2013 NFL preseason schedule announced

The 2013 NFL preseason will kick off with the Cowboys facing the Dolphins. (USATSI)
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 Thursday, the league announced the 2013 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory.

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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).

* Cowboys vs. Dolphins: We'll get our first glimpse at a revamped Miami team featuring Mike Wallace.

* Arizona at Green Bay: The debut of quarterback Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians.

* Buffalo at Indianapolis: Commence the Kevin Kolb era ... unless he loses the job in training camp.

* Kansas City at New Orleans: The debut of Alex Smith and the return of Sean Payton.

* N.Y. Jets at Detroit: No way Tebow's on this roster, right? RIGHT!?

And here's the entire 2013 NFL preseason schedule:

Date Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio Time/Network
Aug 4 Cowboys vs. Dolphins (Hall of Fame Game) 8 PM EST/NBC
Aug 8-11 Week 1 Time/Network
Aug 8 Cincinnati at Atlanta  8 PM EST/ESPN
TBA
Arizona at Green Bay
 
TBA
Baltimore at Tampa Bay
 
TBA Buffalo at Indianapolis
TBA
Chicago at Carolina

TBA
Dallas at Oakland

TBA
Denver at San Francisco

TBA Houston at Minnesota
TBA
Kansas City at New Orleans

TBA
Miami at Jacksonville

TBA
New England at Philadelphia

TBA
NY Giants at Pittsburgh

TBA
NY Jets at Detroit

TBA
St. Louis at Cleveland

TBA
Seattle at San Diego

TBA Washington at Tennessee
Aug 15-19 Week 2 Network
Aug 15 San Diego at Chicago

8 PM EST/ESPN

Aug 16 Tampa Bay at New England 8 PM EST/FOX
Aug 18
Indianapolis at NY Giants
8 PM EST/FOX
Aug 19
Pittsburgh at Washington
8 PM EST/ESPN
TBA
Atlanta at Baltimore

TBA Carolina at Philadelphia
TBA
Dallas at Arizona

TBA
Denver at Seattle

TBA
Detroit at Cleveland

TBA
Green Bay at St. Louis

TBA Jacksonville at NY Jets
TBA Miami at Houston
TBA
Minnesota at Buffalo

TBA
Oakland at New Orleans

TBA
San Francisco at Kansas City

TBA Tennessee at Cincinnati  
Aug 22-25 Week 3 Network
Aug 22 Carolina at Baltimore 8 PM EST/ESPN
Aug 23
Seattle at Green Bay
8 PM EST/CBS
Aug 24
St. Louis at Denver
8 PM EST/CBS
Aug 25 New Orleans at Houston 4 PM EST/FOX
Aug 25 Minnesota at San Francisco 8 PM EST/NBC
TBA
Atlanta at Tennessee

TBA
Buffalo at Washington

TBA
Chicago at Oakland

TBA
Cincinnati at Dallas

TBA
Cleveland at Indianapolis

TBA Kansas City at Pittsburgh
TBA
New England at Detroit

TBA
NY Jets at NY Giants

TBA
Philadelphia at Jacksonville
 
TBA San Diego at Arizona  
TBA
Tampa Bay at Miami
 
Aug 29-30 Week 4 Network
TBA
Arizona at Denver

TBA
Baltimore at St. Louis

TBA
Cleveland at Chicago

TBA Detroit at Buffalo
TBA Green Bay at Kansas City
TBA
Houston at Dallas

TBA Indianapolis at Cincinnati
TBA
Jacksonville at Atlanta

TBA NY Giants at New England
TBA Oakland at Seattle
TBA Philadelphia at NY Jets
TBA Pittsburgh at Carolina
TBA San Francisco at San Diego
TBA
Tennessee at Minnesota

TBA
Washington at Tampa Bay

TBA
New Orleans at Miami

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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