Can’t believe that NFL Preseason is here in earnest, but lo and behold, it’s about ready to start.
ESPN will have the first national game on Thursday with the Green Bay Packers taking on the San Diego Chargers, but NFL Network will have the rest of the games including four live, one on Friday (Jets-Bengals), two on Saturday (Texans-Panthers and Titans-Seahawks) and one on Sunday (Rams-Colts).
NFL Network will air the rest on tape between over a seven day span. We have the entire schedule for you plus the announcers who will call the games.
PRESEASON WEEK 1:
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‘NFL Preseason Live’ Provides Live Look-Ins of Week 1 Preseason Games Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 PM ET
NFL.com’s “NFL Preseason Live” Offers Games On Demand & New ‘Condensed Games’
Four Live Week 1 Games on NFL Network:
Jets at Bengals – Friday, August 10 at 7:30 PM ET
Texans at Panthers – Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 PM ET
Titans at Seahawks – Saturday at 10:00 PM ET
Rams at Colts – Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 PM ET
Say goodbye to the offseason. It’s time to get “Back to Football” and NFL Media remains the ultimate destination to do so.
On Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, NFL Preseason Live provides live look-ins of Week 1 preseason games, beginning with the opening kickoffs. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Lombardi take viewers around the league in NFL RedZone-style, delivering live game action and highlights of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints facing Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning making his Denver Broncos debut against the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III in his first NFL action against the Buffalo Bills, and more.
NFL Network’s live preseason game schedule kicks off on Friday, August 10 at 7:30 PM ET when Tim Tebow makes his New York Jets debut on the road against quarterback Andy Dalton, wide receiver A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals.
On Saturday, August 11, NFL Network features a doubleheader of live games, beginning at 7:00 PM ET with the 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers hosting the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans. At 10:00 PM ET, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returns to Seattle when the Tennessee Titans open their preseason schedule on the road against the Seahawks.
NFL Network’s live Week 1 preseason schedule concludes with No. 1 overall pick of the Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck making his NFL debut at home against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 PM ET.
NFL Network remains the only place to catch all 65 games of the 2012 NFL preseason schedule, beginning Thursday at 12 Midnight ET when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to Chicago to face quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears, followed by the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Baltimore Ravens at 3:00 AM ET.
NFL.com’s NFL Preseason Live returns to offer fans live and on-demand access to preseason games online and in HD. Full DVR controls allow fans to pause, rewind and replay both live and archived game action. Additional viewing options include picture-in-picture and a quad view mode which provides fans the ability to watch four games on the same screen.
New to NFL Preseason Live this year is the Condensed Games feature, which allows fans to watch every play from an entire game – from opening kickoff to the final whistle – in 30 minutes and commercial-free. For the first time, NFL Preseason Live is available on Android and iOS tablets with a free download.
Fans with NFL Mobile can watch NFL Network, including preseason games, live on their mobile devices around the clock.
Below is NFL Network’s Week 1 broadcast schedule.
NFL NETWORK 2012 WEEK 1 PRESEASON GAMES SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES EASTERN; LIVE GAMES IN BOLD; ALL GAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION)
Thursday, August 9
12 Midnight – Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
3:00 AM – Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons
Friday, August 10
10:00 AM – Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
1:00 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
4:00 PM – Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills
7:30 PM – New York Jets at Cincinnati – LIVE
2:00 AM – Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
Saturday, August 11
6:00 AM – Green Bay Packers at San Diego Chargers
9:00 AM – Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
12 Noon – New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars
3:00 PM – New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
7:00 PM – Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers – LIVE
10:00 PM – Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks – LIVE
2:00 AM – Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
Sunday, August 12
7:30 AM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins
10:30 AM – Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
1:30 PM – St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts – LIVE
6:00 PM – Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills
9:00 PM – St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts
12 Midnight – Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
3:00 AM – New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
Monday, August 13
10:00 AM – Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs
1:00 PM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins
4:00 PM – Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons
12 Midnight – New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
3:00 AM – Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks
Tuesday, August 14
10:00 AM – New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars
1:00 PM – Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers
4:00 PM – Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
8:00 PM – Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
12 Midnight – Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders
3:00 AM – Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs
Wednesday, August 15
10:00 AM – Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills
1:00 PM – Green Bay Packers at San Diego Chargers
4:00 PM – Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs
8:00 PM – New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
12 Midnight – Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
3:00 AM – Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
Thursday, August 16
10:00 AM – Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons
1:00 PM – New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
4:00 PM – Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
The following broadcast teams will be calling each Week 1 matchup on NFL Network:
Game Play-by-Play Analyst Sideline Redskins at Bills Ray Bentley Steve Tasker Mike Catalana Ravens at Falcons Tim Brandt Charles Davis Laura Okmin Saints at Patriots Don Criqui Randy Cross N/A Steelers at Eagles Scott Graham Brian Baldinger Jeff Skversky Packers at Chargers* Mike Tirico Jon Gruden Suzy Kolber Broncos at Bears Sam Rosen Jim Miller Lou Canellis Jets at Bengals Brad Johansen Anthony Munoz Mike Valpredo Browns at Lions Matt Shepard Rob Rubick Tom Leyden Giants at Jaguars Kevin Harlan Tony Boselli Brent Martineau Buccaneers at Dolphins Dick Stockton Bob Griese/Nat Moore Kim Bokamper Cardinals at Chiefs Paul Burmeister Trent Green Josh Looney Vikings at 49ers Dennis O’Donnell Tim Ryan Vern Glenn Texans at Panthers Mike Morgan Mike Rucker Pete Yanity Titans at Seahawks Curt Menefee Warren Moon N/A Rams at Colts Andrew Siciliano Marshall Faulk/Orlando Pace Maurice Drummond Cowboys at Raiders* Mike Tirico Jon Gruden Suzy Kolber
* – ESPN National Telecast
And that’s it.