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2014 NFL preseason schedule announced

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

The 2014 NFL preseason will kick off with the Bills facing the Giants. (USATSI)

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Preseason football may be some four months off, but the NFL wants to give you time to get adequately pumped for what amounts to glorified practices. That's right: On Wednesday, the league announced the 2014 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory.

Meaningless may be an overstatement; the preseason is when jobs are won and rosters are made. It also provides hapless fans of hopeless franchises a chance to feel like this is the year.

We'll get a better sense after the draft of which games will be worth your attention, but in the meantime we'll pencil in these Week 1 matchups as noteworthy, too (at least for the first couple of series, anyway).

* Bills vs. Giants: It'll be the closest thing we've had to football since the Super Bowl. Hey, beggars can't be choosers.

* Seahawks vs. Broncos: Denver and Peyton Manning will have their revenge. At least for the one series they're on the field.

* Patriots vs. Redskins: We'll get our first glimpse at a healthy Robert Griffin III playing in Jay Gruden's new offense.

* Panthers vs. Patriots: Looking forward to the Luke Kuechly and Rob Gronkowski halftime reenactment.

And here's the entire 2014 NFL preseason schedule:

DateHall of Fame Game, Canton, OhioTime/Network
Aug 3Bills vs. Giants (Hall of Fame Game)8 PM EST/NBC
Aug 7-10Week 1Time/Network
TBAMiami at Atlanta
TBA
New England at Washington
TBA
Indianapolis at New York Jets
TBASan Francisco at Baltimore
TBA
Cincinnati at Kansas City

TBA
Cleveland at Detroit

TBA
Pittsburgh at New York Giants

TBAHouston at Arizona
TBA
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

TBA
Green Bay at Tennessee

TBA
Seattle at Denver

TBA
Oakland at Minnesota

TBA
Dallas at San Diego

TBA
Philadelphia at Chicago

TBA
Buffalo at Carolina

TBANew Orleans at St. Louis
Aug 14-18Week 2Network
Aug 14Jacksonville at Chicago8 PM EST/ESPN
Aug 17Kansas City at Carolina8 PM EST/FOX
Aug 18
Cleveland at Washington
8 PM EST/ESPN
TBA
Miami at Tampa Bay

TBA
Philadelphia at New England

TBAMinnesota at Arizona
TBA
New York Jets at Cincinnati

TBA
Atlanta at Houston

TBA
New York Giants at Indianapolis

TBA
Tennessee at New Orleans

TBADenver at San Francisco
TBADetroit at Oakland
TBA
Buffalo at Pittsburgh

TBA
San Diego at Seattle

TBA
Baltimore at Dallas

TBAGreen Bay at St. Louis
Aug 21-24Week 3Network
Aug 22Oakland at Green Bay8 PM EST/CBS
Aug 23
New Orleans at Indianapolis
8 PM EST/CBS
Aug 24
San Diego at San Francisco
4 PM EST/FOX
Aug 25Cincinnati at Arizona4 PM EST/NBC
TBATampa Bay at Buffalo
TBA
Dallas at Miami

TBA
Carolina at New England

TBA
New York Giants at New York Jets

TBA
Washington at Baltimore

TBA
St. Louis at Cleveland

TBAPittsburgh at Philadelphia
TBA
Houston at Denver

TBA
Jacksonville at Detroit

TBA
Tennessee at Atlanta
TBAMinnesota at Kansas City
TBA
Chicago at Seattle
Aug 28Week 4Network
Aug 28Detroit at Buffalo
Aug 28St. Louis at Miami
Aug 28New England at New York Giants
Aug 28New York Jets at Philadelphia
Aug 28Baltimore at New Orleans
Aug 28
Indianpolis at Cincinnati

Aug 28

Chicago at Cleveland
Aug 28Carolina at Pittsburgh
Aug 28San Francisco at Houston
Aug 28Atlanta at Jacksonville
Aug 28Minnestoa at Tennessee
Aug 28Denver at Dallas
Aug 28Kansas City at Green Bay
Aug 28
Seattle at Oakland

Aug 28
Arizona at San Diego

Aug 28
Washington at Tampa Bay

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