Last year, there was NO pre-season because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That made it hard for coaches to evaluate talent.

This year, there’s going to be a pre-season. There’s going to be a chance for coaches and fans to evaluate talent and see where their team will be. It’ll also give fans a chance to work on those tail-gaiting skills for the regular season.

The National Football League released the 2021 pre-season schedule two weeks ago with some changes.

For openers, everyone will play three pre-season games, instead of four or five. That means that the pre-season’s going to be a little shorter but there will be a pre-season. Granted, while three games is short, it’s better than nothing.

With that, here’s the 2021 NFL Pre-Season Schedule

2021 NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Thursday, August 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas, 8 p.m. (NFL Hall of Fame Game)(FOX)

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 13
Tennessee at ATLANTA, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Denver at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cincinnati at Washington, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 21
ATLANTA at Miami, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m.
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Baltimore at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Baltimore at Washington, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Tennessee, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8 p.m.
Arizona at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05 p.m.
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 29
Cleveland at ATLANTA, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Miami at Cincinnati, 4 p.m. (CBS)
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4 p.m.
New England at New York Giants, 6 p.m.