2021 NFL Preseason
After last year's health concerns turned the season upside down, this year the NFL is in full swing with preseason schedule that starts with the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 5, 2021 airing on FOX.
Following the Hall of Fame Game, look forward to major preseason football games playing out throughout the month of August airing on NBC, CBS and ESPN -- followed by the full 2021 NFL TV schedule of 'wall-to-wall' national primetime football beginning in September.
Thursday, August 5
Hall of Fame Game
Pittsburgh vs Dallas 8PM ET on FOX
PRESEASON WEEK 2
Friday, August 20
Chiefs at Cardinals 8PM, ESPN
Monday, August 23
Jaguars at Saints 8PM, ESPN
PRESEASON WEEK 3
Sunday, August 29
Dolphins at Bengals 4PM CBS
Browns at Falcons 8PM, NBC
Thursday, September 9
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8PM, NBC
DID YOU KNOW? NFL preseason trivia & fun facts
'Paper Lion' in the preseason:
writer George Plimpton
• Famous journalist George Plimpton was on assignment for Sports Illustrated when he sported #0 for the Detroit Lions during a preseason game in 1963. Although Plimpton badly wanted to enter the game, the move was banned at the last minute by NFL officials. He later wrote of his experiences in the bestseller, "Paper Lion".
• An NFL strike left the Denver Broncos with a team made up entirely of rookies in a preseason game with the New York Jets in 1974. Final score: New York Jets 41, Denver Broncos 19.
• The shortest NFL game ever recorded happened during the preseason between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears in 1996. The game lasted 40 minutes, 40 seconds, and was called on account of thunder and lightning.
• In 1999, the first Hall of Fame game to go into overtime was played by the new Cleveland Browns, who debuted at their first Hall of Fame game with a 20-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
More about the NFL preseason on the Web:
- NFL Kickoff Weekend
- The official site including the full TV schedule.