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Five games to circle on the 2017 NFL preseason schedule

by SI NFL

The NFL released its 2017 preseason schedule on Monday afternoon.

The preseason kicks off on Aug. 3 with the Hall of Fame Game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys.

Here are five other highlights to look out for:

• Rookie quarterbacks dominate the preseason discussion every year, and the 49ers and Chiefs could both be breaking in first-round picks when they meet in Kansas City in Week 1. Alex Smith may only play a few snaps against his former team before giving way to the backups.

• In the only 2016 playoff rematch on the slate, the Patriots travel to Houston for a Week 2 matchup with the Texans and Bill Belichick protegé Bill O'Brien.

• The Browns host the Giants for the first calendar-correct Monday Night Football telecast of the year on Aug. 21, which should double as the first national exposure for whichever quarterback Cleveland selects at some point in the draft at the end of April.

• The first Battle of Los Angeles will be on Aug. 26, when the newly relocated Chargers take on the Rams at the Coliseum (8 p.m. ET, CBS).

• The defending NFC champion Falcons will break in their brand-new digs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a Week 3 date with the Cardinals.

The complete week-by-week schedule is below.

Week 1: Aug. 10–14

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
?Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams
?Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
?Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
?Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers?
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots?
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills?
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns?
Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals
?Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers?
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants?
San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs?
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals?
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets?
Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens

Week 2: Aug. 17–21

Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers
?Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins?
Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles
?Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans?
Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals
?Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
?Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins?
Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys
?Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals
?Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
?Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks?
New England Patriots at Houston Texans?
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers
?New York Giants at Cleveland Browns?
New York Jets at Detroit Lions?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 3: Aug. 24–27

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons?
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens?
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars?
Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans?
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins?
Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos?
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints?
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
?Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks
?Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams
?Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles
?New England Patriots at Detroit Lions?
New York Jets at New York Giants?
Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys?
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings

Week 4: Aug. 31–Sept. 1

Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos?
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints?
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
?Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
?Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans
?Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills?
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons?
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
?Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers
?Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings?
New York Giants at New England Patriots?
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets?
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers?
Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders?
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs?
Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The regular season schedule is expected to be released later this month.


Written by News Desk


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