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NFL announces full 2021 preseason schedule

The Bengals get one primetime preseason game in 2021.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has revealed its entire 2021 preseason schedule, which features one Cincinnati Bengals game in the national spotlight. That comes Sunday, August 3rd when Cincinnati hosts the Miami Dolphins on CBS at 4 pm ET.

The Bengals’ other two preseason games will be on the road vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (August 14th) and Washington Football Team (August 20th).

With the NFL expending the regular season to 17 games and cutting the preseason down to three games, it’s untelling what strategy teams will utilize in how much starters play in each game. For the Bengals, the hope is Joe Burrow and the starting offense will get some run together as he works his way back from a torn ACL. Perhaps that will come vs. Miami against fellow 2020 QB draftee Tua Tagovailoa.

Here is a look at the entire 2021 NFL preseason schedule.


Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00


Thursday, Aug. 12

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, Aug. 13

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, Aug. 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, Aug. 15

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00


Thursday, August 19

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, Aug. 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, Aug. 22

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, Aug. 23

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00


Friday, Aug. 27

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, Aug. 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, Aug. 29

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

*All times ET/PM