Preseaon Schedule Features Postseason Redux

It kicks off in Canton, Ohio…showcases every 2006 playoff team…and includes a rematch of Super Bowl XLI. Those are among the highlights of a 15-game national television preseason schedule that was announced today by the NFL, along with the complete list of 2007 preseason matchups.

The preseason begins on Sunday night, August 5 with the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio when the New Orleans Saints face the Pittsburgh Steelers on NFL Network at 8:00 PM ET. The Saints marched to a division title and advanced to the NFC Championship Game last season, led by AP Coach of the Year SEAN PAYTON and Pro Bowl quarterback DREW BREES. The Steelers enter the 2007 season under the guidance of MIKE TOMLIN, who will make his head-coaching debut in Canton.

On Monday night, August 20, the Chicago Bears visit the Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of Super Bowl XLI on ESPN (8:00 PM ET). It will mark the first home game for the Super Bowl champion Colts since defeating the Bears on February 4 in South Florida.

The NFL also announced that the trip to China slated for this year (a preseason matchup between the Seahawks and Patriots) has been cancelled, a move to focus on the first regular season game in league history outside of the United States.

The American Bowl preseason game in China, originally set for August 9 in Beijing between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, will be rescheduled. Working in partnership with the Beijing municipal authorities, the NFL will plan to play a game at the National Stadium of Beijing in August of 2009.

“The regular-season game initiative was approved by NFL ownership after we announced the China Bowl. Therefore, we will focus this year’s efforts on the regular-season game,” commented MARK WALLER, senior vice president of NFL International.

“Our assessment is that Chinese fans would be better served if our game in China is played at a later date after we have launched our international series of regular-season games and more effectively paved the way for the introduction of our game into China,” added Waller. “As a new sport in China, it is critical that we create the best platform for the introduction of the game. We are delighted Beijing authorities have agreed with our assessment and have invited us to play in Beijing in 2009.”

NFL International is presently establishing an office in Beijing and will partner with the city to build fan interest in American football prior to the 2009 flagship event.

Following is the 2007 NFL preseason national television schedule:


(All times Eastern)







Sunday, August 5

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH:
New Orleans vs. Pittsburgh

NFLN (8:00 PM)

Preseason Week 1 (August 9-13)




Thursday, August 9

Indianapolis at Dallas

FOX (8:00 PM)

Friday, August 10

Buffalo at New Orleans

CBS (8:00 PM)

Saturday, August 11

Washington at Tennessee

NFLN (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 12

Seattle at San Diego

NBC (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 13

Denver at San Francisco

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Preseason Week 2 (August 16-20)




Thursday, August 16

Miami at Kansas City

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Friday, August 17

Minnesota at New York Jets

FOX (8:00 PM)

Saturday, August 18

San Diego at St. Louis

CBS (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 19

New York Giants at Baltimore

NBC (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 20

Chicago at Indianapolis

ESPN (8:00 PM)




Preseason Week 3 (August 23-27)




Thursday, August 23

Jacksonville at Green Bay

FOX (8:00 PM)

Friday, August 24

New England at Carolina

CBS (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 26

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

NBC (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 27

Cincinnati at Atlanta

ESPN (8:00 PM)



New Orleans vs. Pittsburgh (NFLN)

Indianapolis at Dallas (FOX, 8/9)
Buffalo at New Orleans (CBS, 8/10)
Washington at Tennessee (NFLN, 8/11)
Seattle at San Diego (NBC, 8/12)
Denver at San Francisco (ESPN, 8/13)
Arizona at Oakland
Atlanta at New York Jets
Carolina at New York Giants
Chicago at Houston
Cincinnati at Detroit
Green Bay at Pittsburgh
Jacksonville at Miami
Kansas City at Cleveland
New England at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia at Baltimore
St. Louis at Minnesota

WEEK 2: AUGUST 16-20
Miami at Kansas City (ESPN, 8/16)
Minnesota at New York Jets (FOX, 8/17)
San Diego at St. Louis (CBS, 8/18)
New York Giants at Baltimore (NBC, 8/19)
Chicago at Indianapolis (ESPN, 8/20)
Atlanta at Buffalo
Carolina at Philadelphia
Denver at Dallas
Detroit at Cleveland
Houston at Arizona
New Orleans at Cincinnati
Oakland at San Francisco
Pittsburgh at Washington
Seattle at Green Bay
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville
Tennessee at New England

WEEK 3: AUGUST 23-27
Jacksonville at Green Bay (FOX, 8/23)
New England at Carolina (CBS, 8/24)
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (NBC, 8/26)
Cincinnati at Atlanta (ESPN, 8/27)
Baltimore at Washington
Cleveland at Denver
Dallas at Houston
Detroit at Indianapolis
Minnesota at Seattle
New Orleans at Kansas City
New York Jets at New York Giants
St. Louis at Oakland
San Francisco at Chicago
San Diego at Arizona
Tennessee at Buffalo
Tampa Bay at Miami

Arizona at Denver
Baltimore at Atlanta
Buffalo at Detroit
Cleveland at Chicago
Dallas at Minnesota
Green Bay at Tennessee
Houston at Tampa Bay
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Pittsburgh at Carolina
Kansas City at St. Louis
Miami at New Orleans
New York Giants at New England
New York Jets at Philadelphia
Oakland at Seattle
San Francisco at San Diego
Washington at Jacksonville Top Stories