Preseason National TV Schedule Features Every '07 Playoff Team


It's preseason with a tinge of the playoffs.

That will be one of the highlights of a 13-game national television preseason schedule that was announced today by the NFL, along with the complete list of 2008 preseason matchups. All 12 of the 2007 NFL playoff teams will be featured in the national TV games.

It all starts where the NFL started - in Canton, Ohio, site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Sunday night, August 3 on NBC (8:00 PM ET), the Indianapolis Colts will take on the Washington Redskins in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. It will be an eventful weekend for the Redskins as two of the greatest players in their history - cornerback DARRELL GREEN and wide receiver ART MONK - will join the class of 2008 at the Hall induction ceremonies on Saturday. The game also will mark the NFL head-coaching debut of Washington's JIM ZORN.

That game is just the start of the preseason national TV excitement:

WEEK 1: Two of the top-10 receivers of last season in both catches and yards square off as New Orleans (MARQUES COLSTON) visits Arizona (LARRY FITZGERALD) (Thursday, August 7, ESPN, 8:00 PM ET)......and NFL fans will see the debut as a starter of Packers QB AARON RODGERS, who this year takes over for the retired BRETT FAVRE, when Cincinnati travels to Green Bay (Monday, August 11, ESPN, 8:00 PM ET).

WEEK 2: Panthers QB JAKE DELHOMME will continue his comeback from elbow surgery as he is tested by new Eagles (and former Patriots) CB ASANTE SAMUEL when Philadelphia hosts Carolina (Thursday, August 14, FOX, 8:00 PM ET)......two recent first-round quarterbacks meet for the first time as Oakland (JA MARCUS RUSSELL) visits Tennessee (VINCE YOUNG) (Saturday, August 16, FOX, 8:00 PM ET)......two division winners go at it as New England (preparing to duplicate its undefeated '07 season) travels to Tampa Bay (Sunday, August 17, NFL Network, 8:00 PM ET)......and the Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants debut at home against Cleveland (Monday, August 18, ESPN, 8:00 PM ET).

WEEK 3: Two quarterbacks seeking to re-establish themselves as starters go at it as San Francisco (ALEX SMITH) travels to Chicago (REX GROSSMAN) (Thursday, August 21, FOX, 8:00 PM ET)......the Battle for Texas takes place when Houston visits Dallas (the preseason series is tied 2-2) (Friday, August 22, CBS, 8:00 PM ET)......Pittsburgh's No. 3 NFL rush defense of '07 can judge where it stands for '08 when it faces Minnesota RB ADRIAN PETERSON, the NFL '07 Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl MVP (Saturday, August 23, CBS, 8:00 PM ET)......Buffalo helps Indianapolis open its new 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium (Sunday, August 24, NFL Network, 8:00 PM ET)......and two more division winners meet when Seattle travels to San Diego. The Seahawks will be priming new RB JULIUS JONES (Monday, August 25, ESPN, 8:00 PM ET).

WEEK 4: The national TV schedule concludes with another matchup of playoff teams as Washington's Zorn prepares to kick off the season and new Jacksonville WR JERRY PORTER gets his final tune-up (Thursday, August 28, NBC, 7:00 PM ET).


(All times Eastern)

Sunday, August 3

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH

Indianapolis vs. Washington

NBC (8:00 PM)


Preseason Week 1 (August 7-11)

Thursday, August 7

New Orleans at Arizona

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 11

Cincinnati at Green Bay

ESPN (8:00 PM)


Preseason Week 2 (August 14-18)

Thursday, August 14

Carolina at Philadelphia

FOX (8:00 PM)

Saturday, August 16

Oakland at Tennessee

FOX (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 17

New England at Tampa Bay

NFLN (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 18

Cleveland at NY Giants

ESPN (8:00 PM)


Preseason Week 3 (August 21-25)

Thursday, August 21

San Francisco at Chicago

FOX (8:00 PM)

Friday, August 22

Houston at Dallas

CBS (8:00 PM)

Saturday, August 23

Pittsburgh at Minnesota

CBS (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 24

Buffalo at Indianapolis

NFLN (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 25

Seattle at San Diego

ESPN (8:00 PM)


Preseason Week 4 (August 28-29)

Thursday, August 28

Jacksonville at Washington

NBC (7:00 PM)

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