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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Partial NFC North preseason schedule

By Kevin Seifert

I can only assume you've been waiting all day for the partial announcement of the NFL's preseason schedule. We have specific dates for nationally televised games and approximations for the rest, as you'll see below. Congratulations to the backups of the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, all of whom will get an opportunity to scrimmage on national television this summer.

Chicago Bears
Week 1: Denver Broncos at Soldier Field
Week 2: Washington Redskins at Soldier Field
Week 3: at New York Giants (Aug. 24 on CBS)
Week 4: at Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions
Week 1: Cleveland Browns at Ford Field
Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens (Aug. 17 on FOX)
Week 3: at Oakland Raiders
Week 4: Buffalo Bills at Ford Field

Green Bay Packers
Week 1:
at San Diego Chargers (Aug. 9 on ESPN)
Week 2: Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field
Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field

Minnesota Vikings
Week 1:
at San Francisco 49ers|
Week 2: Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome
Week 3: San Diego Chargers at the Metrodome
Week 4: at Houston Texans