The 2018 NFL season will be here soon enough, and the first step towards that is finding it all out was unveiled Wednesday afternoon. That’s when the league announced, all at once, the preseason schedule for all 32 teams.
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We’ll start with the defending AFC South Champions Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags will open the preseason at home the first weekend at newly renamed “TIAA Bank Field.” Blake Bortles and Jacksonville will then be on the road the second weekend at the site of Super Bowl 52, in Minnesota, to play the Vikings. Then, they will return back home in weekend number three to play the Atlanta Falcons before closing out the season in Tampa on Thursday night August 30th against the Bucs.
Speaking of the Buccaneers, they will open the preseason against traditional cross-state rival Miami playing at Hard Rock Stadium in the first weekend. The Bucs will then travel to Nashville, where Jameis Winston re-unites with Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans in weekend number two. Winston and Mariota were drafted #1 and #2 overall in the 2015 draft and played their first ever regular season game against each other in Tampa that year with the Titans and Mariota winning in a rout.
Then, the Buccaneers have a national television game against the Detroit Lions on Friday night August 24th on CBS. Finally, as mentioned, the Jags will come in for the final preseason game of 2018 to Tampa Bay.
And for the Dolphins, their third year under head coach Adam Gase will see them play Tampa Bay, as mentioned in weekend one at home. Then, Miami will play Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte in the second week before returning home to play the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium the third weekend.
The Dolphins will wrap up the 2018 preseason on Thursday night August 30th against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is the site of Super Bowl 53, upcoming.
The NFL will release the regular season dates and games soon with much more fanfare and intrigue. This will include all three state teams finding out when and where they will play important and National TV games for the upcoming season.
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