ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions unveiled their 2006 NFL schedule Thursday afternoon, and the opener will pit head coach Rod Marinelli's squad against the defending NFC champ Seahawks.
The Lions will play host to Seattle on September 10th. Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. (EST). The last time the two squads met, the Seahawks emerged victorious, 35-14, at Qwest Field in 2003.
"What a great way to start the season," Lions Head Coach Rod Marinelli said in a Detroit Lions press release. "It certainly won't take us very long to find out how well we stack up against the elite teams in our conference.
Added Marinelli, "It's not about who we play, when we play or where we play. The issue is us-what we do and how we do it. It's about how hard and smart we work. It's about our work and preparation during the off-season program, mini-camps, training camp and throughout the regular season."
The team did not garner any scheduled night games, its only nationally televised appearance coming on the traditional "Thanksgiving Day" game event, in which they will host the Miami Dolphins. However, for the first time in league history, the schedule will allow for "flexible scheduling", in which any games between Week 10-15 in addition to Week 17 have the potential to be moved to the 8:15 p.m. primetime slot.
According to a team release, "Flexible scheduling begins Sunday, November 12, 2006 (Week 10), and is in effect for Weeks 10-15 and Week 17. Only Sunday afternoon games in Weeks 10-15 and 17 are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window.
"The NFL will decide (after consultation with CBS, FOX, NBC) and announce on 12 days notice the game being moved to 8:15 p.m. ET and may also announce games moving to 4:15 p.m. ET. Week 17 start time changes could be decided on 6 days notice to ensure a game with playoff implications.
Detroit does not have a BYE (off-week) until late October.
Below is the complete 2006 Detroit Lions schedule, beginning with the pre-season. All times are EST.
PRESEASON -- All pre-season games will be televised on WKBD-TV, UPN 50.
Friday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m., DENVER BRONCOS
Friday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m., at Cleveland Browns
August 24-28, time is TBA, at Oakland Raiders
Thursday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m., BUFFALO BILLS
Sunday, September 10 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 17 at Chicago Bears, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 24 GREEN BAY PACKERS, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 1 at St. Louis Rams, FOX, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, October 8 at Minnesota Vikings, FOX, 1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 15 BUFFALO BILLS, CBS, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 at New York Jets, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 *** BYE WEEK ***
Sunday, November 5 ATLANTA FALCONS, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 at Arizona Cardinals, FOX, 4:05 p.m.
Thursday, November 23 MIAMI DOLPHINS, CBS, 12:30 p.m. -- Thanksgiving Day Game
Sunday, December 3 at New England Patriots, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 MINNESOTA VIKINGS, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 at Green Bay Packers, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 CHICAGO BEARS, FOX, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 31 at Dallas Cowboys, FOX, 1:00 p.m.