Preseason NFL Football: When Does the 2021 NFL Preseason Start?

Adam Taylor McKillop
Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will face off the Hall of Fame game on August 5.
Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will face off the Hall of Fame game on August 5. / George Gojkovich/Getty Images
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The 2021 NFL season is just around the corner with teams reporting to training camp. At this point, just a few highlights remain before the official kick-off of the 2021 NFL season.

Of course, that includes NFL Preseason football. Football fans across America and the world are clamoring in anticipation for preseason football.

When Does Preseason Football Start?

Preseason football is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, August 5. This official start of the NFL Preseason ends a six-month absence of football action.

When Does NFL Season Start 2021?

First up on the NFL Preseason schedule is the annual Hall of Fame Game, which is scheduled for Aug. 5. This matchup features the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, who will meet at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

NFL Preseason

The rest of the 2021 NFL Preseason rattles throughout the month of August. Both Pittsburgh and Dallas are scheduled for four preseason games while the remaining 30 NFL teams will each play three.

Week 2 of the NFL Preseason is scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 12. This includes a pair of games between the Washington Football Team vs New England Patriots and Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles.

Preseason NFL 2021

The rest of Week 2 Preseason NFL action continues on from Thursday, Aug. 12 - Sunday, Aug. 15. Week 3 of the NFL Preseason runs from Thursday, Aug. 19 - Monday, Aug. 23. Finally, the Week 4 action takes place from Friday, Aug. 27 - Sunday, Aug. 29.

2021 NFL Preseason

Week 1
- Thursday, August 5: Hall of Fame Game (Steelers vs Cowboys)

Week 2
- Thursday, August 12 to Sunday, August 15

Week 3
- Thursday, August 19 to Monday, August 23

Week 4
- Friday, August 27 to Sunday, August 29


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