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The NFL released the full 2018 preseason schedule on Wednesday, featuring eight nationally televised games and a Super Bowl LII “rematch.”

The league announced in February that the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens would kick off the preseason in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio, the day after linebackers Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis don their gold jackets. The Ravens will be on national TV a second time, on “Monday Night Football” against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 20.

Among other highlights, the top two picks of the 2018 NFL Draft could meet in the first week of the preseason when the New York Giants host the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are widely expected to take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, while the Giants are rumored to be considering several options for the second selection, including trading down.

The Browns will face another team, the Buffalo Bills, that could feature a rookie quarterback in the second week of the preseason. With a stocked supply of draft capital, including two first-round picks, the Bills are expected to try to trade up for a signal-caller, with the No. 2 overall pick being a possible target.

Old-and-new Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden will make his long-anticipated “debut” in his return to the team at home against the Detroit Lions and their new head coach, Matt Patricia.

The preseason will also feature the first meeting between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots since Super Bowl LII, taking place in the second week of exhibition play at Foxborough, Mass. The two teams will not face each other in the regular season until 2019.

The full preseason schedule is below, with national TV broadcasts noted in parenthesis:

Hall of Fame Game, Aug. 2

Chicago vs. Baltimore (NBC)

Week 1, Aug. 9-13

LA Chargers at Arizona

LA Rams at Baltimore

Carolina at Buffalo

Chicago at Cincinnati

Minnesota at Denver

Tennessee at Green Bay

New Orleans at Jacksonville

Houston at Kansas City

Tampa Bay at Miami

Washington at New England

Cleveland at NY Giants

Atlanta at NY Jets

Detroit at Oakland

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

Dallas at San Francisco

Indianapolis at Seattle

Week 2, Aug.16-20

Kansas City at Atlanta

Miami at Carolina

Buffalo at Cleveland

Cincinnati at Dallas

Chicago at Denver

NY Giants at Detroit

Pittsburgh at Green Bay

San Francisco at Houston

Baltimore at Indianapolis (ESPN, Aug. 20)

Seattle at LA Chargers

Oakland at LA Rams

Jacksonville at Minnesota

Philadelphia at New England

Arizona at New Orleans

Tampa Bay at Tennessee

NY Jets at Washington (ESPN, Aug. 16)

Week 3, Aug. 23-26

Cincinnati at Buffalo (FOX, Aug. 26)

New England at Carolina

Kansas City at Chicago

Philadelphia at Cleveland (FOX, Aug. 23)

Arizona at Dallas (NBC, Aug. 26)

San Francisco at Indianapolis

Atlanta at Jacksonville

New Orleans at LA Chargers (CBS, Aug. 25)

Houston at LA Rams

Baltimore at Miami

Seattle at Minnesota

NY Giants at NY Jets

Green Bay at Oakland

Tennessee at Pittsburgh

Detroit at Tampa Bay (CBS, Aug. 24)

Denver at Washington

Week 4, Aug. 30-31

Denver at Arizona

Miami at Atlanta

Washington at Baltimore

Buffalo at Chicago

Indianapolis at Cincinnati

Cleveland at Detroit

Dallas at Houston

Green Bay at Kansas City

LA Rams at New Orleans

New England at NY Giants

NY Jets at Philadelphia

Carolina at Pittsburgh

LA Chargers at San Francisco

Oakland at Seattle

Jacksonville at Tampa Bay

Minnesota at Tennessee

–Field Level Media


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