By By Bill LazorAP Sports WriterThe NFL is back and it’s about to go all in on its preseason schedule.
The league announced Wednesday that it will air the NFL Network’s debut of the 2016 NFL preseason games at the beginning of the season, the first time that will happen since the start of the 2014 season.
The games will air at 6 p.m.
ET on Thursday, Aug. 8, and will be broadcast on CBS, FOX and NBC in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The networks are all owned by Comcast.
The networks are airing a limited number of preseason games in each market.
The NFL will air all preseason games from Aug. 18-26 in the AFC East and NFC East.
The NFC East games will be the first of the preseason and the AFC West games will feature the Patriots against the Jets.
The first preseason game will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on Aug. 24.
The third preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 31 in New Orleans against the Browns.
The first preseason of the 2017 season is set for Aug, 5, in New York against the Ravens.
The teams will meet once more on Aug., 7 in Detroit, where the Patriots will take on the Lions in a preseason game.
The Patriots are expected to be in attendance for the second preseason game, which is scheduled to be held on Aug, 14 in Detroit against the Broncos.