NFL Preseason Schedule 2021 Preseason Schedule

The 2021 NFL Preseason will be the first to feature the new game schedule. This means that there will only be three games, instead of the traditional four, for each team. There will still be the Hall of Fame Game that two teams will need to play. The preseason will start at the same time as in previous years, meaning that the final 4th week of the traditional preseason will now be a Bye. Hopefully, this gives coaches enough time to figure out their rosters while also prioritizing players’ health and well-being. The 2021 Hall of Fame Game will be on August 5th and feature the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. This will be the first official football game of 2021. Week 1 of the NFL Preseason will be August 12th through the 14th, Week 2 will be August 19th through the 23rd, and Week 3 will be the 27th through the 29th.

The 2021 NFL Preseason will be the first to feature the new game schedule. This means that there will only be three games, instead of the traditional four, for each team. There will still be the Hall of Fame Game that two teams will need to play. The preseason will start at the same time as in previous years, meaning that the final 4th week of the traditional preseason will now be a Bye. Hopefully, this gives coaches enough time to figure out their rosters while also prioritizing players’ health and well-being. The 2021 Hall of Fame Game will be on August 5th and feature the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. This will be the first official football game of 2021. Week 1 of the NFL Preseason will be August 12th through the 14th, Week 2 will be August 19th through the 23rd, and Week 3 will be the 27th through the 29th.

Preseason Storylines

The major storylines of each NFL Preseason usually revolve around rookies. This year there were five rookie quarterbacks selected in the first round. Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, the first and second overall picks, are slated to be the starters regardless of preseason performance. However, these games can be telling on whether they will be successful early in the regular season.

Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones are all rookie quarterbacks who will be fighting for the starting job. Lance was selected 3rd overall by the 49ers and will be competing with Jimmy Garoppolo to start in Week 1. Fields was selected 11th overall when the Bears traded up for him. However, this was after signing Andy Dalton in the offseason. The QB room in Chicago will feature Foles, Fields, and Dalton, with Dalton as the early favorite to start week one. Mac Jones was selected by the Patriots and will be fighting Cam Newton to be the starting QB for Bill Belichick.