NFL Preseason Schedule 2013: Matchups Every Fan Must Watch

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NFL Preseason Schedule 2013: Matchups Every Fan Must Watch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Football is back.

The National Football League preseason commences on Sunday night when the Cowboys and Dolphins square off in the annual Hall of Fame Game. In the next couple of weeks, franchises will be warming up for what’s sure to be another exciting season in the NFL.

While the upcoming matchups are only exhibition games and don’t really mean much, there are still a few that you can’t afford to miss—no matter which team you root for once the regular season begins on September 5. These contests feature the crème of the crop in terms of football talent.

NFL Preseason Schedule
Week 1
Date Time (ET) Matchup TV
Thursday, Aug. 8 7:30 p.m. Baltimore at Tampa Bay
Thursday, Aug. 8 8 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta ESPN
Thursday, Aug. 8 8 p.m. St. Louis at Cleveland
Thursday, Aug. 8 8 p.m. Washington at Tennessee
Thursday, Aug. 8 9 p.m. Denver at San Francisco
Thursday, Aug. 8 10 p.m. Seattle at San Diego
Friday, Aug. 9 7:30 p.m. New England at Philadelphia
Friday, Aug. 9 7:30 p.m. NY Jets at Detroit
Friday, Aug. 9 7:30 p.m. Miami at Jacksonville
Friday, Aug. 9 8 p.m. Chicago at Carolina
Friday, Aug. 9 8 p.m. Houston at Minnesota
Friday, Aug. 9 8 p.m. Kansas City at New Orleans
Friday, Aug. 9 8 p.m. Arizona at Green Bay
Friday, Aug. 9 10 p.m. Dallas at Oakland
Saturday, Aug. 10 7:30 p.m. NY Giants at Pittsburgh
Sunday, Aug. 11 1:30 p.m. Buffalo at Indianapolis
Week 2
Date Time (ET) Matchup
Thursday, Aug. 15 7 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia
Thursday, Aug. 15 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Baltimore
Thursday, Aug. 15 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland
Thursday, Aug. 15 8 p.m. San Diego at Chicago ESPN
Friday, Aug. 16 7 p.m. Minnesota at Buffalo
Friday, Aug. 16 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at New England FOX
Friday, Aug. 16 8 p.m. San Francisco at Kansas City
Friday, Aug. 16 8 p.m. Oakland at New Orleans
Saturday, Aug. 17 4:30 p.m. Dallas at Arizona
Saturday, Aug. 17 7 p.m. Tennessee at Cincinnati
Saturday, Aug. 17 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville at NY Jets FOX
Saturday, Aug. 17 8 p.m. Green Bay at St. Louis
Saturday, Aug. 17 8 p.m. Miami at Houston
Saturday, Aug. 17 10 p.m. Denver at Seattle
Sunday, Aug. 18 7 p.m. Indianapolis at NY Giants
Monday, Aug. 19 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Washington ESPN
Week 3
Date Time (ET) Matchup
Thursday, Aug. 22 7:30 p.m. New England at Detroit
Thursday, Aug. 22 8 p.m. Carolina at Baltimore ESPN
Friday, Aug. 23 8 p.m. Seattle at Green Bay CBS
Friday, Aug. 23 10 p.m. Chicago at Oakland
Saturday, Aug. 24 4:30 p.m. Buffalo at Washington
Saturday, Aug. 24 7 p.m. Cleveland at Indianapolis
Saturday, Aug. 24 7 p.m. NY Jets at NY Giants
Saturday, Aug. 24 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Miami
Saturday, Aug. 24 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Jacksonville
Saturday, Aug. 24 7:30 p.m. Kansas City at Pittsburgh
Saturday, Aug. 24 8 p.m. Cincinnati at Dallas
Saturday, Aug. 24 8 p.m. St. Louis at Denver CBS
Saturday, Aug. 24 8 p.m. Atlanta at Tennessee
Saturday, Aug. 24 10 p.m. San Diego at Arizona
Sunday, Aug. 25 4 p.m. New Orleans at Houston FOX
Sunday, Aug. 25 8 p.m. Minnesota at San Francisco NBC
Week 4
Date Time (ET) Matchup
Thursday, Aug. 29 7 p.m. Detroit at Buffalo
Thursday, Aug. 29 7 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Thursday, Aug. 29 7 p.m. Philadelphia at NY Jets
Thursday, Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. NY Giants at New England
Thursday, Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Miami
Thursday, Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville at Atlanta
Thursday, Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay
Thursday, Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina
Thursday, Aug. 29 8 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago
Thursday, Aug. 29 8 p.m. Houston at Dallas
Thursday, Aug. 29 8 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City
Thursday, Aug. 29 8 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis
Thursday, Aug. 29 8 p.m. Tennessee at Minnesota
Thursday, Aug. 29 9 p.m. Arizona at Denver
Thursday, Aug. 29 10 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego
Thursday, Aug. 29 10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle

Schedule courtesy of ESPN

Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers

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Denver's Wes Welker and Peyton Manning

Game Info: Thursday, Aug. 8 (Week 1) at 9 p.m. ET

We may not see the projected starting lineups for each squad for very long in Week 1, but you still can’t afford to miss Peyton Manning and the Broncos take on the Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. These organizations are bound to be successful in the upcoming season, and both should easily make it into the postseason.

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August 8 will be the first time Manning and Wes Welker will be on the same side of the field together, as the wide receiver signed with Denver this offseason. Welker, who spent the last six years with the New England Patriots, caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. He should be a primary target for Manning this season.

The Broncos had the fourth-best defense in terms of points allowed per game a year ago, per ESPN. Will it be able to slow down Kaepernick and the multi-dimensional San Francisco offense? Denver is going to have to play smart to keep Kaepernick and Frank Gore from breaking loose for large gains on the ground.

Prediction: San Francisco 27, Denver 13

 

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

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Game Info: Friday, Aug. 23 (Week 3) at 8 p.m. ET on CBS

Don’t worry, Packers fans, there won’t be replacement referees for this Seattle-Green Bay matchup—even though it’s just an exhibition game. The Seahawks got the best of the Packers in Week 3 of last season, but they did have a bit of help from the guys calling the penalties and touchdowns during the referee lockout.

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The two franchises don’t have a regular-season game scheduled against each other this season, but could definitely meet up sometime in the playoffs—should these teams make it, which is expected. Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers should both be on the field for a significant portion of the game, which means you must tune in.

It will also be interesting to see how Eddie Lacy does in the backfield for the Packers. The running back was a second-round pick in April’s draft and is expected to be Green Bay’s starter this year. Seattle allowed the 10th-fewest yards on the ground last season, per ESPN, so he may have a difficult time breaking through.

Prediction: Green Bay 31, Seattle 24

 

New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

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Philadelphia QB Michael Vick and coach Chip Kelly

Game Info: Friday, Aug. 9 (Week 1) at 7:30 p.m. ET

New England and Philadelphia should have two of the most dangerous offenses in football this season. Tom Brady and the Patriots will be without Welker—as previously mentioned—but that likely won’t stop the quarterback from putting up insane numbers in 2013. He knows how to maximize return on what he has.

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This will also be the debut of Chip Kelly with the Eagles. Kelly left Oregon to come to Philadelphia, and he should be in store for an exciting season. The Eagles haven’t made the postseason in the last two seasons, but there’s no question that with a new sheriff in town, things could be different this year.

Brady likely won’t be on the field for long, and everyone is going to be watching to see how Tim Tebow is incorporated in New England’s offense. Will he be throwing the ball, running the ball or catching the ball? All of those questions will be answered when the Patriots and Eagles take the field on August 9.

Prediction: New England 28, Philadelphia 24

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