NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, TV Coverage and Live Stream Info

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2015

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) prepares to pass during the team's NFL football team's practice, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Eden Prairie, Minn.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Are you ready for some football? More importantly, will you settle for games that don't count decided by numerous reserves who won't make the team? If so, buckle up for the 2015 NFL preseason.

After six months devoid of gridiron activity, fans will take whatever they can get. On Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will take the field for the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, marking this year's first taste of exhibition football.

Seeing one or two series from some starters is better than nothing, and August action occasionally foreshadows a breakout of two. For football enthusiasts who never miss a snap regardless of the game's significance, here's a full breakdown of the preseason schedule along with a preview for Sunday's opening bout.

Hall of Fame GameDateTime (ET)TVStream
Pittsburgh vs. MinnesotaAug. 98 p.m.NBCNBC Sports Live
Week 1DateTime (ET)TVStream
New Orleans at BaltimoreAug. 137:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Jets at DetroitAug. 137:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Green Bay at New EnglandAug. 137:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Washington at ClevelandAug. 137:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Miami at ChicagoAug. 138 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Dallas at San DiegoAug. 1310 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tennessee at AtlantaAug. 147 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Carolina at BuffaloAug. 147 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Giants at CincinnatiAug. 147:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Pittsburgh at JacksonvilleAug. 147:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
St. Louis at OaklandAug. 1410 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Denver at SeattleAug. 1410 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tampa Bay at MinnesotaAug. 158 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
San Francisco at HoustonAug. 158 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Kansas City at ArizonaAug. 159 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Indianapolis at PhiladelphiaAug. 161 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Week 2DateTime (ET)TVStream
Detroit at WashingtonAug. 207:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Buffalo at ClevelandAug. 208 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Cincinnati at Tampa BayAug. 217:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Atlanta at NY JetsAug. 218 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Miami at CarolinaAug. 227 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Baltimore at PhiladelphiaAug. 227 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Chicago at IndianapolisAug. 227:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
New England at New OrleansAug. 227:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Jacksonville at NY GiantsAug. 227:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Denver at HoustonAug. 228 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Oakland at MinnesotaAug. 228 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
San Diego at ArizonaAug. 2210 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Green Bay at PittsburghAug. 231 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Dallas at San FranciscoAug. 238 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
St. Louis at TennesseeAug. 238 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
Cincinnati at Tampa BayAug. 248 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Week 3DateTime (ET)TVStream
New England at CarolinaAug. 287:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tennessee at Kansas CityAug. 288 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Detroit at JacksonvilleAug. 288 p.m.CBSNFL Game Pass
Pittsburgh at BuffaloAug. 294 p.m.NBCNBC Sports Live
Atlanta at MiamiAug. 297 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Minnesota at DallasAug. 297 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Cleveland at Tampa BayAug. 297 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Jets at NY GiantsAug. 297 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Chicago at CincinnatiAug. 297:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Washington at BaltimoreAug. 297:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Indianapolis at St. LouisAug. 298 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Philadelphia at Green BayAug. 298 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Seattle at San DiegoAug. 298 p.m.CBSNFL Game Pass
San Francisco at DenverAug. 299 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Houston at New OrleansAug. 304 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
Arizona at OaklandAug. 308 p.m.NBCNBC Sports Live
Week 4DateTime (ET)TVStream
Philadelphia at NY JetsSep. 37 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Baltimore at AtlantaSep. 37 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
New Orleans at Green BaySep. 37 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Tampa Bay at MiamiSep. 37 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Cincinnati at IndianapolisSep. 37 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
NY Giants at New EnglandSep. 37:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Carolina at PittsburghSep. 37:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Jacksonville at WashingtonSep. 37:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Buffalo at DetroitSep. 37:30 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Minnesota at TennesseeSep. 38 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Kansas City at St. LouisSep. 38 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Cleveland at ChicagoSep. 38 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Houston at DallasSep. 38 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Arizona at DenverSep. 39 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
San Diego at San FranciscoSep. 310 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
Oakland at SeattleSep. 310 p.m.Local AffiliatesNFL Game Pass
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Hall of Fame Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings

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After inducting Steelers running back Jerome Bettis into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, the franchise will celebrate the weekend by showcasing its prolific offense in a nationally televised clash.

Wait, scratch that. According to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler, Pittsburgh will rest Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Maurkice Pouncey and James Harrison, among others. Head coach Mike Tomlin hopes some of his younger understudies use the extra exposure to shine.

"One man's misfortune is another man's opportunity," Tomlin told Fowler. "We believe that. We live that."

Most of last year's No. 2 offense—trailing the New Orleans Saints by five yards—will take a seat rather than making an appearance. Instead, Landry Jones will get an extended audition under center, as Tomlin revealed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette:

The Oklahoma alum, who has not taken a regular-season snap since getting drafted in 2013, can use the spotlight to stand out from veteran Bruce Gradkowski and newcomer Tajh Boyd. Of course, Pittsburgh hopes none of them ever see the field once the actual games start.

Nobody is watching exhibition matches to admire journeymen veterans. They want to see high-upside youngsters make a splash. One name not included among Pittsburgh's inactives, Martavis Bryant, has the skills to dazzle and the urgency to make a statement.

The 23-year-old wide receiver enters the season drenched in hype after scoring eight touchdowns in 10 games. He provided an immense downfield complement to Brown, with no other wideout receiving a higher percentage of his targets on deep throws (41.7), per Pro Football Focus.

Yet in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Roethlisberger labeled Markus Wheaton "our breakout player of the year." There's enough room for both to shine, but Bryant's upside is limited if Wheaton preserves regular snaps alongside Brown.

On the other side, there's at least hope some stars will show up and stay a while. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stayed tight-lipped about his plans, but he won't completely sit his top unit. While the starters will receive some reps, he admitted the length will depend on his mood, per ESPN.com's Ben Goessling.

Fans will hope to get a prolonged glimpse of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who concluded a promising rookie campaign with a 72.1 completion percentage over his last five games. Mike Wallace will join Charles Johnson to form an explosive wideout tandem, and that Adrian Peterson guy will also return to the fold.

A reeling offense gained some spark during Norv Turner's first year as offensive coordinator. Courtesy of NFL Network's James Palmer, the offensive guru expects bigger things this season, offering substantial praise for his young signal-caller:

No pressure, Bridgewater. You just need to elevate yourself into a tier that may not even have enough room for Roethlisberger.

Then again, he could go 20-20 for 400 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday night, and it really wouldn't prove much of anything.