NFL Preseason Week 3 schedule: Time, TV channel, live stream info for every game
Welcome to the third week of the 2017 NFL preseason. It’s still the preseason, the one time of year we’re forced to watch the likes of Christian Hackenberg and
do their best NFL quarterback impressions, but finally some somewhat meaningful football is on the horizon.
This week, teams will undergo their dress rehearsals for the regular season. For most starters, it’s their last real chance to knock off the rust. For most fans, it’s their first glimpse at what their favorite team might look like in the upcoming season. For Fantasy footballers, it might be their last glimpse at the players they’re targeting in their drafts. For everyone, it’s somewhat meaningful football.
That might not seem like much, but well, it’s all we’ve got for now. And we’ll take it.
Below, you’ll find all the information you need to tune in as the action unfolds this week. Let’s get to it …
TV, stream info for Week 3
TV note: All preseason games will be shown on local TV, so check your local listings. Six games will be shown on national television. Those games will be highlighted below.
Streaming note: All Week 3 games that aren’t nationally televised can be streamed online via NFL GamePass, which is available for $99.99. You can purchase it with a one-time payment or four installments. Also of note: You can sign up for a free trial and cancel at any point during that trial. Remember, by purchasing NFL GamePass, you’ll be able to re-watch regular season games too.
Thursday, Aug. 24
, 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network: This might be the most important game of the week and luckily, it’ll be broadcast on national television. It’s important because new Dolphins quarterback
is . That’s the biggest reason to watch: How will Cutler look in his dress rehearsal? He shook off the rust a week ago. Now, it’s time for him to show if he’s ready for the regular season. An added bonus: Cutler will reunite with
. From the Eagles’ perspective, they’ll be hoping
continues his dominant preseason. He’s 10 of 13 for 112 yards and a touchdown so far.
, 7:30 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass: Suddenly, there’s a quarterback competition in Jacksonville. It might not be an exciting one, but we’ll take it. So, who will prevail? Will it be the incumbent,
? Or the long-time backup,
? Exciting stuff. For the Panthers, all of the excitement should still surround rookie running back
, who dazzled us last week. He looks legit.
Friday, Aug. 25
New England Patriots
, 7 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass: The Patriots have a crowded backfield, so it’ll be interesting to see which running back can grab a hold of the starting job.
appeared to be the favorite, but he sat out last week’s game with a hamstring injury, which handed
an opportunity. Burkhead didn’t do much on the ground against the
, but he caught three passes for 50 yards and a score. Can Burkhead continue to carve out a more significant role than expected? That’s something to watch for in this game.
Kansas City Chiefs
, 8 p.m. ET, CBS: This might be a bigger game for
than he expected. Though the Chiefs drafted
in the first round, 2017 was always supposed to be Smith’s season. But after Mahomes’ great start to the preseason, Smith could use a solid outing on Friday to quell the whispers calling for Mahomes. On the flipside, if Smith struggles and Mahomes lights it up again, the Chiefs could enter the season with a mini controversy. For the Seahawks, this game is all about the offensive line. After losing starting left tackle George Fant, the Seahawks need to get their new-look line some valuable reps together so that
can survive the upcoming season.
Saturday, Aug. 26
, 7 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass:
isn’t getting much help —
was traded and
— but he could use a good game to silence his critics. Taylor’s been a mess this preseason, completing 50 percent of his passes, averaging 3.8 yards per attempt, and throwing two picks. We’ll see if he can get back on track against the Ravens, who are still without
New York Jets
New York Giants
, 7 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass: This is the game that will determine the Jets’ quarterback competition. The favorite is veteran
, who has looked solid in the preseason. The underdog is the young, but erratic
. All signs point toward McCown winning the job, but Jets coach Todd Bowles said that he’ll make his final decision after watching film from this game.
, 7 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass:
been downright unstoppable this preseason. In his two drives, he’s gone 7 of 9 for 89 yards and a touchdown. Both drives reached the end zone. Let’s see if he can keep it up as he attempts to avoid a Super Bowl hangover. For the Cardinals, their receivers need to show signs of improvement after Bruce Arians called them out. Most importantly, PLEASE DON’T GET HURT,
, 7:30 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass: Unfortunately,
won’t be participating in their dress rehearsals with Luck still hurt and Bell still absent. A couple important things to watch: Can
shake off the rust? Will
follow up his impressive debut with another solid outing to earn a spot behind Bell on the depth chart?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, 7:30 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass: It certainly sounds like
has lost the quarterback competition to the very tall, but very bad
, but Kizer could make Hue Jackson’s choice difficult with another elite performance. For Osweiler, this is his chance to fully cement his status as the starter. The Buccaneers don’t have too many important position battles at stake so for them this game is all about
getting into a rhythm with his new targets. So far, that hasn’t been an issue. Winston is 30 of 42 for 295 yards this preseason. Most importantly, he hasn’t been picked off.
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
, 8 p.m. ET, CBS: The battle for Los Angeles! This might be the first time anyone’s been able to say this since the Rams moved to L.A., but the most intriguing aspect of this game is the Rams’ offense. A year ago, top pick
looked overwhelmed by the NFL. This preseason, in Sean McVay’s offense, Goff has been sharp. He’s 19 of 24 for 194 yards and a touchdown. Let’s see if he can keep the momentum rolling in his dress rehearsal.
New Orleans Saints
, 8 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass:
needs to show signs of improvement. He’s been underwhelming so far this preseason, completing just 51.4 percent of his passes. At this point, it’s looking like the Texans’ starting job will go to
. This is Watson’s last chance to put his name into the mix. For the Saints, let’s see if rookie running back
can continue to make his case for more reps in a crowded backfield that already features
, 8 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass: The Raiders’ defense has looked downright awful this preseason, so this will be a nice final preseason test for them. They’ve been so bad that their coach, Jack Del Rio, recently called them out. For the Cowboys, keep an eye on
, who made his return last week, and how they handle their running back situation with
suspended for the regular season.
Green Bay Packers
, 9 p.m. ET, NFL GamePass: The , so this game is about
working with the first team. Also keep an eye on
, who will get his “shot” against the Packers, according to Vance Joseph. For the Packers, expect
to make another appearance. Last week, he went 6 of 8 for 37 yards and a touchdown that he threw to new tight end,
Sunday, Aug. 27
, 1 p.m. ET, Fox: John Fox says there’s no quarterback controversy, but there should be one considering how much better
has looked than
. On Monday, Fox refused to say if Trubisky would get reps with the first team, but Trubisky almost definitely should. This game holds plenty of intrigue because it’s Glennon’s final chance to show us why the Bears handed him the starting job after they drafted Trubisky.
, 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox: Can
continue to make his case to be the Bengals’ lead back? Can
do the same for the Redskins? Two rookie running backs square off.
San Francisco 49ers
, 8 p.m. ET, NBC: Another rookie running back,
, can keep proving he’s the Vikings’ best back. For the 49ers, they don’t have an open quarterback competition, but I’m most intrigued by rookie C.J. Beathard, who’s flashed potential this preseason. Also worth watching: how
looks after a great debut.