(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The Detroit Lions have announced their 2015 schedule, but G Rodney Austin will not be part of the team. Austin, who appeared in two games during his three seasons in Detroit, was let go by the team yesterday, ahead of the schedule announcement.
The 2015 schedule includes a franchise-record six nationally televised games and four games in prime time.
Detroit will open the season on the road against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1 on September 13, and begin the team’s slate of home games with a Week 3 matchup vs the Denver Broncos on September 27, as part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Detroit travels to Seattle in Week 4 and New Orleans in Week 15 to face the Seahawks and Saints, respectively, on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, marking the fifth-consecutive season the Lions will play on Monday Night.
With games on SNF and MNF in Weeks 3 and 4, the Lions will play consecutive prime time games for the first time since 1990.
In Week 13, Detroit hosts the Green Bay Packers on CBS’s Thursday Night Football on December 3. The game also simulcasts on NFL Network.
The schedule also features the Lions’ 76th Thanksgiving Day Classic Thursday, November 26 at 12:30 pm vs the Philadelphia Eagles on FOX. This year’s game marks only the second all-time meeting between the Lions and Eagles on Thanksgiving since they first met in 1968.
Detroit is 35-38-2 all-time on Thanksgiving Day, and Detroit has claimed wins on Thanksgiving in each of the past two seasons.
In Week 8, the Lions play the Kansas City Chiefs at Wembley Stadium in London, England, as part of the NFL’s International Series. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 am on November 1, with the game airing nationally on FOX. The matchup with the Chiefs marks the Lions’ second-consecutive year playing a regular season game overseas after Detroit defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 22-21, in London in 2014.