The NFL? Want the weekend schedule for what’s on tap, beginning tonight, here you are!


The meatiest weekend in the pre-season was condensed a year ago by the league to just three games. In the 1960s before the merger of the AFL and NFL, the Giants, as an example played six exhibition games. Not all were televised locally. Only 14 were played in the regular season.

Al Michaels pushed hard, complaining last season that the Thursday night games were unattractive. There were a couple that Al called which you might say were incomprehensible. So he had to preside over a couple soporifics. With the bucks that Amazon pays, Michaels and his cohorts got sufficient attention and we’ll see how late season games change.

Here is this weekend’s schedule. One tonight

Thursday, August 24

7:30 PM- Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons

Steelers TV: Bob Pompeani, Charlie Batch, Missi Matthews

NFL, Falcons TV: Justin Kutcher, DJ Shockley, Coy Wire, Jen Hale

8 PM- Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles

AMZN: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Kaylee Hartung

AMZN SAP: Miguel Gurwitz, Rolando Cantú

Friday, August 25

8 PM- Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers

CBS: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan, AJ Ross

8:15 PM- New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans

Patriots TV: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak, Paul Perillo, Steve Burton

NFL Titans TV: Paul Burmeister, Charles Davis, Cory Curtis

10 PM- Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Chargers TV: TBA, Dan Fouts, LaDainian Tomlinson, Hayley Elwood

NFL- JIP @ 11 PM, 49ers TV: Greg Papa, Tim Ryan, Vern Glenn 

Saturday, August 26

1 PM- Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

Browns TV: Chris Rose, Joe Thomas, Aditi Kinkhabwala

NFL, Chiefs TV: Ari Wolfe, Trent Green, Kimmi Chex, Matt McMullen 

1 PM- Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears

Bills TV: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Cynthia Frelund

Bears TV: Adam Amin, Jim Miller, Lou Canellis

1 PM- Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

Seahawks TV: Kate Scott, Michael Robinson, Michael Bennett

Packers TV: Kevin Harlan, John Kuhn, Lance Allan 

1 PM- Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings

Cardinals TV: Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley, Dani Sureck

Vikings TV: Paul Allen, Pete Bercich, Ben Leber

6 PM- New York Jets at New York Giants

NFL, Giants TV: Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Bruce Beck, Howard Cross

6 PM- Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Commanders

Bengals TV: Mike Watts, Anthony Muñoz, Marisa Contipelli 

NFL ALT, Commanders TV: Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell, Logan Paulsen

7 PM- Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ravens TV: Gerry Sandusky, Rod Woodson, Evan Washburn

Buccaneers TV: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Dan Lucas

7 PM- Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars

Dolphins TV: Steve Goldstein, Kim Bokamper, Mike Cugno, Johanna Torres

Jaguars TV: Brian Sexton, Bucky Brooks, Brent Martineau 

8 PM- Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys

Raiders TV: Jason Horowitz, Matt Millen, Rich Gannon

Cowboys TV: Bill Jones, Isaiah Stanback, Michael Irvin, Hailey Sutton

Compass Media: Kevin Ray, Danny White

9 PM- Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos

Rams TV: Andrew Siciliano, Andrew Whitworth, Curt Sandoval

NFL, Broncos TV: Steve Levy, Ryan Harris, Arielle Orsuto

Sunday, August 27

8 PM- Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints

FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi


David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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