The NFL's slate of 11 nationally televised preseason games will feature the entire 2012 playoff field, one of the highlights of the 65-game 2013 NFL preseason schedule announced by the league on Thursday.
Keeping with tradition, the 2013 preseason will kick off on Sunday, Aug. 4, on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EDT in Canton, Ohio, when Dallas faces Miami in the NFL Hall of Fame Game. The game has served as the annual start to the preseason since its inception back in 1962.
On Thursday, Aug. 8, it will be Cincinnati at Atlanta, with the broadcast airing at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN, then things begin to pick up in a big way the following week. There will be four games over five nights the first full week of preseason.
Fox is back on the air on Sunday night with Indianapolis traveling to the Meadowlands to face the New York Giants, with kickoff at 8 p.m. EDT. Then 24 hours later on Monday night, ESPN will feature Pittsburgh at Washington with an 8 p.m. EDT start time.
CBS enters the preseason group on Friday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. EDT, as they will offer Seattle at Green Bay. The gang at CBS will be back the following night with St. Louis on the road at Denver in an 8 p.m. broadcast.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, there will be a doubleheader, with Fox offering New Orleans at Houston in a 4 p.m. start followed by NBC showcasing Minnesota at the defending NFC champions from San Francisco at 8 p.m.
If you don’t see your favorite team on the list, don't worry because the NFL Network will showcase a number of locally produced games, some live while others are on tape delay. Last season the network offered all 65 preseason games.
As the sports media columnist for the Washington Examiner, I receive all of the press releases from the broadcast networks.