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8/11/15

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WE’RE BACK TO FOOTBALL!

FULL SLATE OF GAMES WITH ALL 32 TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEK
It’s time to get back to football!
“We’re looking forward to lining up against another team and playing in front of our fans,” says Arizona head coach BRUCE ARIANS, whose team will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
All 32 NFL clubs will be in action this week.
The preseason kicked off on Sunday with the NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. The other 30 NFL teams will make their season debuts this week.
Six games will be featured on national TV this week, all on NFL Network. The action starts with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Super Bowl XLIX champion New England Patriots on Thursday night (August 13, 7:30 PM ET) and concludes with the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon (August 16, 1:00 PM ET).


DATE

GAME

TIME (ET)

NETWORK

Thursday, August 13

Green Bay at New England

7:30 PM

NFLN

Thursday, August 13

Dallas at San Diego

10:30 PM*

NFLN

Friday, August 14

Tennessee at Atlanta

7:00 PM

NFLN

Friday, August 14

Denver at Seattle

10:00 PM

NFLN

Saturday, August 15

Tampa Bay at Minnesota

8:00 PM

NFLN

Sunday, August 16

Indianapolis at Philadelphia

1:00 PM

NFLN

*Joined live in progress. Game starts at 10:00 PM ET.
A closer look at the nationally televised games in Week 1 of the NFL preseason:
GREEN BAY PACKERS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (Thursday, NFLN, 7:30 PM ET)
NFL Network’s schedule of live preseason broadcasts begins with two teams geared to make a run to Super Bowl 50.
The Packers advanced to last season’s NFC Championship Game – only to fall in overtime at Seattle. Reigning NFL MVP AARON RODGERS will once again quarterback Green Bay’s offense, which ranks among the league’s elite.
The Patriots are looking to become the first team since 2004 to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The last club to accomplish the feat? New England (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX). The Patriots have won six consecutive division titles and New England is the only franchise to win 11 division championships in a 12-year span.
DALLAS COWBOYS at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (Thursday, NFLN, 10:00 PM ET)
The defending NFC East champion Cowboys hope to improve upon last season’s 12-4 finish and advancement to the Divisional Playoffs. Returning to Dallas’ potent offense are Pro Bowl quarterback TONY ROMO and All-Star wide receiver DEZ BRYANT along with a strong offensive line which helped Dallas average 147.1 rushing yards per game a year ago.
The Chargers narrowly missed out on a playoff berth last season, finishing 9-7. San Diego hopes the addition of first-round running back MELVIN GORDON (No. 15 overall from Wisconsin) will help propel an offense led by five-time Pro Bowl quarterback PHILIP RIVERS.
TENNESSEE TITANS at ATLANTA FALCONS (Friday, NFLN, 7:00 PM ET)
Titans quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA – the No. 2 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft – will see his first NFL action when he takes the field. The rookie quarterback out of Oregon has impressed early on in training camp and looks to continue that success in game action.

New Falcons head coach DAN QUINN comes to Atlanta after guiding the Seattle Seahawks’ defense into a dominant force. Pro Bowl quarterback MATT RYAN leads the Falcons on offense and is joined by wide receivers JULIO JONES and RODDY WHITE.


DENVER BRONCOS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (Friday, NFLN, 10:00 PM ET)
The Broncos and Seahawks – who met in Super Bowl XLVIII – enter 2015 with high expectations.
Denver, guided by new head coach GARY KUBIAK and Pro Bowl quarterback PEYTON MANNING, is seeking its fifth consecutive division title.
Seattle has advanced to the Super Bowl in each of the past two seasons – including the Seahawks’ 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII – and looks to continue that streak behind All-Star quarterback RUSSELL WILSON and a dominating defense led by its “Legion of Boom” secondary.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Saturday, NFLN, 8:00 PM ET)
Quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, will make his debut for the Buccaneers. Winston comes to Tampa Bay after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2013 and helping Florida State claim the National Championship.
The Vikings, who defeated Pittsburgh 14-3 in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game last week, will play their second preseason game. Under head coach MIKE ZIMMER, Minnesota is now 5-0 in the preseason. Second-year quarterback TEDDY BRIDGEWATER was sharp in last week’s opener, completing five of six passes in his one series of play.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Sunday, NFLN, 1:00 PM ET)
Colts quarterback ANDREW LUCK has guided Indianapolis to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, including two consecutive division titles and an appearance in last year’s AFC Championship Game. With the additions of veteran running back FRANK GORE and wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON, head coach CHUCK PAGANO’s team is looking to take the next step in 2015.
Head coach CHIP KELLY and his new-look Eagles fly into 2015 with high hopes. Among the key additions for Philadelphia in the offseason were quarterback SAM BRADFORD and running back DE MARCO MURRAY – the NFL’s leading rusher in 2014 and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year – on offense and linebacker KIKO ALONSO and cornerback BYRON MAXWELL on defense.
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NFL CELEBRATES HEADS UP FOOTBALL DURING USA FOOTBALL MONTH IN AUGUST
The NFL, its teams and players are once again recognizing USA Football as the sport’s leader in youth player development and coaching education, with an emphasis this year on the organization’s Heads Up Football initiative.
USA Football Month will be saluted throughout the NFL preseason as youth football leagues across the country return to play.
This year’s USA Football Month will celebrate Heads Up Football, an initiative focused on making the game better and safer. Approximately 6,500 youth football leagues and more than 1,000 high schools representing nearly 1 million players in all 50 states have adopted Heads Up Football for the 2015 season.
This year’s USA Football Month campaign will reach fans during nationally televised preseason games, and feature the following: Heads Up Football helmet stickers worn by NFL players and youth players in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.; Heads Up Football-branded on-field stencils and end zone banners in NFL stadiums; NFL teams donating approximately 150,000 preseason game tickets to players in Heads Up Football leagues; USA Football messages promoting better and safer play during preseason telecasts; youth football scrimmages in NFL stadiums prior to or during halftime of preseason games; and USA Football-branded in-stadium scoreboard video messages.
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