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NFL 2021 preseason schedule: dates, times, TV channels for each game, week by week

A year after not having had a preseason, the NFL will launch a three-game version on August 5.

The NFL chose to cancel the preseason last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It meant two things. For the players, it meant they couldn’t prove themselves on the pitch as they looked to fight for places on the backlist. It certainly hurt players on the 53-player roster bubble, but expanded practice squads gave them a chance to make squads.

For fans, that meant another five-week layoff from the NFL, something that was particularly hard to bear given the sports hiatus that occurred at the start of the pandemic.

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But now the preseason is back, albeit a condensed version of the preseason. The league added a 17th game to the rotation this year, which reduced the preseason to three games for all but two of the teams. The only teams that will play four times are the Steelers and Cowboys, who will face off in the Hall of Fame Game to begin the preseason on August 5.

Below is the full schedule for each week of the 2021 NFL Preseason, along with how to watch each game.

When does the 2021 NFL preseason start and end?

  • Start date: Thursday August 5
  • End date: Sunday August 29

The NFL preseason kicks off on August 5 and ends a six-month drought in the NFL. This year’s preseason kicks off with the Steelers and Cowboys meeting at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, for the annual Hall of Fame game.

The Steelers and Cowboys will play four preseason games while the rest of the league will play three. This is the first year with the new three-game preseason format and the 17-game NFL regular season format.

The NFL preseason ends on August 29 with the opening game between the Cowboys and the Buccaneers kicked off Thursday, September 9 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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How to watch NFL preseason games on TV

Throughout the preseason, a number of preseason games will air nationally each week on NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and NFL Network. This year, NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN are teaming up to show just five domestic games during the preseason as a tune-up for their broadcasters. The NFL Network will broadcast select games live and rebroadcast all 49 games before the regular season.

NFL Game Pass – available for $ 99.99 – offers live access to every preseason game, as well as reruns of every game.

Nationwide game shows on NBC, Fox, CBS, and NFL Network can also be streamed live using fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

NFL Preseason Schedule: Week 1

Thursday August 5 (Hall of Fame Game)

Thu Time (ET) TV
Steelers vs. Cowboys (Canton, Ohio) 8 p.m. Fox, fuboTV

Thursday August 12

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Patriots vs. Washington 7:30 p.m. WBZ, WRC
Eagles vs. Steelers 7:30 p.m. WCAU, KDKA

Friday August 13

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Falcons vs. Titans 7:00 p.m. WUPA, WKRN
Lions against bills 7:00 p.m. WJBK, WKBW
Cardinals vs. Cowboys 10:00 p.m. KPNX, KTVT

Saturday August 14

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Bear vs. Dolphins 1:00 p.m. WFLD, WFOR
Vikings vs. Broncos 4:00 p.m. KMSP, KTVD
Ravens vs. Saints 7:00 p.m. WBAL, WVUE
Jaguars vs. Browns 7:00 p.m. WJAX, WEWS
Giants vs. Jets 7:30 p.m. WNBC
Buccaneers vs. Bengals 7:30 p.m. WRSP, WFTV, WKRC
Packers vs. Texans 8 p.m. WTMJ, KTRK
49ers vs. Chiefs 8:30 p.m. KPIX, KCTV
Raiders vs. Seahawks 9:00 p.m. KTVU, KING
Rams vs. chargers 10:00 p.m. KCBS, KABC

Sunday August 15th

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Colts vs. Panthers 1:00 p.m. WXIN, WSOC

NFL Preseason Schedule: Week 2

Thursday August 19

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Eagles vs. Patriots 7:30 p.m. WCAU, WBZ

Friday August 20

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Cardinals versus leaders 8 p.m. ESPN, KPNX, KCTV, fuboTV
Washington vs. Bengals 8 p.m. WRC, WKRC

Saturday August 21

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Bear against bills 1:00 p.m. WFLD, WKBW
Packers vs Jets 4:25 p.m. WTMJ, WNBC
Panthers vs. Crows 7:00 p.m. WSOC, WBAL
Dolphins vs. Falcons 7:00 p.m. WFOR, WUPA
Steelers vs. Lions 7:30 p.m. KDKA, WJBK
Buccaneers vs. Titans 7:30 p.m. WTSP, WFTV, WKRN
Cowboys vs. Texans 8 p.m. KTVT, KTRK
Vikings vs. Colts 8 p.m. KMSP, WXIN
Rams vs. Raiders 10:00 p.m. KCBS, KTVU
Seahawks vs. Broncos 10:00 p.m. KING, KTVD

Sunday August 22

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Browns vs. Giants 1:00 p.m. KTVD, WNBC
Chargers vs. 49ers 7:30 p.m. KABC, KPIX

Monday 23 August

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Saints vs. Jaguars 8 p.m. ESPN, WVUE, WJAX, fuboTV

NFL Preseason Schedule: Week 3

Friday August 27

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Lions vs. Colts 7:00 p.m. WJBK, WXIN
Panthers vs. Steelers 7:30 p.m. WSOC, KDKA
Jets vs. Eagles 7:30 p.m. WCAU, WNBC
Chiefs vs. Vikings 8 p.m. KCTV, KMSP

Saturday August 28

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Invoices against packers 1:00 p.m. WKBW, WTMJ
Washington vs. Ravens 6:00 p.m. WRC, WBAL
Titans vs. Bear 7:00 p.m. WKRN, WFLD
Texans vs. Buccaneers 8 p.m. KTRK, WRSP, WFTV
Saints vs. Cardinals 8 p.m. WVUE, KPNX
Broncos vs. Rams 9:05 p.m. KTVD, KCBS
Seahawks vs. Chargers 10:00 p.m. KING, KABC

Sunday August 29

Thu Time (ET) Channel
Cowboys vs. Jaguars 1:00 p.m. KTVT, WJAX
Bengals vs. dolphins 4:00 p.m. CBS, WKRC, WFOR, fuboTV
49ers vs. Raiders 4:00 p.m. KPIX, KTVU
Giants vs. Patriots 6:00 p.m. WNBC, WBZ
Falcons vs. Browns 8 p.m. NBC, WUPA, WEWS, fuboTV





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