Lions preseason schedule announced

Published Apr. 4, 2012 3:51 p.m. ET

The Detroit Lions will make a nationally televised prime-time appearance on the FOX network on August 17 in a preseason game in Baltimore against the Ravens.

It's the first time since the 1991-93 seasons that the Lions will play in consecutive  years on national TV during the preseason. CBS televised their 34-10 blowout of New England at Ford Field last August.

The Lions announced their preseason schedule Wednesday, although some of the exact dates are yet to be determined.

The opener at home against Cleveland will be played between August 9-13. After taking on the Ravens, the Lions head out West to face the Oakland Raiders (August 23-26) in the third week, which is widely considered the most important preseason game because it's somewhat of a dress rehearsal for the regular season with the starters generally taking considerably more snaps.

The Lions will then finish the preseason against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on August 29 or 30.

The NFL's complete regular-season schedule has not been released yet. The first Sunday of the season is September 9.

The Lions' training camp is expected to open between July 26-30, two weeks before the preseason opener.