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Five preseason games to watch

The NFL announced its preseason matchups on April 9, but we didn't know the exact dates and times ... until Monday. The full schedule can be seen here. While we still don't know where the big-name rookie quarterbacks will be playing, a number of games on the schedule stand out.

Here are five games that caught our fancy:

1. New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. ET: We already knew about the Hall of Fame Game, but it's still an intriguing way to start the preseason schedule. The Giants have remade their roster more than nearly any team in the league. This is a huge preseason for Bills quarterback EJ Manuel to show he's made progress from his rookie year. He has plenty of weapons in place after the team's recent addition of Mike Williams.

2014 preseason national TV schedule (all times ET)
Network (time)
Sunday, Aug. 3
Bills vs. Giants (Canton, Ohio)
NBC (8 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug. 14
ESPN (8 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 17
Fox (8 p.m.)
Monday, Aug. 18
ESPN (8 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 22
CBS (8 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 23
CBS (8 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 24
Fox (4 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 24
NBC (8 p.m.)

2. Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, Aug. 7, 9 p.m. ET: The Seahawks and Broncos have played in four consecutive preseasons, so this isn't a surprise. The Broncos will have to wait until the teams' regular season matchup in Week 3 for a chance to enact any sort of meaningful revenge.

3. Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. ET: This will be the first extended look at Jay Gruden's take on a Robert Griffin III offense. (Plus it's on ESPN, so we can hear Jon Gruden try not to get overexcited about DeSean Jackson on his bro's team.) The Browns, meanwhile, should feature Brian Hoyer battling a rookie quarterback to be named later.

4. Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. ET: The third week of the preseason includes the best action. Starters often play into the second half, and viewers get the longest look at new players. We should get a good sense of how Cam Newton looks coming off ankle surgery with a revamped receiver group. Darrelle Revis should be matched on Carolina's top wideout ... Jerricho Cotchery?

5. New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles, Aug. 28, 7 p.m. ET: The fourth week of the preseason usually is a snoozer, but this has spice. Michael Vick returns to Philly and Mark Sanchez faces the Jets. Based on Rex Ryan's indecision in last year's quarterback battle, Vick and Geno Smith still might be angling for the Jets' starting job in this game. (Vick should just hope he doesn't have to play behind the Jets' third-string offensive line.)

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