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NFL Preseason Schedule 2014: Dates, Game Times, TV Coverage and More

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 24:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates a catch against the Dallas Cowboys  during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 9, 2014

After an extremely active free-agency period, the NFL Scouting Combine and a great deal of pro days, the 2014 NFL draft is right around the corner and teams are already preparing for OTAs. Training camps will be here before we know it, and that means one thing: The 2014 NFL preseason is quickly approaching.

As if the anticipation for the upcoming NFL season wasn't abundantly high already, the full preseason schedule was released on Wednesday—further increasing the anxiety as we impatiently wait for the return of football.   

The preseason signifies the first glimpse of team-versus-team action. It's the first chance to see your favorite players perform, and the last step before the meaningful games take place.

 

Preseason Schedule

2014 NFL Preseason Schedule
DateMatchupTV Info (ET)
Hall of Fame Game
Sun. August 3New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills8 p.m., NBC
Week 1 (Aug. 7-10)
TBDBuffalo Bills vs. Carolina PanthersN/A
TBDCincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City ChiefsN/A
TBDCleveland Browns vs. Detroit LionsN/A
TBDDallas Cowboys vs. San Diego ChargersN/A
TBDGreen Bay Packers vs. Tennessee TitansN/A
TBDHouston Texans vs. Arizona CardinalsN/A
TBDIndianapolis Colts vs. New York JetsN/A
TBDMiami Dolphins vs. Atlanta FalconsN/A
TBDNew England Patriots vs. Washington RedskinsN/A
TBDNew Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis RamsN/A
TBDOakland Raiders vs. Minnesota VikingsN/A
TBDPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Chicago BearsN/A
TBDPittsburgh Steelers vs. New York GiantsN/A
TBDSan Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore RavensN/A
TBDSeattle Seahawks vs. Denver BroncosN/A
TBDTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Jacksonville JaguarsN/A
Week 2 (Aug. 14-18)
Thurs., August 14Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears8 p.m., ESPN
Sun., August 17Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers8 p.m., Fox
Mon., August 18Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins8 p.m., ESPN
TBDArizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota VikingsN/A
TBDAtlanta Falcons vs. Houston TexansN/A
TBDBaltimore Ravens vs. Dallas CowboysN/A
TBDBuffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh SteelersN/A
TBDDenver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ersN/A
TBDDetroit Lions vs. Oakland RaidersN/A
TBDGreen Bay Packers vs. St. Louis RamsN/A
TBDMiami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersN/A
TBDNew York Giants vs. Indianapolis ColtsN/A
TBDNew York Jets vs. Cincinnati BengalsN/A
TBDPhiladelphia Eagles vs. New England PatriotsN/A
TBDSan Diego Chargers vs. Seattle SeahawksN/A
TBDTennessee Titans vs. New Orleans SaintsN/A
Week 3 (Aug. 21-24)
Fri., August 22Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers8 p.m., CBS
Sat., August 23New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts8 p.m., CBS
Sun., August 24San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers4 p.m., Fox
Sun., August 24Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals8 p.m., NBC
TBDPittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia EaglesN/A
TBDJacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit LionsN/A
TBDTennessee Titans vs. Atlanta FalconsN/A
TBDChicago Bears vs. Seattle SeahawksN/A
TBDTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo BillsN/A
TBDDallas Cowboys vs. Miami DolphinsN/A
TBDCarolina Panthers vs. New England PatriotsN/A
TBDNew York Jets vs. New York GiantsN/A
TBDWashington Redskins vs. Baltimore RavensN/A
TBDSt. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland BrownsN/A
TBDHouston Texans vs. Denver BroncosN/A
TBDMinnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City ChiefsN/A
Week 4 (Aug. 28)
TBDArizona Cardinals vs. San Diego ChargersN/A
TBDAtlanta Falcons vs. Jacksonville JaguarsN/A
TBDBaltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans SaintsN/A
TBDCarolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh SteelersN/A
TBDChicago Bears vs. Cleveland BrownsN/A
TBDDenver Broncos vs. Dallas CowboysN/A
TBDDetroit Lions vs. Buffalo BillsN/A
TBDIndianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati BengalsN/A
TBDKansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay PackersN/A
TBDMinnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee TitansN/A
TBDNew England Patriots vs. New York GiantsN/A
TBDNew York Jets vs. Philadelphia EaglesN/A
TBDSan Francisco 49ers vs. Houston TexansN/A
TBDSeattle Seahawks vs. Oakland RaidersN/A
TBDSt. Louis Rams vs. Miami DolphinsN/A
TBDWashington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersN/A
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For the complete 2014 NFL preseason schedule, visit NFL.com.

 

Top Games to Watch

Hall of Fame Game: New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 15:  EJ Manuel #3 of the Buffalo Bills attempts a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 15, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Hall of Fame Game signifies the first NFL action that we'll see this year as the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants meet in their first attempts to improve from mediocre 2013 campaigns.

For Buffalo, there are still plenty of unanswered questions on the offensive side of the ball. Can EJ Manuel gain consistency? Is C.J. Spiller poised for a bounce-back season? How will Mike Williams fit into the offensive scheme?

All of these questions will begin to produce answers when the first-string offense takes snaps—albeit, on a limited basis—against the Giants.

Buffalo also has a new defensive coordinator in Jim Schwartz this season. The team performed admirably last season on this side of the ball under Mike Pettine (now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns), so it will be interesting to see how Schwartz affects things.

The Giants have the same questions on offense. Can Eli Manning improve from a dismal 2013 campaign? Will this team find a complementary wide receiver for Victor Cruz? Can the offensive line hold up in pass protection?

They'll get a good initial test against against a stout Buffalo defense.

Plenty of movement has occurred on defense for New York this offseason. The Giants will be looking to see how Jameel McClain and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie fit their defensive scheme. New York is looking to get its pass rush back on track, and the health of Jason Pierre-Paul will be a large factor in that regard.

There's plenty of great underlying storylines to watch during the Hall of Fame Game. That bodes very well for the rest of the action that lies ahead.

 

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Ronald Ma
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These are two playoff teams from a season ago that have made some significant roster changes over the offseason.

Kansas City's defense looks to make strides with a strong duo of Sean Smith and Brandon Flowers in the secondary. After a second-half aerial onslaught by the Indianapolis Colts that ousted the Chiefs from the playoffs last season, they will look to ensure that won't happen again.

Dexter McCluster is no longer with Kansas City. The Chiefs are sorely lacking playmakers in the passing game right now and will most likely look toward the draft to provide Alex Smith with more weapons.

This game marks the first step for Kansas City to make another run to the postseason.

Carolina, meanwhile, suffered plenty of losses over the offseason, and it will be interesting to see how this team responds here.

After losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn, the team's top option at wide receiver is currently newly acquired Jerricho Cotchery. Carolina also brought in Jason Avant. This is certainly another team that will look to the draft to add talent in this area.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers' front seven has a different look, as Jon Beason departed to New York and Chase Blackburn—a former Giant—is now in his place.

This was one of the most stout defensive units from a year ago, and it will be interesting to see how these changes will affect this team going forward—especially against the Chiefs high-octane offense.

 

Week 3: New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 11:   Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to throw a pass against the New England Patriots during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Gett
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Week 3 of the preseason is generally the most action-packed, as it is treated as a dress rehearsal for the regular season and starters play for a longer duration.

Drew Brees will still have Marques Colston at wideout; however, the Saints offense is likely to have many new faces alongside the veteran.

Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and Darren Sproles are now gone. Kenny Stills showed flashes during his limited time last season; however, the team should be expected to further address the position via the draft.

On the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Rob Ryan enters his second season with New Orleans. Last year, he brought a 3-4 scheme to the Saints that vastly improved a previously porous defense. With the additions of Champ Bailey and Jairus Byrd, this unit will look to make a big splash in 2014.

The Colts sputtered offensively last season after the team lost Reggie Wayne for the season. T.Y. Hilton was a revelation and should play an even larger role this season. The team further bolstered its wide receiver corps by bringing Hakeem Nicks in via free agency.

Andrew Luck has plenty of weapons this year, and this offense should be incredibly fun to watch.

Indianapolis' secondary should be tested early and often in this contest, as Brees and Co. will continue their usual aerial assault. Vontae Davis will remain the Colts' top option at cornerback while Greg Toler figures to take on a heavier workload this season.

We should be in for a treat, as both of these teams provide fierce competition and will attempt to enter the regular season with some momentum.

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