The league released the full, 65-game exhibition schedule Wednesday, noting that all 12 playoff teams from last season will appear on national television this preseason.
That includes Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning’s Giants, of course, whose game against the visiting Chicago Bears on Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. ET, will be shown on CBS. Exact days and times for most games will be announced later.
Manning’s older brother Peyton gets his first chance to suit up wearing No. 18 for the Broncos in a Week 1 game, when Denver plays at Chicago sometime from Aug. 9-13. Peyton Manning, cut after 14 years with the Indianapolis Colts, could play against two teams that courted him in free agency, because the Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3, and are at the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4.
In Week 3, the Colts, who are expected to take quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall choice in the draft, will be at the Washington Redskins, who are expected to take Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the second pick.
The NFL already had announced the Aug. 5 preseason-opening Hall of Fame game will be between Arizona and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints and their head coach, Sean Payton, are in the process of appealing penalties for the bounty system the league said the team ran from 2009-11.
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