The 2012 NFL preseason schedule is out for the NFC North, which once again figures to be one of the stronger divisions in the league. A couple teams look to step forward as challengers to the Green Bay Packers. The Chicago Bears upgraded their receiving corps with the addition of Brandon Marshall in the offseason, while the Detroit Lions signed Calvin Johnson through the next eight seasons.
We'll get our first look at the Bears' new firepower against the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos in Week 1. They will also face a Washington Redskins squad likely led by a rookie quarterback, as well the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Lions have to travel cross-country in a week, visiting the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 before playing the Oakland Raiders on the West Coast in Week 3.
Here's the preseason schedule for the Bears, Lions and the rest of the NFC North:
Detroit Lions: Cleveland Browns, at Baltimore Ravens, at Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears: Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, at New York Giants, at Cleveland Browns
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