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NFL games today: Everything you need to know about the 2021 NFL season

There aren’t any NFL games today per say, but the 2021 season is quickly approaching, and there are plenty of key dates and events surrounding pro football to keep fans interested until the weekly game action gets underway again.

Check in here throughout the year for a full weekly schedule, links to Sportsnaut’s season forecasts for all 32 teams and much more on the road to the NFL’s grand finale, Super Bowl LVI, on February 13, 2022.

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NFL games today: Everything you need to know about the 2021 NFL season
Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Browns won 48-37. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, August 5: Hall of Fame Game, NFL preseason begins

The NFL preseason has been reduced from four to three games. It was canceled in 2020, as was the annual Hall of Fame game, which is played in Canton, Ohio. This year, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the proceedings.

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NFL roster cutdown date – August 31

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, NFL teams are required to simultaneously submit their final 53-man rosters for the upcoming season. Any player on the active/physically unable to perform list must either be active or be placed on the reserve/PUP list or be activated.

2021 NFL preseason schedule

Hall of Fame Weekend

Thursday, Aug. 5Time (ET)TV
Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (in Canton, Ohio)8:00 PMFOX

NFL preseason Week 1

Thursday, Aug. 12Time (ET)TV
Washington Football Team @ New England Patriots7:30 PMPatriots Preseason Network
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles7:30 PMKDKA-TV, NBC10
Friday, Aug. 13Time (ET)TV
Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PMWKRN
Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions7:00 PMWIVB, FOX 2
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals 10:00 PMKTVT, KPNX (Channel 12)
Saturday, Aug. 14Time (ET)TV
Miami Dolphins @ Chicago Bears 1:00 PMCBS4, FOX32
Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings 4:00 PMFOX 9
Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00 PMNEWS 5
New Orleans Saints @ Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PMWBAL-TV
New York Jets @ New York Giants 7:30 PMWNBC
Cincinnati Bengals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PMBengals TV Network, WFLA
Houston Texans @ Green Bay Packers8:00 PMABC13, Packers TV Network
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Francisco 49ers 8:30 PMKSHB
Seattle Seahawks @ Las Vegas Raiders 9:00 PMQ13 FOX, FOX5 Las Vegas
Los Angeles Chargers @ Los Angeles Rams10:00 PMCBS2 LA
Sunday, Aug. 15Time (ET)TV
Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts1:00 PMPanthers TV Network, FOX59

NFL preseason Week 2

Thursday, Aug. 19Time (ET)TV
New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles7:30 PMPatriots Preseason Network, NBC10
Friday, Aug. 20Time (ET)TV
Cincinnati Bengals @ Washington Football Team8:00 PMBengals TV Network, NBC4
Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PMKSHB, KPNX (Channel 12), ESPN
Saturday, Aug. 21Time (ET)TV
Buffalo Bills @ Chicago Bears 1:00 PMWIVB, FOX32
New York Jets @ Green Bay Packers 4:25 PMWLNY/CBS, Packers TV Network
Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins7:00 PMCBS4
Baltimore Ravens @ Carolina Panthers7:00 PMWBAL-TV, Panthers TV Network
Detroit Lions @ Pittsburgh Steelers7:30 PMFOX 2, KDKA-TV
Tennessee Titans @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PMWKRN, WFLA
Houston Texans @ Dallas Cowboys8:00 PMABC13, KTVT
Indianapolis Colts @ Minnesota Vikings8:00 PMFOX59, FOX 9
Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Rams10:00 PMFOX5 Las Vegas
Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks 10:00 PMQ13 FOX
Sunday, Aug. 22Time (ET)TV
New York Giants @ Cleveland Browns1:00 PMWNBC, NEWS 5
San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Chargers7:30 PMCBS2 LA
Monday, Aug. 23Time (ET)TV
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New Orleans Saints8:00 PMESPN

NFL preseason Week 3

Friday, Aug. 27Time (ET)TV
Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions 7:00 PMFOX59, FOX 2
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets7:30 PMNBC10, WCBS
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Carolina Panthers7:30 PMKDKA-TV, Panthers TV Network
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs8:00 PMFOX 9, KSHB
Saturday, Aug. 28Time (ET)TV
Green Bay Packers @ Buffalo Bills1:00 PMPackers TV Network, WIVB
Baltimore Ravens @ Washington Football Team 6:00 PMNFL Network, WBAL-TV, NBC4
Chicago Bears @ Tennessee Titans 7:00 PMFOX32, WKRN
Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints8:00 PMKPNX (Channel 12)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Houston Texans8:00 PMWFLA, ABC13
Los Angeles Rams @ Denver Broncos9:05 PMTBD
Los Angeles Chargers @ Seattle Seahawks 10:00 PMCBS2 LA, Q13 FOX
Sunday, Aug. 29Time (ET)TV
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys 1:00 PMKTVT
Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals 4:00 PMCBS
Las Vegas Raiders @ San Francisco 49ers 4:00 PM FOX5 Las Vegas
New England Patriots @ New York Giants6:00 PMPatriots Preseason Network, WNBC
Cleveland Browns @ Atlanta Falcons8:00 PMNBC

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NFL Games Today: Week 1 kickoff: Thursday, September 9

Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans (not pictured) against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans (not pictured) against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and the Super Bowl LV champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Dak Prescott the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium to kick off the 2021 NFL season. It’s a great lineup of Week 1 matchups, but this one is going to be seriously intriguing.

Regular season upcoming NFL games

NFL Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 9Time (ET)TV
Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TNF)8:20 PMNBC
Sunday, Sept. 12Time (ET)TV
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans1:00 PMCBS
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills1:00 PMCBS
New York Jets @ Carolina Panthers1:00 PMCBS
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons1:00 PMFOX
Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts1:00 PMFOX
Los Angeles Chargers @ Washington Football Team1:00 PMCBS
Arizona Cardinals @ Tennessee Titans1:00 PMCBS
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions1:00 PMFOX
Minnesota Vikings @ Cincinnati Bengals1:00 PMFOX
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs4:25 PMCBS
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots4:25 PMCBS
Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints4:25 PMFOX
Denver Broncos @ New York Giants4:25 PMFOX
Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams (SNF)8:20 PMNBC
Monday, Sept. 13Time (ET)TV
Baltimore Ravens @ Las Vegas Raiders (MNF)8:15 PMESPN, ABC

Team by Team NFL Schedule

NFL Week 2

Thursday, Sept. 16Time (ET)TV
New York Giants @ Washington Football Team (TNF)8:20 PMNFLN
Sunday, Sept. 19Time (ET)TV
Los Angeles Rams @ Indianapolis Colts1:00 PMFOX
New England Patriots @ New York Jets1:00 PMCBS
Cincinnati Bengals @ Chicago Bears1:00 PMFOX
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles1:00 PMFOX
Las Vegas Raiders @ Pittsburgh Steelers1:00 PMFOX
Houston Texans @ Cleveland Browns1:00 PMCBS
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers1:00 PMFOX
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins1:00 PMCBS
Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars1:00 PMCBS
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers4:05 PMFOX
Minnesota Vikings @ Arizona Cardinals4:05 PMFOX
Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Chargers4:25 PMCBS
Tennessee Titans @ Seattle Seahawks4:25 PMCBS
Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens (SNF)8:20 PMNBC
Monday, Sept. 20Time (ET)TV
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers (MNF)8:15 PMESPN

NFL Week 3

Thursday, Sept. 23Time (ET)TV
Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans (TNF)8:20 PMNFLN
Sunday, Sept. 26Time (ET)TV
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs1:00 PMCBS
Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns1:00 PMFOX
New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots1:00 PMFOX
Washington Football Team @ Buffalo Bills1:00 PMFOX
Arizona Cardinals @ Jacksonville Jaguars1:00 PMFOX
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans1:00 PMCBS
Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions1:00 PMCBS
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers1:00 PMCBS
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants1:00 PMFOX
New York Jets @ Denver Broncos4:05 PMCBS
Miami Dolphins @ Las Vegas Raiders4:05 PMCBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Los Angeles Rams4:25 PMFOX
Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings4:25 PMFOX
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers (SNF)8:20 PMNBC
Monday, Sept. 27Time (ET)TV
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys (MNF)8:15 PMESPN
  • *TNF = Thursday Night Football
  • *SNF = Sunday Night Football
  • *MNF = Monday Night Football

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When is the NFL trade deadline?

All 32 NFL teams must have finalized by 4 PM EST on Nov. 2. After the deadline passes, trades involving players can’t be made until the new 2022 NFL league year begins on March 15 at 4 PM EST.

Key dates for NFL playoffs

  • January 15-16: Wild Card Weekend games
  • January 22-23: Divisional Round games
  • January 30: AFC and NFC Championship Games
  • February 13: Super Bowl LVI

NFL Cheerleaders

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Oct 22, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform in the fourth quarter in a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dec 23, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleader performs during a timeout from the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders

Sep 25, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cheerleaders during the second quarter between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team Cheerleaders

Dec 15, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; A Washington Football Team cheerleader dances on the field during a timeout against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders

Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; The Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders, The Roar perform before a game against the Chicago Bears at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Aug 8, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports.

Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders

Oct 15, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders perform during a football game against the Los Angeles Rams at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during the fourth quarter of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders

Oct 15, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders Cheerleaders

Sep 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Cheerleaders

Aug 16, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cheerleaders perform during the first quarter of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders

Oct 28, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders perform during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers Cheerleaders

Aug 20, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers cheerleaders perform during a NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders

Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders perform during the second half of a football game against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dec 18, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform a holiday show at halftime for the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Tampa 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders

Aug 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers Topcats Cheerleaders perform during the second quarter between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dec 9, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleader performs on the sidelines during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team Cheerleaders

Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Football Team cheerleaders dance on the field during a timeout against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. Washington won 15-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Cheerleaders

Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans cheerleader perform in the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game between the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sportsnn

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Oct 21, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cheerleader performs against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Nov 19, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A Minnesota Vikings cheerleader performs during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Cheerleaders

Oct. 9, 2011 – Foxboro, Massachusetts, U.S – New England Patriots cheerleaders perform. The New England Patriots defeat the New York Jets 30 – 21 during the AFC East matchup at Gillette Stadium. (Credit Image: u00a9 Geoff Bolte/Southcreek/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Los Angeles Chargers Cheerleaders

Aug 25, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers girls cheerleaders perform during a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Oct 22, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform in the fourth quarter in a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports