The Ten Best NFL Preseason Games to Watch

Alan Rubenstein@@uarubyAnalyst IIIAugust 5, 2010

The Ten Best NFL Preseason Games to Watch

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    It's one of the best times of the year on the sports calendar. The NFL Hall of Fame game kicks off the football season. The Cowboys and Bengals will participate in the game this year.

    The 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is one of the best ever. Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice headline the class that includes Rickey Jackson, Russ Grimm, John Randle, Dick LeBeau, and Floyd Little.

    Part of what makes the 2010 class amazing is that Grimm and Jackson played together at the University of Pittsburgh and were drafted in the same season. They become only the second pair of college teammates to be drafted and inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same years.

    Some of the other highlights on the preseason schedule include the opening of the new Meadowlands stadium and matchups between the Saints and Patriots and Cowboys and Chargers.

Bengals vs. Cowboys, Hall of Fame Game, Aug 8, NBC

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    Bengals vs. Cowboys, Hall of Fame Game, Aug 8, NBC The traditional first game of the 2010 NFL season. The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2010 is one of the NFL’s best ever. The league’s all-time leading rusher and receiver headline this year's inductees.

    Emmit Smith being inducted and the Cowboys playing in the game should peak football fans interest everywhere. Jerry Rice did not play for either the Bengals or Cowboys, but the best player ever should garner a good interview for Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels.

    The Bengals representative is former coach Dick LeBeau. LeBeau had a 12-33 record over almost three seasons in Cincinnati but is being inducted as a player. He was a three-time Pro-Bowler with the Lions.

    Floyd Little, Rickey Jackson, and Russ Grimm round out the class of 2010.

Bills at Redskins. Aug 13

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    Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb’s Redskin debuts will commence against the Bills. Chan Gailey will be coaching his first game as the Bills head coach as well.

Giants vs. Jets, August 16, ESPN

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    The long awaited opening of the New Meadowland stadiums will take place between the two tenants. The Jets will be the home team as the NFL’s newest stadium is unveiled.

    The Giants won a coin flip and they will have the regular season opener on September 12th against the Panthers. The Jets will have their regular Meadowlands Stadium debut the next night against the Ravens. The Giants and Jets new digs will host the 2014 Superbowl.

Saints at Patriots, Aug 16

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    Two of the NFL highest scoring offenses and best aerial attacks meet at Gillette Stadium in the opening weekend of pre-season action. The match up of two former Super Bowl MVPs should be intriguing, if even for only one series each.

Dallas at San Diego, Aug 21

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    A pre-season showdown between two of the Superbowl favorites. If Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil continue to hold out, this will provide a good luck at their replacements. Keep a keen eye on Chargers No. 2 receiver Malcolm Floyd.

Colts at Packers, Aug 26, ESPN

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    Week Three will probably give us the greatest glimpse at the star players. This nationally televised game will feature two of the NFL greatest passers. Aaron Rodgers will try to show he’s arrived among the NFL’s elite players when the Packers host the Colts

San Diego at New Orleans, Aug 27, CBS

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    Philip Rivers matches up with his mentor as two of the NFL’s greatest passing attacks match up in the Superdome. With Eli Manning and Drew Brees now possessing Super Bowl rings and LaDainian Tomlinson leaving for the Jets, Philip Rivers will have more pressure on him this season than ever before.

Wash at NYJ, Aug 27

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    McNabb will make the Redskins one of the most interesting teams this season. They should be one of the NFL’s most improved teams. The Jets are expected to have their best team since the Bill Parcells teams of the 1990s.

Pitt at Den, Aug 29, FOX

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    Two of the AFC’s most revered franchises match up at Invesco Field. With Ben Roethlisberger suspended for the first six games of the season, the preseason gains added importance for him.

    The pressure on the Broncos will be intense this season after a historic collapse in 2009. Their preseason could be key to how well they play in September.

NE at NYG, September 2nd

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    The Giants and Patriots haven’t met in the regular season since the Giants' shocking Super Bowl XLII win. Look for the hype machine to tout this one as a rematch. It's the last preseason game for both teams, so the starters shouldn’t play much more than one series.