Bills announce four-game preseason schedule, open at home against Carolina

Bills announce four-game preseason schedule, open at home against Carolina

The 49ers open week one of exhibition play in Levi's Stadium against running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys, who missed the playoffs last season despite massive preseason expectations. As they seem to do every year, they will face the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos.

Note: Times for the Ravens' preseason games will be set at a later date.

That game against the Colts will take place during the second week of August, so sometime between August 9 and August 11 (the Sounders play at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, August 12).

The NFL regular-season schedule is expected to be released next week. Pittsburgh did cut some players prior to the roster deadline weekend last season.

The anticipation for the 2018 NFL season, which starts September 6, can begin after the league announced the full 65-game preseason schedule Wednesday. For 22 of the past 24 years, the 49ers ended their preseasons with matchups against the Chargers with both teams playing an exhibition game against each other for 31-straight years. Their away games are against Dallas, Jacksonville (London), Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Washington.




Next, Atlanta will play host to the Chiefs, who have also made some dramatic changes at the most important position on the field.

Houston has faced Kansas City three previous times in the preseason.

Carolina and Buffalo will meet for the sixth time in the preseason and third time at Buffalo. The Rams lead the all-time preseason series, 4-0.

The Pats will be at home for their first two weeks of the preseason against the Washington Redskins and then against the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of the two Super Bowl teams in Week 2.

This will be just the third preseason trip to Nashville for the Buccaneers, and their first since 2009, when they lost their opener, 27-20, to the Titans.

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