NFL preseason games don't mean much other than the fact that, for the first time in a long time, live NFL games are being played.
This year's most anticipated preseason debut won't be on the field. It'll be in the broadcast booth, where Tony Romo will work his first game as CBS' lead analyst during the third week of the 2017 preseason.
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CBS has two games during Week 3 of the preseason. Romo likely will be the No. 1 color man for the Friday night matchup between the Chiefs and Seahawks in Seattle on Aug. 25. The other CBS game that weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 26, is an all-Los Angeles affair — Rams vs. Chargers — that isn't as marquee as it sounds.
Last year, the man Romo is replacing, Phil Simms, did CBS' preseason midweek opener with No. 2 play-by-play man Ian Eagle. That left No. 2 analyst Dan Fouts to call the second nationally televised game with Spero Dedes.
There's a good chance Romo will start his new gig without Jim Nantz by his side, as the weekend clashes with The Northern Trust, the first of four tournaments in the PGA Tour playoffs. It's the last PGA event CBS covers before NBC closes things out.
It's unlikely that CBS would throw Romo cold into Week 1 of the regular season. It would prefer to let the former QB warm up with Eagle, one of the best, most adaptable NFL broadcasters.
Romo under this scenario also would make his analyst debut in Seattle, where he played his first playoff game for the Cowboys 10 years ago. With everyone listening, he'll hope his initial time on air won't end with something that resembles a botched hold on the game-winning field-goal attempt.
While it will be Romo's former team kicking off the preseason in the Hall of Fame Game against the Cardinals, what Romo does far removed from the Dak Prescott and Jerry Jones dramas will be more interesting to watch — and to hear.