Nfl Preseason Schedule
August 10, 2011 by staff
Nfl Preseason Schedule, It’s back to football! “It’s a new season, that’s how I see it,” says Super Bowl XLV MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers. “New opportunities, new challenges. Every year is different.”
The 32 clubs in the NFL will be in action this week as the preseason schedule begins with games on national television on Thursday and Monday night on ESPN, FOX Friday and Saturday at the NFL Network.
Some of the fighting in Preseason Week 1:
GREEN BAY Cleveland (Saturday, NFL Network, 7:30 PM ET): The Green Bay Packers will start the weekend in Washington, DC, where they will be honored at the White House for Obama PresidentBARACK Friday, August 12 to Super Bowl XLV his victory.
“That’s a childhood dream of a lot of guys,” says Pro Bowl Packers, Nick Collins visit the White House. “I can not wait to see it. I’ve seen on TV, now I have to see for myself.”
The next night, the defending champion, fast forward to the 2011 season when they visit the Cleveland Browns. The Packers, who brought the first title back to Green Bay since the 1996 season, focus on an effort to repeat this year.
“It’s hard to win a Super Bowl, even more difficult to win two,” says All-Star Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. “So I think if you really want to be considered a great team, great, then you win two, to win back to back. We will work hard to try to ensure that happens.”
Cleveland Browns head coach PAT SHURMUR will debut on Saturday night in front of the home crowd. In 2010, Shurmur served as the coordinator for St. Louis Rams offense and helped the No. 1 selection in the draft in 2010, Sam Bradford, the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
“The direction you are taking this organization is very exciting for me,” says Brown Pro Bowl in front of Joe Thomas. “Coach Mike Holmgren staff has assembled the group of exploration, the general manager – I’ve done everything first class.”
New York Jets at Houston (Monday, ESPN, 8:00 PM ET): The New York Jets and Houston Texans kickoff in Monday night as the two teams look to the next step in 2011.
The Jets have advanced to the championship game of the AFC in consecutive years. Much of the success in New York depends on quarterback Mark Sanchez. The caller of 24 years the signal has a record of 19-12 (.613) as a starter and enters his third season as the undisputed leader of the Jets.
“When the boys know their quarterback is the hardest working player in the locker room, through the mental preparation, preparation of pre-season and all that, it’s hard not to respect that,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. “He knows every position now, where are you supposed to be. That’s awesome. I think everyone sees him as the leader now. I think everybody recognizes that.”
The Houston Texans will be set-up for their high power offense with running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson and quarterback Matt Schaub.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Texans first-year defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will use rookie defensive end JJ Watt and veteran rookie cornerback Johnathan Joseph, along with returning All-Stars – Ryan DE MECO linebacker and defensive end Mario Williams.
SEATTLE, San Diego (Thursday, 8:00 PM ET): ESPN’s pre-season begins Thursday night when the San Diego Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks in a contest with RIVERS quarterbacksPHILIP of porters Tarvaris Jackson from the Seahawks.
Rivers led the NFL with 4.710 passing yards in 2010 and joined the Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts as the only quarterbacks the Chargers to reach 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.
“What separates the great from the guys that are close, is that big that everyone around them better,” said Chargers coach Norv Turner. “I’ve never been around a man in his position that he had to do more than he did last year Felipe. To me, that’s the sign of the type of the next level.”
Jackson, who registered 20 starts in five seasons (2006-2010) with the Vikings, has been named the starting quarterback of the champions of the NFC West defense.
“Tarvaris provides continuity for us, I think is best for our club,” says head coach of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll. “I think this guy is a heck of a prospect that has already been accepted by our players and coaches. Which brings us something special. It is a very talented guy.”
TAMPA BAY AT KANSAS CITY (Friday, FOX, 8:00 PM ET): The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were two of the improvement teams in the NFL in 2010, match in prime time Friday night in Arrowhead Stadium on FOX.
Led by the rushing attack No. 1 in the NFL last season (164.2 yards per game), the Chiefs became the latest team to go from “worst to first” in their own division. Kansas City improved its record 2009 (4-12) by six wins to claim the AFC West title in 2010 at 6.10.
Second-year quarterback Josh Freeman guided Tampa Bay to a season best of seven final victory (10-6) after a 3-13 record in 2009. The Bucs did not reach a playoff appearance in 2010, but we are confident that the end can be achieved this season.
“For the players, fans and media in general, much is expected, much higher coming off a 10-6 season instead of a 3-13 season,” said Bucs center Jeff Faine. “Expectations are very high for us to reach deeper into the playoffs and the playoffs, and I guess that is where Buccaneer football was before.”
AMONG OTHER GAMES OF INTEREST THIS WEEK:
BALTIMORE Philadelphia (Thursday, 7:30 PM ET): All-Star LB Ray Lewis, who enters his sixteenth season in the NFL, will lead a talented team in Philadelphia to face Baltimore’s reigning NFL Comeback Player of the Year, quarterback Michael Vick. Vick will join newcomers – CB Nnamdi Asomugha, DE Jason Babin, RB Ronnie Brown and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – who seek to play a key role for the Eagles this season.
Denver at Dallas (Thursday, 8:30 PM ET): John Fox will make his debut as head coach of the Broncos, while closely evaluating its trio of quarterback Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn against a defense run by Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan again. Cowboys QB Tony Romo will be the field for the first time since suffering a broken left collarbone in Week 7 against the Giants last season.
MIAMI in Atlanta (Friday, 7:30 PM ET): Falcons QB Matt Ryan, was in his best 3705 meters last year, receiving objective test new JULIO JONES, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Jones faces WR Roddy White line, which led the NFL with 115 receptions last season. Miami will oppose the offensive with the All-Star WR Brandon MARSHALLin the passing game and running back Reggie Bush on the floor, which will debut in Los Delfines.
Minnesota at Tennessee (Saturday, 8:00 PM ET): The veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck Tennessee and Minnesota DONOVAN MC NABB each entering his 13th NFL season and will debut at their respective clubs on Saturday night under the direction of Leslie Frazier of the Vikings and Mike Munchak of the Titans, who open their first season as head coaches.
NFL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK (August 11-15)
(All times local)
Thursday, August 11
Saturday, August 13
Seattle to San Diego, 5:00 PM (ESPN)
Green Bay at Cleveland, 7:30 pm (NFL Network)
Jacksonville at New England, 7:30 PM
New York Giants at Carolina, 8:00 PM
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM
Buffalo at Chicago, 7:00 PM
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 PM
Indianapolis at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Arizona at Oakland, 7:00 PM
Minnesota at Tennessee, 7:00 PM
Friday, August 12
Monday, August 15
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 7:00 PM (FOX)
New York Jets at Houston, 7:00 PM (ESPN)
Miami at Atlanta, 7:30 PM
Cincinnati at Detroit, 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 PM
San Francisco to New Orleans, 7:00 PM
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