Thursday night signals the official start of the preseason
The NFL is back on TV, sort of. Thursday night marks the start of the first week of preseason action for all 32 teams. Yes, Atlanta and Denver got a head start last week with the Hall of Fame Game, but this is officially Week 1 of the preseason.
There are 11 games on tap for Thursday night with two nationally televised on NFL Network. For the rest, check local listings.
On NFL Network
New York Jets at New York Giants
7 p.m. ET – MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)
The game may not count but it's always fun when the Big Apple's two teams face off. This is just the first preseason game so don't expect to see a lot of Sam Darnold or Eli Manning (or new Jet Le'Veon Bell), but that doesn't mean it won't be worth tuning in. For one, this will give Jets fans the first look of how Adam Gase will approach offense as well as an early glimpse of the revamped defense that now includes former Baltimore Raven C.J. Mosley and first-round pick Quinnen Williams. For the Giants, how much will first-round pick Daniel Jones play? And who will Jones and Manning or whoever is at quarterback throw to with Sterling Shepard out with a broken thumb and Corey Coleman already lost for the season with a torn ACL. At least there's still Saquon Barkley, right? Just don't expect to see him out there for much more than a series.
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
10 p.m. ET – State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)
It's the debut of the Kliff and Kyler Show out in the desert, as Cardinals head coach Kiliff Kingsbury and No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray are set to take the NFL stage. This may just be the preseason but these are two of the most anticipated debuts across the league. Meanwhile, for the Chargers, we already know there will be no Melvin Gordon so which running back takes advantage of his absence to stake their claim to currently vacated No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Will it be Austin Ekeler or Justin Jackson? Also, what kind of welcome does Los Angeles' defense have in mind for Murray? Will we see Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Derwin James take it easy on the rookie or give him a taste of what he can expect when the games do count?
Other Thursday night games
- Indianapolis at Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET
- Washington at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. ET
- New England at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Tennessee at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Jacksonville at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Carolina at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET
- Houston at Green Bay, 8 p.m. ET
- Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m. ET