NFL announces 2018 preseason schedule

The NFL announced the 2018 preseason schedule earlier today and the Patriots preseason slate has several familiar foes.

The Packers finish the preseason with two road games for the second time in three years (2016), first traveling to California to play the Oakland Raiders.

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However, teams never want to risk injuring marquee talent, so the best players rarely play more than a handful of snaps until the third game of the summer.

The NFL's expected to release the regular-season schedule later this month.

Garoppolo took plenty of preseason snaps for the New England Patriots in recent years but will be going through his first-ever offseason and preseason with the 49ers. All four games will be shown on the CBS station in the Miami-Ft.

New Orleans has only played Jacksonville in the preseason once, and never at EverBank Field; the Jaguars came to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2012.

Houston has faced Kansas City three previous times in the preseason. Tampa Bay's next most frequent preseason partners are the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins (16 games each), though the Bucs and Falcons stopped scheduling August get-togethers when they became NFC South division mates in 2002.

A second straight trip to the Chargers' facility is somewhat unusual - National Football League teams often trade home-and-home preseason games - but the Saints got a lot out of their trip to Los Angeles last season.

The preseason finale will be Thursday night, August 30th on the road against the Chicago Bears.

Following training camp, the preseason if the first chance the fans get to see their Bengals in action and for coaches to get a look at new players and schemes in a game. The Redskins have won their last three preseason matchups against the Jets, including a 22-18 victory in the teams' most recent meeting on August 19, 2016. Again, the exact date and time for the game is to be determined. The game will also subsequently be two days before linebacker Ray Lewis is inducted into the Hall of Fame. The teams have met in six of the last nine preseasons.

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