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NFL schedule leaks 2024: Detroit Lions reportedly hosting Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving

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The 2024 NFL schedule release day is here.

The full 272-game slate will be released at 8 p.m. Wednesday as all 32 teams find out who they will be facing in 17 regular season matchups in the fall. Some matchups and news regarding where games will be shown have already leaked, which you can catch up on below.

Here's an FAQ with everything you need to know about the NFL's schedule release, with live updates from NFL newsbreakers and reporters below when new matchups and game times are announced. And check back on the Free Press Detroit Lions page throughout Thursday for our live updates, as more Lions leaks and confirmations come out, as well as analysis and game predictions once we have the schedule.

Report: Lions host Bears on Thanksgiving

The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune have reported that the Bears will travel to Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving. It would be the second straight season Detroit hosts an NFC North rival for the annual opening game on Turkey Day after playing the Packers in 2023.

It is the first credible report of a Lions game on the schedule this season.

The Lions went 1-1 against the Bears last season, but Chicago will have a re-tooled team led by No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams at quarterback. The Lions last played the Bears on Thanksgiving in 2021 and have lost the last three holiday matchups with Chicago with the last win coming in 2014.

Streaming Wars

The NFL has announced the two Christmas Day games will air on Netflix this season and will have at least one holiday game with the streaming service through 2026. The Christmas games fall on a Wednesday and add another streaming service to the overall package of how to watch every NFL game. NFL games will be shown on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Amazon Prime and Peacock this season as the NFL continues to incorporate streaming services into the equation.

It was not announced who would be playing in the Christmas games, which fall during Week 17 of the season. Of course, the Lions are guaranteed to have at least one holiday game as always as the host of the opening game on Thanksgiving.

It was also announced Wednesday morning that the New York Giants will be the team featured on a new offseason edition HBO's Hard Knocks. New York is coming off a disappointing 6-11 2023 campaign but added one of the top playmakers in the draft in wide receiver Malik Nabers.

—Jared Ramsey

No international games for Lions

The Detroit Lions will not have to leave the country to defend their NFC North title - the only division team that won't play internationally this fall.

The NFL announced its full International Series schedule Thursday morning. The Minnesota Vikings will host the New York Jets in London on Oct. 6, the Chicago Bears will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the London a week later, and the Jaguars will stay as the home team Oct. 20 for a game against the New England Patriots.

The Carolina Panthers also will host the New York Giants on Nov. 8 in Germany.

Previously, the league announced its first ever game in Brazil, the Green Bay Packers against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday of Week 1 of the NFL season.

The Lions have not played internationally since going to London in back-to-back years in 2014-15.

It's no surprise they were spared a trip overseas this year. The NFL previously announced the host teams for all its international games, and division matchups rarely go overseas.

Still, Lions president Rod Wood said in March, when the team announced it had secured international marketing rights in Germany, the Lions would be heading overseas again sometime soon.

"We're going to play one I would assume in the next year or two, we're kind of overdue," he said. "I think if we're in Germany when we have to give up a home game, probably being in that market would increase our opportunity to have a game there."

—Dave Birkett

NFL schedule release coming today

It may feel like the NFL season ended not too long ago, but it's already time to look ahead to the 2024-25 slate.

All 32 teams will find out their respective 17-game regular season schedule Wednesday night during the schedule release. The NFL will have its usual gauntlet of Sunday games each week, in addition to three primetime slots (Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night), international games and even games on Christmas, which falls on a Wednesday this year. But, certain games are being announced prior to the full schedule release Wednesday night.

The Detroit Lions' 17 opponents have been set since the end of the 2023 season, which includes nine home games and eight road games, but the order has yet to be announced. The Lions were a primetime darling in 2023 and expect to have more opportunity in 2024 after winning the NFC North and reaching the conference championship game last season, invigorating a large, rabid fanbase.

The NFL season begins the first Thursday after Labor Day, Sept. 5, and the first full slate of games is scheduled for Sunday the 8th. The opening game includes last year's Super Bowl winner, the Kansas City Chiefs, taking on the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC championship game rematch to kick off the NFL season.

—Jared Ramsey

When will the 2024 NFL schedule be released?

The 272-game schedule will be revealed in full officially on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NFL Network, ESPN2, NFL+, the NFL app and YouTube.

So far, a handful of Week 1 and 2 games have been announced, including the season opener in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens and the first Monday Night Football game between the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers.

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Individual game tickets will be available for purchase immediately through the NFL's partnerships with Ticketmaster and SeatGeek.

—Jared Ramsey

NFL schedule rumors and leaks

—Jared Ramsey

2024 NFL schedule changes

The NFL made some sweeping changes to scheduling in 2023, such as removing the requirement for each team to receive a primetime game, increasing Monday night doubleheaders and scheduling options, adding more Holiday-specific games and removing some ties between TV networks and specific conferences for Sunday matchups.

This year, the changes aren't as prominent, but there are a few noteworthy tweaks that will increase the amount of football during the week.

Friday night football: A night after the season opener, the NFL will be debuting a Friday night game during Week 1. The Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers will face each other in São Paulo, Brazil — the first-ever NFL game in South America ― on Friday, Sept. 6. The game will occur during the typical window reserved for high school football around the country on Friday nights in the first of five international games this season.

Christmas games: Move over, NBA. The football league is looking to take over the whole holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The NFL will feature an Xmas doubleheader this season, building on the success of last season's tripleheader on Dec. 25. Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, meaning the NFL will play games on six of the seven days of the week this season (sorry, Tuesday). In the past, the NFL usually only played games on Christmas or Christmas Eve when the holiday lined up with the schedule on the calendar.

Short-week double-ups: Teams can appear on Amazon Prime Video's TNF more than once or have short turnarounds multiple times in their schedule this season. Previously, teams could not have two "short week" games before a rule change approved by owners in March 2023.

—Jared Ramsey

Where are the 2024 NFL international games?

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The NFL has five games outside of the United States scheduled in 2024: three in England, one in Germany and one in Brazil for the first time ever. As of now, here are the five home teams that will host international games, all from the NFC since it is an even year. Game dates and opponents will be revealed during the full schedule release.

—Jared Ramsey

Who are the Detroit Lions' opponents in 2024?

The Lions face a tough schedule on paper after finishing 12-5, winning the NFC North and reaching the NFC championship game in 2023. Detroit will play a first-place schedule in addition to the six games against the improved NFC North and the cross-divisional games with the NFC West and AFC South. The crossover games are against first-place teams from the NFC East (Cowboys), NFC South (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and AFC East (Bills) next season.

The Lions have nine home games and eight road games and will keep every home game because they did not get announced as the home team of an international game. Detroit plays eight games against seven teams that made the playoffs in 2023.

Here are the Lions' opponents, both home and away:

*Indicates 2023 playoff team

Detroit Lions 2024 home opponents

Chicago, *Green Bay, Minnesota, Jacksonville, *Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Tennessee, *Buffalo, *Tampa Bay.

Detroit Lions 2024 away opponents

Chicago, *Green Bay, Minnesota, Arizona, *Houston, Indianapolis, *San Francisco, *Dallas.

—Jared Ramsey

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