LIONS INSIDER

NFL announces preseason schedule

Posted Apr 9, 2014

The NFL's regular season schedule won't be released for another week or so, but the league has given fans a little taste of what's to come this fall with the release of its preseason schedule.

The NFL's regular season schedule won't be released for another week or so, but the league has given fans a little taste of what's to come this fall with the release of it's preseason schedule.

Specific dates and times will be released when the full season schedule is released.

The Lions will play preseason home games vs. Cleveland (Week 1) and Jacksonville (Week 3). They'll travel to Oakland (Week 2) and finish the preseason at Buffalo (Week 4).

Nate BurlesonFormer Lions WR Nate Burleson (Photo: Gavin Smith)

Cleveland coming to Detroit in Week 1 for the Great Lakes Classic will feature the return of former Lion, and fan favorite, Nate Burleson. He became a cap casualty in Detroit, but found a new home in Cleveland this offseason with their receiving corps.

It'll be the 13th-straight season Detroit and Cleveland have met in the preseason, with the Lions owning a 24-20-1 all-time record.

A Week 2 trip to Oakland means the Lions will log some significant travel miles this season. Trips to Arizona and London are also on the docket for the Lions in 2014. The 4,202 miles the Lions traveled in 2013 was the fewest among all 32 teams.

Detroit and Oakland have met six times in the preseason -- most recently in 2012 -- with Oakland holding the all-time preseason series edge, 5-1.

Detroit and Jacksonville will meet in the preseason for just the second time. The first meeting was in 1995; a game the Lions won 19-3 at the Pontiac Silverdome.

The Lions will end the preseason in Buffalo, where former head coach Jim Schwartz is their new defensive coordinator. It'll be the 34th meeting between these two teams in the preseason as Detroit leads that series 21-11-1 and has won the last five straight.

The Lions and Bills will also meet in Detroit sometime during the regular season.