NFL preseason schedule opens with Cardinals-Saints on Aug. 5

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The NFL on Wednesday announced its schedule of nationally televised 2012 preseason games, starting with the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 5 (NFL Network, 8 p.m. ET) in Canton, Ohio.

Two teams looking to get back into the playoffs -- the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders -- will be showcased in prime time Monday, Aug. 13 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET).

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Chicago Bears on Friday, Aug. 24 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET) for their first nationally televised game since defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Exact dates and times for games not shown on national TV will be announced later.

2012 NFL preseason national television schedule
Date Matchup TV (time)
Hall of Fame Game
Sunday, Aug. 5 Arizona vs. New Orleans in Canton, Ohio NFL Network (8 p.m. ET)
Week 1 (Aug. 9-13)
Thursday, Aug. 9 Green Bay at San Diego ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 13 Dallas at Oakland ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Week 2 (Aug. 16-20)
Thursday, Aug. 16 Cincinnati at Atlanta FOX (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Aug. 17 Detroit at Baltimore FOX (8 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Aug. 19 Indianapolis at Pittsburgh NBC (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 20 Philadelphia at New England ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Week 3 (Aug. 23-26)
Thursday, Aug. 23 Arizona at Tennessee ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Aug. 24 Chicago at N.Y. Giants CBS (8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Aug. 25 Houston at New Orleans CBS (8 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Aug. 26 San Francisco at Denver FOX (4 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Aug. 26 Carolina at N.Y. Jets NBC (8 p.m. ET)


2012 NFL preseason schedule (All times ET)
Hall of Fame Game
Date Matchup
Aug. 5 Arizona vs. New Orleans in Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. (NFL Network)
Week 1 (Aug. 9-13)
Aug. 9 Green Bay at San Diego, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Aug. 13 Dallas at Oakland, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
TBA Arizona at Kansas City
TBA Baltimore at Atlanta
TBA Cleveland at Detroit
TBA Denver at Chicago
TBA Houston at Carolina
TBA Minnesota at San Francisco
TBA New Orleans at New England
TBA N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville
TBA N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati
TBA Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
TBA St. Louis at Indianapolis
TBA Tampa Bay at Miami
TBA Tennessee at Seattle
TBA Washington at Buffalo
Week 2 (Aug. 16-20)
Date Matchup
Aug. 16 Cincinnati at Atlanta, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Aug. 17 Detroit at Baltimore, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Aug. 19 Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Aug. 20 Philadelphia at New England, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
TBA Buffalo at Minnesota
TBA Cleveland at Green Bay
TBA Dallas at San Diego
TBA Jacksonville at New Orleans
TBA Kansas City at St. Louis
TBA Miami at Carolina
TBA N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets
TBA Oakland at Arizona
TBA San Francisco at Houston
TBA Seattle at Denver
TBA Tennessee at Tampa Bay
TBA Washington at Chicago
Week 3 (Aug. 23-26)
Date Matchup
Aug. 23 Arizona at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Aug. 24 Chicago at N.Y. Giants, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Aug. 25 Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Aug. 26 San Francisco at Denver, 4 p.m. (FOX)
Aug. 26 Carolina at N.Y. Jets, 8 p.m. (NBC)
TBA Atlanta at Miami
TBA Detroit at Oakland
TBA Green Bay at Cincinnati
TBA Indianapolis at Washington
TBA Jacksonville at Baltimore
TBA New England at Tampa Bay
TBA Philadelphia at Cleveland
TBA Pittsburgh at Buffalo
TBA San Diego at Minnesota
TBA Seattle at Kansas City
TBA St. Louis at Dallas
Week 4 (Aug. 29-30)
Date Matchup
TBA Atlanta at Jacksonville
TBA Baltimore at St. Louis
TBA Buffalo at Detroit
TBA Carolina at Pittsburgh
TBA Chicago at Cleveland
TBA Cincinnati at Indianapolis
TBA Denver at Arizona
TBA Kansas City at Green Bay
TBA Miami at Dallas
TBA Minnesota at Houston
TBA New England at N.Y. Giants
TBA New Orleans at Tennessee
TBA N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia
TBA Oakland at Seattle
TBA San Diego at San Francisco
TBA Tampa Bay at Washington




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