Thursday August 25th, 2011

Hurricane Irene could have an impact on Saturday's Giants-Jets game. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Not that it matters the slightest in the grand scheme of things, but it doesn't look like Hurricane Irene will impact this weekend's NFL preseason schedule at all.

The Giants and Jets game at the New Meadowlands on Saturday night may be the only one that has issues -- the hurricane is not expected to impact the New York area until Sunday, but officials are keeping an eye on the forceful storm. It is possible that the 7 p.m. ET game time could be moved up as a precaution.

Though the Giants are the home team, (Giants VP of communications Pat) Hanlon said it's the NFL's call as to whether game time will be altered. In the meantime, the Giants remain in contact with league officials on the matter.

The Bucs do host Miami on Saturday, with the chance of inclement weather looming. On its current path, though, Hurricane Irene should be up past that area by Friday, and Tampa Bay's location on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida should keep it out of harm's way for the most part. Philadelphia plays Thursday night, while Jacksonville and New England are both away this weekend, a small stroke of luck for the NFL.

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