ootball returns with a bang on Thursday as the NFL preseason gets underway in earnest after the appetizer of the Hall of Fame Game last week.
The imminent return of preseason football means the regular season is less than a month away. The upcoming NFL campaign will be a historic one for the league, as it will mark the NFL’s 100th anniversary and a number of major celebrations are planned throughout the year.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Week 1 of the regular season.
When does the NFL season start?
The 100th season of the NFL begins on Thursday, September 5. The honor of playing in the curtain raiser is bestowed upon two of the league’s oldest franchises when the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.
Thirteen games are scheduled for Sunday, September 8, with two games the following day. The Houston Texans travel to New Orleans to face the Saints in the first Monday Night Football of the season, before the Oakland Raiders welcome the Denver Broncos in an all-AFC West affair.
TV schedule (all times ET)
Thursday, September 5
- Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears—8:20 p.m., NBC
Sunday, September 8
- Los Angeles Rams @ Carolina Panthers—1 p.m., FOX
- Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles—1 p.m., FOX
- Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets—1 p.m., CBS
- Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings—1 p.m., FOX
- Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins—1 p.m., CBS
- Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars—1 p.m., CBS
- Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns—1 p.m., CBS
- Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers—4:05 p.m., CBS
- Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks—4:05 p.m., CBS
- San Francisco 49ers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers—4:25 p.m., FOX
- New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys—4:25 p.m., FOX
- Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots—8:20 p.m., NBC
Monday, September 9
- Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints—7:10 p.m., ESPN
- Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders—10:20 p.m., ESPN