Record 12 Live Broadcasts Includes First-Ever Live Preseason Tripleheader on August 15
Coverage Features Debuts of Terrell Owens, Jay Cutler and First-Round QBs Matthew Stafford & Mark Sanchez with New Teams
NFL Network is home to all the NFL preseason games forthe first time with 65 games airing on the only network dedicatedentirely to football. In addition for the first time, the entire NFL preseason schedulewill be seen in high definition nationally including 12 live preseason games,the most in the network’s history.
Week 1 of the 2009 NFL preseason on NFL Networkfeatures five live games highlighted by the debuts of first-round quarterbackdraft picks MATTHEW STAFFORD and MARK SANCHEZ. The live coverage kicksoff with a doubleheader on Friday, August 14 at 8:00 PM ET with the St.Louis Rams vs. New York Jets, followed by Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers. Saturday, August 15features the first-ever live tripleheader with the Atlanta Falcons vs. DetroitLions beginning at 4:00 PM ET, followed immediately by Chicago Bears vs.Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers.
There’s no better place for Fantasy Football fans to prepare their picks and depth charts for the 2009 regular season than withNFL Network and NFL.com’s all-encompassing coverage of the 2009 preseason. All12 live preseason games will include halftime shows featuring NFL Network’steam of analysts from its Los Angelesstudios and five-minute NFL Network Nowupdates between game broadcasts reporting the most up-to-date news andinformation. NFL Network’s schedule includes a total of 162 telecasts as itincludes every game, live games and game replays of all the preseason action.
Here is a preview of the 12 live games on NFLNetwork:
St. Louis Rams vs. New York Jets (HD) • Friday, August14 at 7:00 PM ET
Former USC and #4 overall draft pick QB Mark Sanchez makes his NFL debut withthe Jets. New head coaches Rex Ryan (Jets)and Steve Spagnuolo (Rams) leadtheir teams for the first time.
Denver Broncosvs. San Francisco49ers (HD) • Friday, August 14 at 10:00 PM ET
49ers first round draft pick WR Michael Crabtree makes his debut in San Francisco, while Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels begins his tenure in Denver with a new QB.
Atlanta Falconsvs. DetroitLions (HD) • Saturday, August 15 at 4:00 PM ET
Lions QB and 2009 #1 overall pick Matthew Stafford looks to replicate thesuccess of Falcons QB and 2008 Offensive Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan in this NFC matchup.
Chicago Bearsvs. BuffaloBills (HD) • Saturday, August 15 at 7:00 PM ET
Two of the biggest names to change teams this summerare on display as Bears QB Jay Cutlerand Bills WR Terrell Owens debutwith their new teams.
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers (HD) • Saturday,August 15 at 10:00 PM ET
It’s a new season and new beginning for NFL veterans Matt Hasselbeck and LaDainian Tomlinson, who both look fora fresh start in 2009.
Pittsburgh Steelersvs. WashingtonRedskins (HD) • Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 PM ET
AlbertHaynesworth makes his debut with the Redskins against Ben Roethlisberger and the defending SuperBowl-champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Denver Broncosvs. SeattleSeahawks (HD) • Saturday, August 22 at 10:30 PM ET
The Broncos look to unveil an improved defensive unit against theSeahawks and newly acquired offensive weapon T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Indianapolis Coltsvs. DetroitLions (HD) • Saturday, August 29 at 1:00 PM ET
Colts head coach Jim Caldwelland Lions head coach Jim Schwartz embark on Week 3 of the preseasonat the helm of their new teams.
New Orleans Saints vs. OaklandRaiders (HD) • Saturday, August 29 at 4:00 PM ET
A young Raiders offense looks to outscore QB Drew Brees and a Saints offense that led the league in 2008.
Philadelphia Eaglesvs. New YorkJets (HD) • Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM ET
The Philadelphia Eagles and top picks Jeremy Maclin and LeSeanMcCoy take on rookie QB Mark Sanchezand the New York Jets.
Oakland Raidersvs. SeattleSeahawks (HD) • Thursday, September 3 at 10:00 PM ET
Head coach Tom Cable and theOakland Raiders face new head coach JimMora and the Seattle Seahawks in both teams’ final game of the preseason.
Dallas Cowboysvs. MinnesotaVikings (HD) • Friday, September 4 at 8:00 PM ET
Rookie WR Percy Harvin takeshis final preseason reps against the Cowboys as Dallas and Minnesota meet intheir preseason finale for the fourth consecutive year.
NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE FOR 2009 PRESEASON GAMES
(BOLD INDICATES LIVE GAMES / FIRSTAIRINGS ONLY / ALL TIMES EASTERN)
9:00 AM – BuffaloBills at Tennessee Titans (HD)
11:00 PM – NewEngland Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles (HD)
2:00 AM – DallasCowboys at Oakland Raiders (HD)
3:00 PM –Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens (HD)
7:00 PM – St. Louis Rams at New York Jets (HD)
10:00 PM – DenverBroncos at San Francisco 49ers (HD)
1:00 AM –Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (HD)
7:00 AM –Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints (HD)
1:00 PM – Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
4:00 PM – AtlantaFalcons at DetroitLions (HD)
7:00 PM – Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills (HD)
10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers(HD)
1:00 AM –Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers (HD)
10:00 AM –Houston Texans at Kansas City (HD)
1:00 PM – TampaBay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans (HD)
11:00 PM – JacksonvilleJaguars at Miami Dolphins (HD)
Wednesday, August 19
1:00 PM – CarolinaPanthers at New York Giants (HD)
11:00 PM – CincinnatiBengals at New England Patriots (HD)
1:00 PM –Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (HD)
11:00 PM – KansasCity Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings (HD)
2:00 AM –Atlanta Falcons at St. Louis Rams (HD)
1:00 PM –Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys (HD)
7:30 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers at WashingtonRedskins (HD)
10:30 PM – Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks (HD)
Sunday, August 23
1:30 AM – SanDiego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (HD)
7:00 AM – TampaBay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars (HD)
10:00 AM –Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns (HD)
1:00 PM –Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins (HD)
4:00 PM –Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers (HD)
7:00 PM – NewYork Giants at Chicago Bears (HD)
10:00 PM –Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers (HD)
1:00 AM – NewOrleans Saints at Houston Texans (HD)
Wednesday, August 26
1:00 PM – NewYork Jets at Baltimore Ravens (HD)
11:00 PM – JacksonvilleJaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (HD)
2:00 AM – St.Louis Rams at CincinnatiBengals (HD)
1:00 PM – Miami Dolphinsat Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HD)
1:00 AM – GreenBay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (HD)
7:00 AM – NewEngland Patriots at Washington Redskins (HD)
1:00 PM – IndianapolisColts at DetroitLions (HD)
4:00 PM – New Orleans at Oakland Raiders (HD)
11:00 PM -Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs (HD)
7:00 AM –Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers (HD)
10:00 AM – NewYork Jets at New York Giants (HD)
1:00 PM –Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
4:00 PM – San Francisco49s at Dallas Cowboys (HD)
12:00 AM –Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns (HD)
7:00 AM – SanDiego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons (HD)
4:00 PM –Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos (HD)
Tuesday, September 1
10:00 AM – MinnesotaVikings at Houston Texans (HD)
7:00 PM – Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets (HD)
10:00 PM – Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks (HD)
7:00 AM – KansasCity Chiefs at St. Louis Rams (HD)
10:00 AM -Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons (HD)
1:00 PM – MiamiDolphins at New Orleans Saints (HD)
4:00 PM – NewYork Giants at New England Patriots (HD)
8:00 PM – DallasCowboys at MinnesotaVikings (HD)
11:30 PM – GreenBay Packers at Tennessee Titans (HD)
1:00 AM –Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos (HD)
10:00 AM –Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HD)
4:00 PM –Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears (HD)
8:30 PM –Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars (HD)
11:30 PM –Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals (HD)
Sunday, September 6
7:00 AM – DetroitLions at Buffalo Bills (HD)
4:00 PM –Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers (HD)
2:30 AM – SanFrancisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers (HD)
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