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NFL Network goes 'Back to Football' with preseason Week 1

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Special "Around the League: Preseason 2011" airs Thursday


Super Bowl champion Packers kick off their preseason live on NFL Network vs. Browns on Saturday


NFL Network is No. 1 destination for fans to get "Back to Football"


On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET, "Around the League: Preseason 2011" provides live look-ins of preseason games, beginning with the opening kickoffs. Host Rich Eisen and analyst Daryl Johnston take viewers around the league, delivering live game action and highlights of the Eagles' Michael Vick against the Ravens, Patriots' Tom Brady taking on the Jaguars, the quarterback battle between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver, and more.

NFL Network's live preseason game schedule kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET when the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers take the field in Cleveland against the Browns. Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers leads the high-scoring Packers offense against quarterback Colt McCoy. Cleveland's Pat Shurmur makes his NFL head coaching debut after spending last season as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.

NFL Network's schedule featuring all 64 preseason games begins Thursday at 11 p.m. ET when Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens travel to Philadelphia to face Vick and the new-look Eagles.

Coverage of Week 1 of the preseason continues with two games on Friday, Aug. 12. At 4 p.m. ET, Tom Brady and new wide receiver Chad Ochocinco lead the New England Patriots against the Jacksonville Jaguars in rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert's first start. At 11:30 p.m. ET, Denver quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow battle for the starting position against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

On Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network airs No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton's first game when the Carolina Panthers open their preseason schedule hosting the New York Giants.

In total, NFL Network's Week 1 preseason game coverage consists of 43 games (including re-airs), highlighted by seven contests on Saturday, August 13 and eight on Sunday, Aug. 14 beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Week 1 matchups continue Monday, Aug. 15 through Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 a.m. ET, with six games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and four games on Thursday.

For the second year, NFL.com's NFL Preseason Live offers live preseason games where available (games only available out of market) with full DVR controls allowing fans to pause, rewind and replay both live and archived game action. Additional viewing options include picture-in-picture -- dual and quad views -- providing the ability to watch multiple games on the same screen.

NFL Network air times for 2011 preseason Week 1 games


Thursday, Aug. 11

11 p.m. ET - Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles

Friday, Aug. 12

1 p.m. ET - Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles
4 p.m. ET - Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
11:30 PM - Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys
2:30 a.m. ET - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Saturday, Aug. 13

7 p.m. ET - Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers
10 p.m. ET - Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions
1 p.m. ET - Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons
4 p.m. ET - Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
7:30 p.m. ET - Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns (LIVE)
10:30 p.m. ET - San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
1:30 a.m. ET - Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Aug. 14

7 p.m. ET - Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
10 p.m. ET - Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans
1 p.m. ET - New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
4 p.m. ET - Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys
7 p.m. ET - Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears
10 p.m. ET - Indianapolis Colts at St. Louis Rams
1 a.m. ET - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders
4 a.m. ET - Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs

Monday, Aug. 15

7 a.m. ET - Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
10 a.m. ET - Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles
1 p.m. ET - New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
4 p.m. ET - Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns
11 p.m. ET - Indianapolis Colts at St. Louis Rams
2 a.m. ET - Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers

Tuesday, Aug. 16

7 a.m. ET - Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons
10 a.m. ET - Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions
1 p.m. ET - Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans
4 p.m. ET - Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
8 p.m. ET - Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
12 a.m. ET - San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints

Wednesday, Aug. 17

7 a.m. ET - New York Jets at Houston Texans
10 a.m. ET - Indianapolis Colts at St. Louis Rams
1 p.m. ET - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders
4 p.m. ET - Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears
8 p.m. ET - Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys
12 a.m. ET - Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans

Thursday, Aug. 18

7 a.m. ET - New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
10 a.m. ET - San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
1 p.m. ET - Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys
4 p.m. ET - Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins

Broadcast teams for Week 1 games on NFL Network
Game
Play-by-play
Analyst(s)
Sideline
Don Tollefson
Brian Baldinger and Hugh Douglas
Jeff Sversky
Don Criqui
Randy Cross
Steve Burton
Bill Jones
Babe Laufenberg
 
Greg Papa
Jim Plunkett and Tom Flores
George Atkinson
Seahawks at Chargers (on ESPN)
Mike Tirico
Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski
Suzy Kolber
Matt Shepard
Rob Rubrick
Tom Leyden
Rich Cellini
Charles Davis
Laura Okmin
Kenny Albert
Joe Theismann
Rick Walker
Kevin Harlan
Rich Gannon and Larry McCarren
Jessie Garcia
Tim Brando
Solomon Wilcots
Mike Nabors
Ari Wolfe
Mike Mayock
Randy Shaver
Bob Papa
Carl Banks
Howard Cross and Bruce Beck
Sam Rosen
Erik Kramer
Lou Canellis
Colts at Rams
Andrew Siciliano
Marshall Faulk
Maurice Drummond and Orlando Pace
Buccaneers at Chiefs (on FOX)
Thom Brennaman
Brian Billick
Laura Okmin
Mike Tirico
Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski
Suzy Kolber


NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. For more information, log on to www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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