NFL announces 2015 preseason schedule, San Diego Chargers to face Cowboys, 49ers, and Seahawks

April 9, 2015

The Draft has yet to arrive, but already fans and media alike are drooling at the prospect of watching the upcoming NFL season.  Today, the NFL whet those appetites even more by announcing the league's finalized 65-game 2015 preseason schedule, including a slate of eight nationally televised preseason games.

The 2015 preseason will kick off on Sunday, August 9 (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) in Canton, Ohio, when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

Of more relevance to local Southern California fans is the San Diego Chargers exciting home preseason schedule as two 2014 playoff teams - the Dallas Cowboys and the reigning NFC-Champion Seattle Seahawks - will visit Qualcomm Stadium.

“It’s exciting for everyone when the preseason schedule comes out because you start to feel like the season is close,” said Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy. “Now we’ve got these first few dates we can put on the calendar and start our preparation for the season which begins at home with the Cowboys and Seahawks, two outstanding teams.”

The Chargers will open the preseason at home against the defending NFC East Champion Cowboys, who finished 12-4 in 2014 and made it all the way to the NFC Divisional Playoffs before losing in a highly controversial manner. The Cowboys have a dynamic offense, led by quarterback Tony Romo, wide receiver Dez Bryant, tight end Jason Witten, and a powerhouse offensive line.

Following a road game in Week 2 at Arizona, the Bolts will return home and face the Seahawks - Super Bowl XLVIII champions and runners up to New England in Super Bowl XLIX - on Saturday night, August 29, in a nationally-televised contest on CBS.

Seattle, which already has one of the NFL’s top offenses led by quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, added perennial Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham in the offseason. The Seahawks also had the NFL’s top-ranked defense in 2014, led by ball-hawking cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas.

The Chargers will conclude the preseason in San Francisco against the 49ers on Thursday September 3.  It is the 29th consecutive year in which the two teams have met in the preseason with San Francisco leading the all-time preseason series, 23-20.  The 49ers defeated the Chargers last preseason, 21-7.

As for the 49ers, they too have an interesting 2015 preseason schedule.

In addition to the preseason finale versus San Diego, the 49ers open the preseason on the road against the Houston Texans before returning home to face the Dallas Cowboys.  The game against Dallas will be the 15th preseason matchup overall between the two clubs.

San Francisco will then travel to Denver to play the Broncos in Game 3 of the preseason.  The 49ers are facing the Broncos in the preseason for the fourth consecutive season and the 37th overall.  The Broncos lead the preseason series 20-16.

Below is the complete NFL 2015 preseason schedule:

Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota (NBC, 8/9)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 13-17
Carolina at Buffalo
Dallas at San Diego
Denver at Seattle
Green Bay at New England
Indianapolis at Philadelphia
Kansas City at Arizona
Miami at Chicago
New Orleans at Baltimore
NY Giants at Cincinnati
NY Jets at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville
San Francisco at Houston
St. Louis at Oakland
Tampa Bay at Minnesota
Tennessee at Atlanta
Washington at Cleveland

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 20-24
Buffalo at Cleveland (ESPN, 8/20)
St. Louis at Tennessee (FOX, 8/23)
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay (ESPN, 8/24)
Atlanta at NY Jets
Baltimore at Philadelphia
Chicago at Indianapolis
Dallas at San Francisco
Denver at Houston
Detroit at Washington
Green Bay at Pittsburgh
Jacksonville at NY Giants
Miami at Carolina
New England at New Orleans
Oakland at Minnesota
San Diego at Arizona
Seattle at Kansas City

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 27-30
Detroit at Jacksonville (CBS, 8/28)
Seattle at San Diego (CBS, 8/29)
Houston at New Orleans (FOX, 8/30)
Arizona at Oakland (NBC, 8/30)
Atlanta at Miami
Chicago at Cincinnati
Cleveland at Tampa Bay
Indianapolis at St. Louis
Minnesota at Dallas
New England at Carolina
NY Jets at NY Giants
Philadelphia at Green Bay
Pittsburgh at Buffalo
San Francisco at Denver
Tennessee at Kansas City
Washington at Baltimore

Arizona at Denver
Baltimore at Atlanta
Buffalo at Detroit
Carolina at Pittsburgh
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
Cleveland at Chicago
Houston at Dallas
Jacksonville at Washington
Kansas City at St. Louis
Minnesota at Tennessee
New Orleans at Green Bay
NY Giants at New England
Oakland at Seattle
Philadelphia at NY Jets
San Diego at San Francisco
Tampa Bay at Miami

By Staff of and news services

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