The best thing about preseason football, of course, is that its arrival means regular-season football isn’t too far away.
Here is the schedule for preseason AFC South teams. Specific dates and times are still to be determined for all but the two nationally televised contests.
Week 1 (Aug. 8-12)
Houston at Minnesota
Indianapolis vs. Buffalo
Jacksonville vs. Miami
Tennessee vs. Washington
Week 2 (Aug. 15-19)
Houston vs. Miami
Indianapolis at NY Giants, (Sun. Aug. 18, Fox, 8 p.m. ET)
Jacksonville at Jets (safe to presume not on Sun. Aug. 18)
Tennessee at Cincinnati
Week 3 (Aug. 22-26)
Houston vs. New Orleans (Sun. Aug. 25, Fox, 3 p.m. CT)
Indianapolis vs. Cleveland
Jacksonville vs. Philadelphia
Tennessee vs. Atlanta
Week 4 (Aug. 28-30)
Houston at Dallas
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Jacksonville at Atlanta
Tennessee at Minnesota
Most interesting game (using "interesting" in a preseason context): Texans against New Orleans. Week 3 should give us full lineups for at least a half. We'll see how the Texans, who were shredded by Drew Brees in New Orleans in the 2011 regular season, can handle a high-powered passing game. We'll see how the Houston offense operates against a defense revamped under coordinator Rob Ryan.
Best player we won't see: The Redskins can pump up the timetable of Robert Griffin III's recovery from a torn-up knee, but the odds of him playing on the opening weekend of the preseason in Tennessee are tiny.
Game most likely to make someone look good: The Texans typically sit their top guys -- a very high number -- for their preseason finale. So if Dallas wants to give Tony Romo a chance to head into the regular season off a big game, they'll have the chance at Cowboys Stadium.
Biggest quirk: The Jaguars and Colts playing at the same road stadium on the same weekend. In Week 2 we'll see the Jags at the Jets and the Colts at the Giants, both, obviously, at MetLife Stadium.
Most interesting team to visit: The Eagles under Chip Kelly are going to be very interesting, and Week 3 is the best week. The Jaguars draw a guest that should be intriguing to watch.