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Lions release 2020 schedule, opening against Bears and hosting Texans on Thanksgiving

Lions release 2020 schedule, opening against Bears and hosting Texans on Thanksgiving
Posted at 5:27 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 05:27:36-04
DETROIT (WXYZ) —

The Lions will open the 2020 season at Ford Field against the Bears on Sep. 13, and close it out at home against the Vikings.

The Houston Texans are heading to Detroit for Thanksgiving for Detroit's only nationally televised game scheduled for the 2020 season. The Lions have no primetime games on their schedule.

Tom Brady's Buccaneers are scheduled to play in Detroit in Week 16.

The Lions bye week comes in Week 5.

Full 2020 regular season schedule:

Week 1 - Sep. 13: vs. Bears
Week 2 - Sep. 20: at Packers
Week 3 - Sep. 27: at Cardinals
Week 4 - Oct. 4: vs. Saints
Week 5: BYE
Week 6 - Oct. 18: at Jaguars
Week 7 - Oct. 25: at Falcons
Week 8 - Nov. 1: vs. Colts
Week 9 - Nov. 8: at Vikings
Week 10 - Nov. 15: vs. Redskins
Week 11 - Nov. 22: at Panthers
Week 12 - Nov. 26: vs. Texans - Thanksgiving
Week 13 - Dec. 6: at Bears
Week 14 - Dec. 13: vs. Packers
Week 15 - Dec. 19/20: at Titans
Week 16 - Dec. 26/27: vs. Buccaneers
Week 17 - Jan. 3: vs. Vikings

The Lions are scheduled to open the preseason in New England.

Full preseason slate:

Preseason week 1: at Patriots
Preseason week 2: vs. Jets
Preseason week 3: at Dolphins
Preseason week 4: vs. Bills

25 teams are scheduled to play on Monday Night Football in the 2020 season. The Lions are one of seven teams not in the Monday Night mix. It's the first time since 2010 the Lions don't have a MNF date.