NFL Nation: preseason schedule

New Orleans' preseason schedule

April, 4, 2013
Coach Sean Payton’s return to the sidelines will come in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. After sitting out last season because of a suspension, Payton and the Saints will open their preseason schedule at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The exact time and date of the game have yet to be finalized, but it will be sometime between Aug. 8 and 11. The Saints also will be at home with Oakland in Week 2 (Aug. 15 to 19).

On Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. ET, the Saints will play a nationally televised game (on FOX) at Houston. The Saints will close their preseason at Miami on either Aug. 29 or 30. That will be the first time the Saints have been to Sun Life Stadium since winning Super Bowl XLIV.
After coming within 10 yards of the Super Bowl and having an active offseason, the Atlanta Falcons already figured to be in the spotlight as next season opens.

As it turns out, they’ll be on the national stage even before that. The Falcons will kick off their preseason at the Georgia Dome at 8 p.m. against Cincinnati in a nationally televised game (ESPN). In Week 2 of the preseason, they’ll travel to Baltimore to play the defending Super Bowl champions. The exact date and time for that hasn’t been set yet, but it will be between Aug. 15 and 19.

In Week 3 (Aug. 22-26), Atlanta will travel to Tennessee. The final preseason game will be at home against Jacksonville on Aug. 29, but the exact time for that has yet to be determined.
The NFL released its 2012 preseason schedules Wednesday. It's a tease to the eventual release of the regular-season schedule.

Here are the exhibition schedules in the AFC East:

Buffalo Bills
  • Week 1: Washington
  • Week 2: at Minnesota
  • Week: 3: Pittsburgh
  • Week 4: at Detroit
Miami Dolphins
  • Week 1: Tampa Bay
  • Week 2: at Carolina
  • Week 3: Atlanta
  • Week 4: at Dallas
New England Patriots
  • Week 1: New Orleans
  • Week 2: Philadelphia
  • Week 3: at Tampa Bay
  • Week 4: at New York Giants
New York Jets
  • Week 1: at Cincinnati
  • Week 2: New York Giants
  • Week 3: Carolina
  • Week 4: at Philadelphia

A few things stood out. For starters, we have a Super Bowl rematch between the Patriots and Giants. These teams see each other a lot in the preseason, regular season and playoffs. It's almost to the level of being division rivals. Unfortunately, this game is in the final week of the preseason, and we're going to see a ton of backups most of the game. New England also will face the Saints in Week 1 of the preseason, which marks New Orleans' first game since its bounty controversy and suspension of head coach Sean Payton.

The new-look Bills defensive line most likely will debut in the preseason against former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. That should be a good test for Buffalo's Mario Williams and Co. Washington is expected to take Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick. The Miami-Tampa Bay preseason opener will be the NFL debuts of both Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and Bucs head coach Greg Schiano.

Carolina preseason schedule

April, 4, 2012
The Carolina Panthers will get something this preseason they didn’t get all of last year -- a nationally televised game.

They’ll travel to play the New York Jets at 8 p.m. ET on Aug. 26. That game will be carried on NBC. Preseason football isn’t always entertaining, but having Cam Newton and Tim Tebow on the same field should make this game attractive.

The exact dates and times for the other three preseason games haven’t been finalized yet. But the Panthers will open their preseason at home with Houston sometime between Aug. 9 and 13. They’ll follow that with another home game (Aug. 16-20) with Miami.

The Panthers will close their preseason either Aug. 29 or 30 at Pittsburgh.

New Orleans preseason schedule

April, 4, 2012
The New Orleans Saints will get plenty of national exposure in the preseason and they’ll also play an extra game.

It already had been announced the Saints will kick off the NFL’s preseason schedule against the Arizona Cardinals in the Aug. 5 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. That game will be carried on NFL Network. The Saints also will play a nationally-televised game Aug. 25 when they host Houston in a CBS game.

The exact dates haven’t been set for the other three games. But the Saints will play at New England sometime between Aug. 9 and 13. They’ll host Jacksonville between Aug. 16 and 20. They’ll finish their preseason either Aug. 29 or Aug. 30 at Tennessee.

Preseason schedule coming soon

April, 4, 2012
We already know the New Orleans Saints will kick off the preseason by playing in the Hall of Fame Game. We now also know the Saints will play at Tennessee in Week Four of the preseason.

Within a few hours, we should know all the preseason matchups for the Saints and the other three NFC South teams.

Preseason schedules are supposed to be announced some time Wednesday afternoon, so keep checking back. I’ll share them with you as soon as they're released.

The schedules coming Wednesday will list opponents in each week of the preseason, but exact dates won’t be announced until later. The regular-season schedule is expected to be announced later in April.



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