The NFL preseason schedule is ready and is about to kick off. It had a bump in the road though and it might not be the most anticipated series of football events. Fans just would like to skip to the regular season where it matters. Teams also play it safe during the preseason as they try to keep some or most of their players healthy and injury free. Nevertheless, the NFL preseason will be underway and football fanatics can take a sneak peek at the forms of their favorite teams. Here are two must-watch games.
NFL Preseason Schedule: Two Must-watch Games
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers, Week 3 – Friday, Aug. 26 on RSN. This is one of the most anticipated games this NFL preseason. This is like Super Bowl 50 in an alternative universe. Also, this is a throwback to Super Bowl 38. As Dan Hanzus in his article in the NFL website pointed out, Week 3 games are usually the best preseason games to follow as teams feature many NFL starters. In this game, we expect to see more of Tom Brady versus Cam Newton. With both teams seemingly able to reach the Super Bowl this season, is this going to be a preview of the match?
New York Giants at New York Jets, Week 3 – Saturday, Aug. 27 on RSN. These two teams have passionate fan bases that make matches pretty interesting. The Jets beat the Giants last December this past season at MetLife Stadium in overtime. The Jets took the lead after a Randy Bullock 31-yard field goal in overtime. The Giants had the chance to tie the game but often reliable Josh Brown missed his 48-yard field goal attempt. The Giants also lost an NFL preseason game last season to the Jets. Could the Giants exact revenge? We shall see.
Bump in the Road: No Hall of Fame Game
The NFL preseason was to be spearheaded by a Hall Of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Indiana Colts in Canton, Ohio. The game should have started at 7 p.m. and would have been televised through ESPN. However, the game was cancelled because of poor field conditions. In a report in AL.com, some painting in the midfield and the end zones were congealing and beginning to rubberize. This is according to David Baker, the president and executive director of the Pro Hall of Fame. These caused the game to be cancelled to avoid any injuries to any player from both teams. The game was supposed to kick off the the 65-game NFL preseason schedule.
From Colts LB D'Qwell Jackson: 'It sucks but the conditions of the field weren't safe for any player on either roster.' @nflnetwork
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) August 7, 2016
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