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 teams.
For fans, that meant another five-week layoff from the NFL, something that was particularly hard to bear given the sports hiatus that came at the start of the pandemic.
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, as well as 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 August 5 and ends a six-month drought in NFL action. 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 kick-off of the opener between the Cowboys and the Buccaneers scheduled for Thursday, September 9 at 8:20 p.m. ET.
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 Match Pass – available for $ 99.99 – offers live access to every preseason game, plus reruns of every game.
Nationwide game shows on NBC, Fox, CBS and NFL Network can also be streamed live using fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
NFL Preseason Schedule: Week 1
Thursday August 5 (Hall of Fame Game)
|Steelers vs. Cowboys (Canton, Ohio)||8 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
Thursday August 12
|Patriots vs. Washington||7:30 p.m.||WBZ, WRC|
|Eagles vs. Steelers||7:30 p.m.||WCAU, KDKA|
Friday August 13
|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
|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
|Colts vs. Panthers||1:00 p.m.||WXIN, WSOC|
NFL Preseason Schedule: Week 2
Thursday August 19
|Eagles vs. Patriots||7:30 p.m.||WCAU, WBZ|
Friday August 20
|Cardinals versus leaders||8 p.m.||ESPN, KPNX, KCTV, fuboTV|
|Washington vs. Bengals||8 p.m.||WRC, WKRC|
Saturday August 21
|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
|The browns against the giants||1:00 p.m.||KTVD, WNBC|
|Chargers vs. 49ers||7:30 p.m.||KABC, KPIX|
Monday 23 August
|Saints vs. Jaguars||8 p.m.||ESPN, WVUE, WJAX, fuboTV|
NFL Preseason Schedule: Week 3
Friday August 27
|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
|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