NFL Preseason Schedule 2014: Complete Dates, TV Info and More

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 28, 2014

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) runs after making a reception during their NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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With training camps commencing around the league, hype around the 2014 NFL season has grown exponentially of late. Even though players have yet to dress in full pads, the chance to watch top-tier veterans mix it up with promising rookies during 11-on-11 drills gives NFL fans a much-needed taste of football.

Of course, with training camp comes the preseason.

Starting with the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, 65 exhibitions over five weeks will serve as a great prelude to the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season.

Each year, the league tinkers with the idea of making adjustments to in-game rules. Well, this year is no different, as spectators will witness extra points being kicked from the 20-yard line—equivalent to a 38-yard field goal—in an effort to make those kicks more enticing to watch.

We'll see how that goes, but for now, here's a look at the dates and times—along with any released TV informationfor each preseason game this year.

2014 NFL Preseason Schedule
DateMatchupTV Info (ET)
Hall of Fame Game
Sun., August 3NY Giants vs. Buffalo8 p.m., NBC
Week 1
Thu., August 7Indianapolis at NY Jets7 p.m.
Thu., August 7San Francisco at Baltimore7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 7New England at Washington7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 7Cincinnati at Kansas City8 p.m.
Thu., August 7Seattle at Denver9 p.m.
Thu., August 7Dallas at San Diego10 p.m.
Fri., August 8Miami at Atlanta7 p.m.
Fri., August 8Buffalo at Carolina7:30 p.m.
Fri., August 8Tampa Bay at Jacksonville7:30 p.m.
Fri., August 8Philadelphia at Chicago8 p.m.
Fri., August 8Oakland at Minnesota8 p.m.
Fri., August 8New Orleans at St. Louis8 p.m.
Sat., August 9Cleveland at Detroit7:30 p.m.
Sat., August 9Pittsburgh at NY Giants7:30 p.m.
Sat., August 9Green Bay at Tennessee8 p.m.
Sat., August 9Houston at Arizona8:30 p.m.
Week 2
Thu., August 14Jacksonville at Chicago8 p.m., ESPN
Fri., August 15Philadelphia at New England7:30 p.m.
Fri., August 15Tennessee at New Orleans8 p.m.
Fri., August 15Detroit at Oakland10 p.m.
Fri., August 15San Diego at Seattle10 p.m.
Sat., August 16Green Bay at St. Louis4 p.m.
Sat., August 16NY Jets at Cincinnati7 p.m.
Sat., August 16Baltimore at Dallas7 p.m.
Sat., August 16NY Giants at Indianapolis7 p.m.
Sat., August 16Buffalo at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
Sat., August 16Miami at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Sat., August 16Atlanta at Houston8 p.m.
Sat., August 16Arizona at Minnesota8:30 p.m.
Sun., August 17Denver at San Francisco4 p.m.
Sun., August 17Kansas City at Carolina8 p.m., Fox
Mon., August 18Cleveland at Washington8 p.m., ESPN
Week 3
Thu., August 21Pittsburgh at Philadelphia7:30 p.m.
Fri., August 22Oakland at Green Bay8 p.m., CBS
Fri., August 22Jacksonville at Detroit7:30 p.m.
Fri., August 22Carolina at New England7:30 p.m.
Fri., August 22NY Giants at NY Jets7:30 p.m.
Fri., August 22Chicago at Seattle10 p.m.
Sat., August 23Tampa Bay at Buffalo4:30 p.m.
Sat., August 23Dallas at Miami7 p.m.
Sat., August 23Tennessee at Atlanta7 p.m.
Sat., August 23Washington at Baltimore7:30 p.m.
Sat., August 23New Orleans at Indianapolis8 p.m., CBS
Sat., August 23St. Louis at Cleveland8 p.m.
Sat., August 23Minnesota at Kansas City8 p.m.
Sat., August 23Houston at Denver9 p.m.
Sun., August 24San Diego at San Francisco4 p.m., Fox
Sun., August 24Cincinnati at Arizona8 p.m., NBC
Week 4
Thu., August 28Atlanta at Jacksonville6 p.m.
Thu., August 28Detroit at Buffalo7 p.m.
Thu., August 28Indianapolis at Cincinnati7 p.m.
Thu., August 28Kansas City at Green Bay7 p.m.
Thu., August 28St. Louis at Miami7 p.m.
Thu., August 28NY Jets at Philadelphia7 p.m.
Thu., August 28New England at NY Giants7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 28Carolina at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 28Washington at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 28Chicago at Cleveland8 p.m.
Thu., August 28Denver at Dallas8 p.m.
Thu., August 28San Francisco at Houston8 p.m.
Thu., August 28Baltimore at New Orleans8 p.m.
Thu., August 28Minnesota at Tennessee8 p.m.
Thu., August 28Seattle at Oakland10 p.m.
Thu., August 28Arizona at San Diego10 p.m.
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Each preseason game can be streamed with NFL Preseason Live.

 

Top Televised Games

New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills

Seth Wenig/Associated Press

The Hall of Fame game marks the first time we'll see two NFL teams square off against each other in full pads. While it isn't much of a contest—starters play on a very limited basis—it's still a great way to evaluate young players, and it signifies the start of football, after all.

Both of these teams come into the season looking to get the proper pieces in place to right the ship from lackluster showings last year.

For the Bills, all eyes will be on second-year quarterback EJ Manuel and rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Manuel is expected to take significant steps forward this season, and Watkins should be instrumental in that process. Early in training camp, talk about Watkins has been extremely positive.

Check out this incredible grab by the first-year wide receiver, courtesy of Bleacher Report:

As for the Giants, Eli Manning and Co. will be looking to rebound from a dismal offensive showing last season.

Manning will see a big change at wide receiver this season, as Hakeem Nicks departed to Indianapolis, Mario Manningham returned from San Francisco and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. was added in the first round of this year's draft.

Unfortunately, Beckham hasn't practiced much yet due to a tweaked hamstring, but Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network seems to be expecting big things:

We'll see if these promising rookies can kick off the preseason with some showstopping grabs.

 

Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers

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Week 2 of the preseason features a matchup between two teams looking to return to the postseason again this year.

Kansas City ended its playoff run last season after allowing the Indianapolis Colts to come back from a severe deficit late in the game, while the Panthers couldn't keep up with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chiefs will be looking to keep pace with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos once more this season, and the team will rely on explosive offensive firepower to do so.

All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles was locked up with a contract extension, and speedster De'Anthony Thomas was added in the 2014 NFL draft.

Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star has already been impressed by the rookie:

Quarterback Cam Newton isn't in an entirely favorable situation entering the new season.

The Panthers lost wide receivers Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. during the offseason and replaced them with veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, along with rookie Kelvin Benjamin.

While Cotchery and Avant feature solid hands and Benjamin is an enormous target, there will be far less speed on this offense than in years past. Although, Tom Sorensen of The Charlotte Observer has big expectations:

This contest will give us a glimpse of how these teams have begun to adjust since departing early from the playoffs.

 

New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts

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This matchup should be full of fireworks.

Week 3 of the preseason is widely heralded as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Starters from both sides generally play at least the first half of the game in a regular season-esque simulation.

It just so happens this game features two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL—Drew Brees and Andrew Luck.

While Brees has the reliable Marques Colston lined up on the outside and Jimmy Graham sticking around after signing a lucrative contract, the quarterback will see some changes this year.

The speedy Kenny Stills has one year of experience under his belt and should be expected to take a larger role in the offense. Darren Sproles has departed to Philadelphia, and first-round pick Brandin Cooks should see a fair amount of reps in his place.

According to the Saints' official Twitter account, Cooks is already lighting it up in training camp:

Luck is in the same situation with the Colts.

He will have the exciting T.Y. Hilton back on the field once more this season, but the big news from Colts camp is the return of a now-healthy Reggie Wayne.

Wayne made his presence felt at training camp immediately, via Fox Sports Live:

Luck will also have Da'Rick Rogers in the fold with another year of experience under his belt, and the addition of Hakeem Nicks should go a long way to nicely round out this wide receiver corps.

Expect a high-flying aerial attack in what promises to be an exhilarating preseason showdown.