April 09, 2015

The NFL preseason will open Aug. 9 when Pittsburgh and Minnesota meet in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.

In the first full week of the preseason, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will host Green Bay, which lost to Seattle in the NFC title game. The Seahawks will host Denver, which they beat in the 2014 Super Bowl, in Week 1 of the exhibition games.

Most matchups in the preseason involve AFC vs. NFC teams, but a dozen games will feature intraconference meetings. Pittsburgh, Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay and Buffalo each play two exhibitions within the conference.

The regular season begins Sept. 10; that schedule is expected to be released later this month.

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