NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Full TV Info, Live Stream Details and More

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Six days. Six days until football. I mean, sure, it's preseason football, which is like calling a tofu burger a hamburger, but still. A reasonably approximated version of the sport we all love is coming back to us this weekend.

Sunday's Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings serves as the official kickoff to the 2015 preseason, which is a long time coming. We're five months removed from football being played on the world's biggest stage and another month away from games counting.

However, nearly every week has a nationally televised contest with long-term implications, and there are a number of storylines that need to be covered before the "real" Week 1 gets underway.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the entire 2015 NFL preseason schedule and highlight some of those big talking points we'll be focusing on throughout all of August.

 

Preseason Schedule

Hall of Fame GameTVStream
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota NBCNBC Sports Live
Week 1TVStream
Carolina at Buffalo Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Dallas at San Diego Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Denver at Seattle Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Green Bay at New England Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Indianapolis at Philadelphia Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Kansas City at Arizona Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Miami at Chicago Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
New Orleans at Baltimore Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Giants at Cincinnati Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Jets at Detroit Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
San Francisco at Houston Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
St. Louis at Oakland Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tampa Bay at Minnesota Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tennessee at Atlanta Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Washington at ClevelandLocal AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Week 2TVStream
Buffalo at ClevelandESPNWatchESPN
St. Louis at TennesseeFoxFox Sports Go
Cincinnati at Tampa BayESPNWatchESPN
Atlanta at NY Jets Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Baltimore at Philadelphia Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Chicago at Indianapolis Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Dallas at San Francisco Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Denver at Houston Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Detroit at Washington Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Green Bay at Pittsburgh Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Jacksonville at NY Giants Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Miami at Carolina Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
New England at New Orleans Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Oakland at Minnesota Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
San Diego at Arizona Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Seattle at Kansas CityLocal AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Week 3TVStream
Detroit at JacksonvilleCBSNFL Game Pass
Seattle at San DiegoCBSNFL Game Pass
Houston at New OrleansFoxFox Sports Go
Arizona at OaklandNBCNBC Sports Live
Atlanta at Miami Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Chicago at Cincinnati Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Cleveland at Tampa Bay Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Indianapolis at St. Louis Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Minnesota at Dallas Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
New England at Carolina Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Jets at NY Giants Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Philadelphia at Green Bay Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Pittsburgh at Buffalo Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
San Francisco at Denver Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tennessee at Kansas City Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Washington at BaltimoreLocal AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Week 4TVStream
Arizona at Denver Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Baltimore at Atlanta Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Buffalo at Detroit Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Carolina at Pittsburgh Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Cincinnati at Indianapolis Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Cleveland at Chicago Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Houston at Dallas Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Jacksonville at Washington Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Kansas City at St. Louis Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Minnesota at Tennessee Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
New Orleans at Green Bay Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Giants at New England Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Oakland at Seattle Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Philadelphia at NY Jets Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
San Diego at San Francisco Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tampa Bay at MiamiLocal AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
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Preseason Storylines

Can Tim Tebow Make the Eagles?

Well, given the rate at which Chip Kelly seems to be jettisoning players with actual NFL accomplishments, the answer might just be "yes."

Tebow's signing this offseason was treated much more like a joke than an actual football move. Some theorized he might be effective under the new two-point conversion rules, but Tebow hasn't thrown a pass since 2012 and a 53-man roster can only be stretched so far.

Apparently, the narrative has shifted. Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham appeared on WGPR 107.5 FM last week and seemed impressed with the work the former Florida star is putting in.

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

"Tim Tebow is going to shock a lot of people because he is going to make the team," Graham said. "And I think he will play a lot."

Now, there are a few ways to look at this. Graham could be toeing the company line. Kelly has done a nice job of keeping the Tebow circus to a minimum, something even Bill Belichick failed to do in New England. Keeping players on brand with diplomatic answers is the best way to keep that going, even if Tebow throws like this.

But it's at least theoretically possible that Graham's quote is on the up and up.

No one has ever doubted Tebow's work ethic. The dude loves playing football. He puts as much time if not more into getting better than anyone in the league. He spent 18 months retooling his delivery without even the slightest guarantee of an NFL tryout.

Who knows? Maybe it finally is Tebow Time after all. OK, probably not.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo's Moment(s) in the Spotlight

The NFLPA and NFL are pushing for a resolution to Tom Brady's four-game suspension appeal before the beginning of the regular season, which means this all could be moot come September.

For now, though, Jimmy Garoppolo is planned as the Patriots' Week 1 starter.

While he was part of a long-term succession plan, this is all happening far sooner than anyone in New England thought. A second-round pick in 2014, Garoppolo is Brady's heir apparent.

Belichick has dabbled with weird timing in choosing quarterbacks on draft night in the pastRyan Mallett, anyone?but the timing with Garoppolo seemed right.

Brady is 38 years old and has three years remaining on his deal. If he were to play out the entirety of his contract, Garoppolo would have spent his entire rookie-scale contract behind Brady. While that's not an ideal use of assets in theory, it could also open Garoppolo's representatives to the possibility of signing a cheaper, long-term deal.

Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

That was looking a few years into the future. In the here and now, Garoppolo could either become the NFL's most valuable backup quarterback or torpedo his value in a matter of weeks.

After playing at Eastern Illinois, Garoppolo will be looking at the closest thing he's seen to real NFL defenses—at least assuming New England allows him some reps with the first team. Garoppolo threw 27 passes last season, nearly all of which were in garbage time.

“The comfort level is a huge thing,” Garoppolo said, per Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “Being in the same place with most of the same people [is important], and it’s a great opportunity to just go out there and improve on little things every day.”

If Garoppolo isn't ready, the Patriots' Super Bowl defense may be on life support before Brady even gets off his suspension.

 

Griffin, Manziel Fight for Their Careers 

Aug 1, 2015; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) prepares to throw the ball during afternoon practice as part of day three of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Three years ago, Robert Griffin III was the most exciting player in football. He was the Platonic ideal of a modern-day quarterback. He was accurate underneath, had a booming arm downfield and ran with a confidence we haven't seen since prime Michael Vick.

You know the rest. A torn ACL injury led to broken trust between the Mike Shanahan-led coaching staff and Griffin, ultimately leading to the former's departure.

It's also seemingly ruined the trust Griffin had in himself, as he's regressed from a cocksure star in the making into a fangless also-ran.

Last season, Griffin's first playing under Jay Gruden, was his worst. He threw for just 1,694 yards and four touchdowns against six interceptions in nine games, eventually getting benched for Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy at different points.

His carries have gone down from 120 in 2013 to 86 in 2014 and all the way down to 38 last season.

"He is done," an anonymous offensive coach told Mike Sando of ESPN. "The reason is, the injury slowed his legs, and his ego will not allow him to hit rock bottom and actually grind his way back up the right way."

Many already feel Johnny Manziel is "done" despite having thrown only 35 professional passes. Granted, those attempts amounted to a series of nightmares during Manziel's newsworthy-for-all-the-wrong-reasons rookie campaign in Cleveland.

The former Texas A&M star lost a position battle to Brian Hoyer in training camp, saw numerous teammates trash him publicly and privately, and struggled with substance-abuse issues all while failing on the field.

Manziel's rehab stint was great for him as a man—as is any time a young man recognizes he needs help—but he still faces an uphill battle in reviving his career. The Browns signed Josh McCown this offseason to take over as a stopgap starter.

Even if McCown isn't greatand he sure hasn't been for most of his careerit says a lot that Manziel opened camp as a clear backup.

If he doesn't show something in camp, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Cleveland move on from him altogether next offseason.