When Does NFL Preseason 2019 Begin? It's Sooner Than You Think

July has been hot with scorching temperatures across the United States, but football is so close that fans can almost smell the tailgating and feel the impending cooler weather.

Most high schools and colleges will soon begin practice as August 1 is typically the start date — or a benchmark on when to start. The first day of August is also the first day of the first NFL Preseason Game.

On Thursday, August 1, the Denver Broncos will battle the Atlanta Falcons in the annual Hall of of Fame Game, scheduled to air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

The Hall of Fame Game officially kicks off the NFL Preseason schedule, and it is the only game that week or weekend. The rest of the league will start the following weekend with a slew of games on Aug. 8, then more games following on Friday and Saturday.

The Hall of Fame Game usually involves two teams that have a significant presence in that year's Hall of Fame class. The Denver Broncos have cornerback Champ Bailey and owner Pat Bowlen. They also have defensive back Ty Law, who played for three other NFL teams before ending his career with the Broncos in the 2009 season.

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Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos looks to hand the ball to running back Royce Freeman #28 in the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons will see former tight end Tony Gonzalez get enshrined into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which is where the Hall of Fame Game will be played at Tom Benson Stadium.

The NFL regular season starts on Thursday, Sept. 5 when the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears, followed by a full slate of weekend games. College football starts with two FBS games on Saturday, Aug. 24, and the season kicks off in full the following Thursday (Aug. 29) and the first full Saturday schedule will be Aug. 31.

The NFL Preseason kicks off in full fashion the following week with a slew of games on Thursday, followed by a handful of exhibitions on Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, August 8

  • New York Jets at New York Giants
  • Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
  • New England Patriots at Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers
  • Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
  • Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
  • Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
  • Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens
  • Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns

Friday, August 9

  • Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Saturday, August 10

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
  • Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
  • Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers