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Lions will host Monday Night Football for a third-straight season

Posted Apr 18, 2013

The 2013 schedule, which was released at 8 pm on Thursday night, shows the Lions will host the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football

Matthew StaffordQB Matthew Stafford (Photo: AP Images)

Monday Night Football is making it’s way back to Detroit for a third-straight season in 2013.

The Lions will host the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 16 at Ford Field.

They hosted the Atlanta Falcons last season, though the game was moved to Saturday night because of the Christmas holiday. They lost that contest 31-18.

In 2011, the Bears came to Ford Field in what was an electric atmosphere on Monday Night Football. The raucous crowd helped force nine false start penalties from the Bears and the Lions won 24-13.

Monday Night Football vs. Baltimore is the only nationally televised game the Lions will play outside of the annual Thanksgiving Day Game, though. That’s somewhat to be expected coming off a 4-12 season.

The Lions will renew their rivalry with Green Bay at 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It will be the 21st time the NFC North rivals have squared off during the holiday game. The Lions are 12-8-1 vs. the Packers all-time on Thanksgiving.

The team will open the season at Ford Field vs. the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 8. They'll finish the year on the road against that same Vikings team Dec. 29.

Four of the Lions’ first six games are on the road, which was also the case last season when they got off to a 2-4 start. The good news, though, is that they’re home for four of their final six.

One note about the Lions’ first three road opponents -- Arizona, Washington and Green Bay: the Lions haven’t won in Arizona since 1993, in Green Bay since 1991 and they’ve never defeated Washington on the road.

The only real potential for a cold-weather game is on the road at Philadelphia Dec. 8. The Lions will play in Green Bay on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. this year.

Unlike last year, when the bye week was early (Week 5), this year it falls right in the middle of the season during Week 9.

The Lions have the second-toughest schedule in the NFL based on their opponents’ 2012 win-loss record, which was 138-118.

Here’s the full regular season schedule:

Sept. 8, MINNESOTA, 1 p.m.

Sept. 15, at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Sept. 22, at Washington, 1 p.m.

Sept. 29, CHICAGO, 1 p.m.

Oct. 6, at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Oct. 13, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Oct. 20, CINCINNATI, 1 p.m.

Oct. 27, DALLAS, 1 p.m.

Nov. 3, BYE WEEK

Nov. 10, at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Nov. 17, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Nov. 24, TAMPA BAY, 1 p.m.

Nov. 28, GREEN BAY, 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 8, at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Dec. 16, BALTIMORE, 8:40 p.m.

Dec. 22, NY GIANTS, 4:05 p.m.

Dec. 29, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.