When Does NFL Preseason 2019 Start? Dates, Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream for Week 1

With just over a month before the NFL season gets underway, it's time for the 32 franchises to finalize their preparations.

The NFL preseason got underway last week with the traditional Hall of Fame Game as the Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons 14-10 and will begin in earnest on Thursday, with 11 games on the schedule.

Both the Falcons and the Broncos will play five games each in this preseason, as opposed to the other 30 teams, who will all play four games.

Here's everything you need to follow preseason.

When does NFL preseason start?

While the Broncos and the Falcons have already worked up a sweat, the other 30 franchises will not be in action until Thursday, with the Buffalo Bills hosting the Indianapolis Colts at 7 p.m. ET and the New York Jets taking on the New York Giants at the same time.

Another nine games are on the slate on Thursday, with two games on Friday and three games on Saturday, respectively.

Preseason ends on Thursday, August 29, with all 32 franchises in action.

TV coverage

A select number of preseason games will be broadcast nationally across NBC, FOX, CBS and ESPN. NFL Network will show 13 preseason games subject to market restrictions, with all the other games available on local networks.

Four games will be broadcast nationally in Week 1 of preseason, beginning with the Jets game against the Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers matchup against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

Friday's nationally televised game features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Pittsburgh Steelers, while on Saturday the honor of being broadcast across the U.S. falls to the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.

Live stream

Live stream of the national games will be available via NFL Network, fuboTV and the digital platforms of the channel broadcasting the games.

Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons
Malik Reed #59 of the Denver Broncos in action during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 1 in Canton, Ohio. Joe Robbins/Getty

TV schedule (all times ET)

Thursday, August 8

  • Indianapolis Colts @ Buffalo Bills—7 p.m., WKBW, WXIN
  • New York Jets @ New York Giants—7 p.m., NFL Network, WNBC
  • Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens—7:30 p.m., WBAL, WJAX
  • Washington Redskins @ Cleveland Browns—7:30 p.m., WRC, WEWS
  • New England Patriots @ Detroit Lions—7:30 p.m. WJBK, WBZ
  • Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins—7:30 p.m. WFOR, WUPA
  • Tennessee Titans @ Philadelphia Eagles—7:30 p.m. WKRN, WCAU
  • Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears—8 p.m. WSOC, WFLD
  • Houston Texans @ Green Bay Packers—8 p.m. WTMJ, KTRK
  • Los Angeles Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals—10 p.m. NFL Network, KPNX, KABC
  • Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks—10 p.m., KING, KTVD

Friday, August 9

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Pittsburgh Steelers—7:30 p.m. NFL Network, KDKA, WTSP, WFTV
  • Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints—8 p.m. KMSP, WVUE

Saturday, August 10

  • Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs—8 p.m. WKRC, KCTV
  • Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland Raiders—8 p.m., KTVU, KCBS
  • Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers—9p.m., NFL Netwtork, KPIX, KTVT