2013 preseason matchups: NFC North

April, 4, 2013
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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.

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NFC NORTH SCOREBOARD

Thursday, 11/27
Sunday, 11/30