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NFL Announces The Release Of The 2012 Schedule

The Detroit Lions schedule will be announced on Tuesday at 7 p.m. along with the rest of the NFL.

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 14:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the preseason game on August 14 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 14: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the preseason game on August 14 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The NFL announced that the 2012 NFL schedule will be released on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.

The season will kick off with a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants on Sept. 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST. Via the NFL's release:

Though the league has traditionally opened its season on Thursdays, the 2012 opener will be played on a Wednesday so as not to conflict with President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

The Lions will open the preseason in Detroit against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 (Aug. 9-13), before a nationally-televised game on Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Lions will also play the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders in the preseason.

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