On Wednesday morning, the NFL announced the broadcast schedule for the league’s five nationally-televised preseason games in August.
Things get kicked off on August 5 with the Hall-of-Fame Game which will be between the Cowboys and the Steelers. That game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
On August 20th and 23rd, ESPN will broadcast the Chiefsat Cardinals and then the Jaguars at Saints, respectively. Both games have an 8:00 p.m. ET start time.
NFL Preseason Primetime game schedule:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 10, 2021
August 5th: Steelers vs. Cowboys, 8 PM, Hall of Fame Game (FOX)
August 20th: Chiefs at Cardinals, 8 PM (ESPN)
August 23rd: Jaguars at Saints, 8 PM (ESPN)
August 29th: Dolphins at Bengals, 4 PM (CBS), Browns at Falcons, 8 PM (NBC)
With all the hype currently surrounding both Justin Herbert and Brandon Staley this offseason, I’m pretty surprised the Chargers were not included among the nationally-televised games. Every team listed above has something going for them for the most part in the way of young, exciting quarterbacks or intriguing rookies. The one team I believe shouldn’t have gotten in over the Bolts are the Saints. They lost Drew Brees and didn’t add anyone terribly exciting, but if the league believes fans want to watch Jameis Winston that badly, then so be it.
Otherwise, some of the notable players you may or may not get to see in these games include fourth-overall pick Kyle Pitts, top-10 pick Jaylen Waddle, and of course your top-overall pick in 2021, Trevor Lawrence.