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NFL preseason schedule 2021: Dates, times, TV channels for every game, week by week

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One year after having no preseason, the NFL will kick off a three-game version on August 5.

The NFL elected to cancel the preseason last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant two things. For players, it meant that they could not prove themselves on the field as they looked to challenge for back-end roster spots. That certainly hurt the players on the bubble of 53-man rosters, but expanded practice squads gave them a chance to make teams.

For fans, it meant another five-week layoff from the NFL, something that was particularly hard to stomach given the sports hiatus that occurred during the early stages of the pandemic.

MORE: Watch select NFL preseason games with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

But now, the preseason is back, albeit a condensed version of the preseason. The league has added a 17th game to the rotation this year which has resulted in the preseason being trimmed to three games for all but two teams. The only teams that will play four times are the Steelers and the Cowboys, who will square off in the Hall of Fame Game to start the preseason on Aug. 5.

Below is the full schedule for every week of the 2021 NFL preseason, as well as how to watch each game.

When does 2021 NFL preseason start and end?

  • Start date: Thursday, Aug. 5
  • End date: Sunday, Aug. 29

The NFL’s preseason will commence on Aug. 5 and will end a six-month drought of NFL action. This year, the preseason will kick off with the Steelers and the Cowboys meeting at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio for the annual Hall of Fame Game.

Both the Steelers and Cowboys will play four preseason games while the rest of the league will play three. This marks the first year with the NFL’s new three-game preseason format and 17-game regular season format.

The NFL preseason will end on Aug. 29 with kickoff of the season opener between the Cowboys and Buccaneers set for Thursday, Sept. 9 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

MORE: Will NFL fine Bucs for failing to disclose Tom Brady injury in 2020?

How to watch NFL preseason games on TV

Throughout the preseason, a select number of preseason games each week will be shown nationally on NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and NFL Network. This year, NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN are combining to show just five national games during the preseason as a tune up for their broadcasters. The NFL Network will air some games live and will re-air all 49 games in the lead-up to the regular season.

NFL Game Pass — available for $99.99 — provides live access to every preseason game, as well as replays of every game.

Nationally televised games on NBC, Fox, CBS and NFL Network can also be streamed live using fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

NFL preseason schedule: Week 1

Thursday, Aug. 5 (Hall of Fame Game)

Game Time (ET) TV
Steelers vs. Cowboys (Canton, Ohio) 8 p.m. Fox, fuboTV

Thursday, Aug. 12

Game Time (ET) Channel
Patriots vs. Washington 7:30 p.m. WBZ, WRC
Eagles vs. Steelers 7:30 p.m. WCAU, KDKA

Friday, Aug. 13

Game Time (ET) Channel
Falcons vs. Titans 7 p.m. WUPA, WKRN
Lions vs. Bills 7 p.m. WJBK, WKBW
Cardinals vs. Cowboys 10 p.m. KPNX, KTVT

Saturday, Aug. 14

Game Time (ET) Channel
Bears vs. Dolphins 1 p.m. WFLD, WFOR
Vikings vs. Broncos 4 p.m. KMSP, KTVD
Ravens vs. Saints 7 p.m. WBAL, WVUE
Jaguars vs. Browns 7 p.m. WJAX, WEWS
Giants vs. Jets 7:30 p.m. WNBC
Buccaneers vs. Bengals 7:30 p.m. WRSP, WFTV, WKRC
Packers vs. Texans 8 p.m. WTMJ, KTRK
49ers vs. Chiefs 8:30 p.m. KPIX, KCTV
Raiders vs. Seahawks 9 p.m. KTVU, KING
Rams vs. Chargers 10 p.m. KCBS, KABC

Sunday, Aug. 15

Game Time (ET) Channel
Colts vs. Panthers 1 p.m. WXIN, WSOC

NFL preseason schedule: Week 2

Thursday, Aug. 19

Game Time (ET) Channel
Eagles vs. Patriots 7:30 p.m. WCAU, WBZ

Friday, Aug. 20

Game Time (ET) Channel
Cardinals vs. Chiefs 8 p.m. ESPN, KPNX, KCTV, fuboTV
Washington vs. Bengals 8 p.m. WRC, WKRC

Saturday, Aug. 21

Game Time (ET) Channel
Bears vs. Bills 1 p.m. WFLD, WKBW
Packers vs. Jets 4:25 p.m. WTMJ, WNBC
Panthers vs. Ravens 7 p.m. WSOC, WBAL
Dolphins vs. Falcons 7 p.m. WFOR, WUPA
Steelers vs. Lions 7:30 p.m. KDKA, WJBK
Buccaneers vs. Titans 7:30 p.m. WTSP, WFTV, WKRN
Cowboys vs. Texans 8 p.m. KTVT, KTRK
Vikings vs. Colts 8 p.m. KMSP, WXIN
Rams vs. Raiders 10 p.m. KCBS, KTVU
Seahawks vs. Broncos 10 p.m. KING, KTVD

Sunday, Aug. 22

Game Time (ET) Channel
Browns vs. Giants 1 p.m. KTVD, WNBC
Chargers vs. 49ers 7:30 p.m. KABC, KPIX

Monday, Aug. 23

Game Time (ET) Channel
Saints vs. Jaguars 8 p.m. ESPN, WVUE, WJAX, fuboTV

NFL preseason schedule: Week 3

Friday, Aug. 27

Game Time (ET) Channel
Lions vs. Colts 7 p.m. WJBK, WXIN
Panthers vs. Steelers 7:30 p.m. WSOC, KDKA
Jets vs. Eagles 7:30 p.m. WCAU, WNBC
Chiefs vs. Vikings 8 p.m. KCTV, KMSP

Saturday, Aug. 28

Game Time (ET) Channel
Bills vs. Packers 1 p.m. WKBW, WTMJ
Washington vs. Ravens 6 p.m. WRC, WBAL
Titans vs. Bears 7 p.m. WKRN, WFLD
Texans vs. Buccaneers 8 p.m. KTRK, WRSP, WFTV
Saints vs. Cardinals 8 p.m. WVUE, KPNX
Broncos vs. Rams 9:05 p.m. KTVD, KCBS
Seahawks vs. Chargers 10 p.m. KING, KABC

Sunday, Aug. 29

Game Time (ET) Channel
Cowboys vs. Jaguars 1 p.m. KTVT, WJAX
Bengals vs. Dolphins 4 p.m. CBS, WKRC, WFOR, fuboTV
49ers vs. Raiders 4 p.m. KPIX, KTVU
Giants vs. Patriots 6 p.m. WNBC, WBZ
Falcons vs. Browns 8 p.m. NBC, WUPA, WEWS, fuboTV

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LeBron James reacts to Lakers signing Carmelo Anthony and other free agents

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James responded to the team’s active participation in free agency so far, leading some to state he’s the real general manager.

James has long had a say in who joins his team, and who doesn’t. Dating back to his days with the Miami Heat, where he created the Big 3 on the fly, LeBron has orchestrated some of the best superteams the NBA has ever seen.

LeBron took to his instagram story after Lakers general manager (the real one, we presume) Rob Pelinka inked Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore, Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and Carmelo Anthony. They also traded for Russell Westbrook.

https://twitter.com/pickuphoop/status/1422664238183628803

That is…a ton of roster moves, and it should make for a completely retooled Lakers squad come the start of the 2021-22 season.

NBA Free Agency: Are the Lakers favorites to win the Title?

The Brooklyn Nets remain the technical favorites, per WynnBet. But that could change at any moment, as the Lakers continue to be active on the free agent market.

The Lakers roster remains ancient in terms of average player age, so staying healthy will be paramount to a team that lost both of its star players in James and Anthony Davis for long stretches last season.

The Western Conference is also as competitive as ever. Assuming the Clippers can bring back Kawhi Leonard, they’ll be a force. The Denver Nuggets should return Jamal Murray, and the Jazz had the best regular-season record in the conference. Oh, and how about those Phoenix Suns, who made the NBA Finals? Chris Paul is back in the desert.

Where, exactly, do the Lakers fit in? Considering them favorites in a crowded conference without playing a game together feels like a stretch.

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Naomi Osaka, Sofia Kenin withdraw from National Bank Open

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Naomi Osaka and Sofia Kenin are among the latest top players to withdraw from the upcoming National Bank Open, the tournament announced Tuesday.

The announcement comes after a slew of big names on the men’s side — including Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Stan Wawrinka — dropped out of the event, formerly known as the Rogers Cup, late last month.

“I am sorry to be missing out on Montreal this year,” said Osaka, who is fresh off competing at the Tokyo Olympics, in a press release.

“Sending my best to all the fans there, the tournament and the staff. I hope to see you all in Canada next year,” added the world No. 2.

Kenin, the fourth-ranked player on the WTA Tour, continues to recover from a foot injury that has kept her sidelined since Wimbledon.

“I’m really disappointed to withdraw from the event in Montreal next week,” said Kenin. “While I’m making progress, my foot injury is not where I need it to be to play at the highest level. I feel another week of recovery and rehab is necessary. I want to thank Tennis Canada for all its efforts in holding the event during such challenging times. Best of luck to all the players.”

World No. 8 Iga Swiatek will also skip out on the tournament, which is set to kick off Aug. 6 with the men’s side in Montreal and the women in Toronto, to rest and prepare for the final stretch of the season.

With Osaka, Kenin and Swiatek out, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus becomes the first seed.

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WI vs PAK 4th T20I: Babar Azam’s Pakistan clinch series 1-0 after rain washes out 4th T20 as well

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WI vs PAK 4th T20I: Babar Azam’s Pakistan clinch series 1-0 against Kieron Pollard’s West Indies after rain washes out 4th T20 as well

WI vs PAK 4th T20I: Babar Azam’s Pakistan win series 1-0 after rain washes out 4th T20: Babar Azam’s Pakistan won the 4-match T20 series against West Indies after rain washed out the 4th and final T20I as well. West Indies Kieron Pollard will be disappointed the way the series ended. Fletcher and Chris Gayle gave West Indies a good start but the covers had to come on within 3 overs.

After the win against Australia 4-1, West Indies were on a high but they fell short in the 2nd T20I against Pakistan by 7 runs while the other 3 matches were washed out, dealing a blow to their chances. It also means that Pakistan now have won three back-to-back series in West Indies.


Babar Azam | Pakistan captain: “As a team we wanted to execute a few plans, try combinations, but we couldn’t do that because of rain. Difficult to stay away from family in these times and play cricket. But credit to the management for doing well. We wanted to improve on the areas we were lacking, try combinations. We have a few more games to do that. Looking forward to the Tests. We will now switch our minds to the Test format,” quoted Cricbuzz.

The two teams will next lock horns against each other in two-match Test series. The opening Test will kick off on August 12 (Thursday).

WI vs PAK 4th T20I LIVE:

@11:55 PM: Bad news, the 4th T20 too has been abandoned with Babar Azam’s Pakistan winning the series 1-0.

@11:33 PM: Cut-off time for the match is 11:59 PM for a 5-an-over match.

@11:30 PM: Twist in tale, it’s drizzling, covers are back on

@11:15 PM: Play to resume at 11:30 PM. Over reduced to 9 a side.

@11:10 PM: Play likely to resume at 11:30 Pm IST, a decision on number of overs soon

@11:00 PM: Umpires on the field, a decision on number of overs soon.

@10:40 PM: Official inspection at 10:50 PM IST. Match is set to resume.

WI vs PAK 4th T20I LIVE: @10:31 PM: Some good news at last. The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.

@10:20 PM: The news isn’t good. The intensity of the rain has decreased but it’s still pouring.

@9:50 PM: No respite from rain as West Indies and Pakistan wait for rain to pass. If it gets washed out again, West Indies will lose the series 1-0.

WI vs PAK 4th T20I LIVE: @9:35 PM: It’s still raining but not as heavy as before. Should clear up in 10-15 minutes time as per weather report.

@9:10 PM: Not good news, it has started pouring heavily now and more covers are being brought in now.

@9:00 PM: The rain is not heavy but no stopping yet.

@8:48 PM: Rain comes back to play spoilsport once again. It remains to be seen how long it takes for rain to go away. Covers are on, outfield is also covered.

Over 3: Fletcher looks in mood, hammers Hasan Ali for a 4. WI 30/0

Over 2: Another good over. Chris Gayle in charge, takes on Wasim Jr. WI 26/0

Over 1: Mohammed Hafeez opens bowling again for Pakistan but Andre Flecther is all over him, hammers him for 2 6s. WI 14/0

WI vs PAK 4th T20I LIVE: West Indies Innings: 30/0 (3 ovs)

Andre Fletcher Not out 17 12 1 2 141.67
Chris Gayle Not out 12 6 2 0 200.00
Extra 1 (b 0, w 0, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 30/0 (3)
Yet To Bat Shimron HetmyerDJ BravoNicholas PooranKieron PollardAD RussellJason HolderRomario ShepherdHayden WalshAJ Hosein

 

As for Playing XI, as predicted, both have fielded an unchanged XI.

West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Kieron Pollard(c), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein

Pakistan (Playing XI): Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir

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