 preseason schedule: Opponents, dates and times
On Friday morning, the Lions confirmed the dates and times for their entire 2023 preseason schedule. Mark your calendars.
Week 1: vs. New York Giants, Friday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. ET
Week 2: vs. Jaguars, Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 p.m. ET
Week 3: at Carolina Panthers, Friday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. ET (airing nationally on CBS)