“NBC Sunday Night Football” kicks off the 2009 NFL preseason with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 9 as Terrell Owens makes his debut with the Buffalo Bills as they take on the Tennessee Titans who had an NFL-best 13-3 record last season. The preseason national television schedule was announced by the NFL today.
The other “NBC Sunday Night Football” preseason tilt announced today has the Denver Broncos hosting the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Aug. 30. Coverage for both games begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
The NFL announced last week that that the Pittsburgh Steelers will open defense of their Super Bowl championship, Thursday, September 10 on NBC, hosting the AFC South champion Titans. In the first “NBC Sunday Night Football” contest of the season, the Green Bay Packers will host their longtime rival the Chicago Bears.
In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL Thursday night season kickoff the following year. The first Sunday night primetime game on NBC will feature a division matchup between teams that have won seven of the past eight NFC North titles. The rest of the 2009 regular-season schedule will be completed and announced in April.