The NFL has announced the preseason schedule for the 2012 NFL season. The first game of the preseason will be the annual Hall of Fame game between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. (ET) on NFL Network.
Other highlights from the national TV schedule for preseason include the Colts (and probably Andrew Luck) playing the Steelers in Pittsburgh in Week 2, Jim Schwartz trying his luck on handshakes with the Baltimore-based Harbaugh brother in Week 2, as well as the 49ers and Broncos, who both pursued Peyton Manning, meeting in the preseason finale.
Also of note is that the national TV schedule includes every team from the 2011 playoff field.
The rest of the preseason games don't have dates attached to them (yet) but the national TV games have been scheduled. Here are all the nationally televised games for the preseason:
|2012 NFL preseason national television schedule|
|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)|