MNF Preseason Kicks off Thursday, Aug. 7 — New Orleans at Arizona

(August 4, 2008 – ESPN will kick off its Monday Night Football preseason schedule with the New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. ET. Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and analysts Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser will call four NFL preseason games during the month, in anticipation of the regular-season opener on Monday, Sept. 8.

All games will be televised at 8 p.m. Each preseason game will be preceded by a one-hour Monday Night Countdown hosted by Chris Berman with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

The New Orleans-Arizona opener will feature quarterback Drew Brees and running back Reggie Bush for the Saints against Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart — Bush’s former USC teammate — and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLII in February


ESPN’s Monday Night Football 2008 NFL Preseason Schedule:


Time (ET)


Thurs., Aug. 7

8 p.m.

New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

Mon., Aug. 11

8 p.m.

Cincinnati Benglas at Green Bay Packers

Mon., Aug. 18

8 p.m.

Cleveland Browns at New York Giants

Mon., Aug. 25

8 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers