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Thursday, April 4, 2013
The AFC South's preseason matchups

By Paul Kuharsky

The best thing about preseason football, of course, is that its arrival means regular-season football isn’t too far away.

Here is the schedule for preseason AFC South teams. Specific dates and times are still to be determined for all but the two nationally televised contests.

Week 1 (Aug. 8-12)
Houston at Minnesota

Indianapolis vs. Buffalo

Jacksonville vs. Miami

Tennessee vs. Washington

Week 2 (Aug. 15-19)
Houston vs. Miami

Indianapolis at NY Giants, (Sun. Aug. 18, Fox, 8 p.m. ET)

Jacksonville at Jets (safe to presume not on Sun. Aug. 18)

Tennessee at Cincinnati

Week 3 (Aug. 22-26)
Houston vs. New Orleans (Sun. Aug. 25, Fox, 3 p.m. CT)

Indianapolis vs. Cleveland

Jacksonville vs. Philadelphia

Tennessee vs. Atlanta

Week 4 (Aug. 28-30)
Houston at Dallas

Indianapolis at Cincinnati

Jacksonville at Atlanta

Tennessee at Minnesota

Most interesting game (using "interesting" in a preseason context): Texans against New Orleans. Week 3 should give us full lineups for at least a half. We'll see how the Texans, who were shredded by Drew Brees in New Orleans in the 2011 regular season, can handle a high-powered passing game. We'll see how the Houston offense operates against a defense revamped under coordinator Rob Ryan.

Best player we won't see: The Redskins can pump up the timetable of Robert Griffin III's recovery from a torn-up knee, but the odds of him playing on the opening weekend of the preseason in Tennessee are tiny.

Game most likely to make someone look good: The Texans typically sit their top guys -- a very high number -- for their preseason finale. So if Dallas wants to give Tony Romo a chance to head into the regular season off a big game, they'll have the chance at Cowboys Stadium.

Biggest quirk: The Jaguars and Colts playing at the same road stadium on the same weekend. In Week 2 we'll see the Jags at the Jets and the Colts at the Giants, both, obviously, at MetLife Stadium.

Most interesting team to visit: The Eagles under Chip Kelly are going to be very interesting, and Week 3 is the best week. The Jaguars draw a guest that should be intriguing to watch.