While the NFL regular season schedule won't be released until April 17, the league released it's preseason schedule last night, and even though the games don't count there are still some interesting match-ups.
Specifically, the annual Jets-Giants clash has now been moved to week 2 of the preseason to accommodate nationally televised games for both the Jets and Giants in week 3. The Jets play the Carolina Panthers in week three of the preseason on Sunday Night Football on NBC, while Giants play on Saturday night against the Bears on CBS. That's right CBS carrying a NFC game!
Here are the preseason schedules:
@ Jacksonville.....7:30 NBC
@ N.Y. Jets ..........8:00 CBS
CHICAGO ...........8:10 CBS
NEW ENGLAND..7:00 NBC
@ Cincinnati ........8:00 CBS
N.Y. GIANTS.......8:00 CBS
@ Philadelphia......7:00 CBS
Interestingly the Giants hold their Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots in the final week of the preseason when no starters will take part of the game, which is a shame. It would have been nice to see the starters participate in that rematch, even if the game meant nothing.
The Jets-Panthers game is a feature for two reasons: 1) Cam Newton. The guy had an unbelievable season as a rookie quarterback for the Panthers last year, and believe me he is 100x better than both Jets quarterbacks. 2) That's the other headline, the battle royal between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, which mediocre QB will win the prize as the Jets starter for this new season?