The NFL released its 2017preseason schedule Monday. While the games are mere exhibitions used for player evaluation, you should at least watch a few of them.
The preseason slate begins Aug. 3 with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, and will end Sept. 1with the final preseason games.
The results of the games don't mean much— for example, the Detroit Lions went 4-0 during the 2008 preseason only to become the loneteam in NFL history to go 0-16 during the regular season.But seeing new players with new teams and the debut of the 2017rookie class make a few of the games worth watching.
Here are five games you should definitely not miss come August. All times Eastern.
—Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys,Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug.3, 8p.m.(NBC) —The Hall of Fame Game will now be played on a Thursday and will kick offinduction weekendinstead of being thefinal event.The Cowboys have appeared in the Hall of Fame Game a record six times, while the Cardinals are making their fifth appearance.The Cardinals do have former quarterback Kurt Warner in this year's class, but the foundation for Warner's Hall of Fame resume is winning a Super Bowl championship with the St. Louis Rams.
— New York GiantsatCleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. (ESPN) —This game will likely beMyles Garrett's first NFL game, as the Texas A&M defensive end is expected to be taken No. 1 at the draft later this month by the Browns.
—Kansas City ChiefsatSeattle Seahawks, Friday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. (CBS) —The Seahawks will welcome the former division rival Chiefs in what could be the first CBS broadcast for Tony Romo. The former Cowboys quarterbackturned analyst could also make his debut under the new bright lights the following day in Los Angeles.
—Los Angeles ChargersatLos Angeles Rams,Saturday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. (CBS) —The first game between the two L.A. teams will take place at the Coliseum. The third preseason game is the traditional “dress rehearsal” matchupand this one will feature teams with new head coaches.Anthony Lynn has taken over as the Chargers head coach, while the Rams will be lead bySean McVay.
— Cincinnati BengalsatWashington Redskins,Sunday, Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m.(Fox) — The Bengals travel to Washington, D.C. to faceformer coordinator Jay Gruden and the Redskins, whohave been a mess this offseason in part to the firing ofgeneral manager Scot McCloughan.