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2013 preseason matchups: NFC North

4/4/2013

If the best day of the NFL offseason is the release of the regular-season schedule, the next-best is the release of the preseason schedule. Thursday, we got part of the next-best thing. Or something like that.

Below are the preseason matchups for all four NFC North teams. We know the exact date and time of three games that are nationally televised, and the remaining details will trickle out over the coming weeks and months. We bring you this information so you can mark your calendars for scouting out the backups and backups to the backups of your favorite team:

Chicago Bears

Preseason Week 1: at Carolina Panthers

Preseason Week 2: San Diego Chargers (Aug. 15, 8 p.m. ET)

Preseason Week 3: at Oakland Raiders

Preseason Week 4: Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Preseason Week 1: New York Jets

Preseason Week 2: at Cleveland Browns

Preseason Week 3: New England Patriots

Preseason Week 4: at Buffalo Bills

Green Bay Packers

Preseason Week 1: Arizona Cardinals

Preseason Week 2: at St. Louis Rams

Preseason Week 3: Seattle Seahawks (Aug. 23, 8 p.m. ET)

Preseason Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings

Preseason Week 1: Houston Texans

Preseason Week 2: at Buffalo Bills

Preseason Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers (Aug. 25)

Preseason Week 4: Tennessee Titans

Here is a link to the full weekly preseason schedule from ESPN.com.