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Games to (maybe) watch: Week-by-week preseason guide

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The 2010 preseason begins Sunday night in Canton, an event which is singularly important in that it marks the five-week point until the real games begin.

If you insist on tiding yourself over with some meaningless exhibition football over the next month, here's our guide to the games you shouldn't necessarily not watch during each week of the preseason slate:

Hall of Fame Week — Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys — Sunday, August 8 — NBC

It's worth watching for a few minutes, if only to get that initial burst of excitement you get when seeing live professional football for the first time since February.

Week 1 — New York Giants at New York Jets — Monday, August 16 — ESPN

The debut of New Meadowlands Stadium. Plus, how can you resist hearing the dulcet tones of Jon Gruden Ron Jaworski Mike Tirico?

Week 2 — Minnesota at San Francisco — Sunday, August 22 — NBC

This should be right around the time Tavaris Jackson will begin convincing himself that he'll be starting for the Vikings come September. And be sure to tune in for the pre-game show where you'll hear Peter King flip-flop 40 times on whether Brett Favre(notes) is coming back or not.

Week 3 —Philadelphia at Kansas City — Friday, August 27 — None

This one's not on national TV and I wouldn't pay 40 cents to watch it (let alone $40, like the NFL is charging for preseason games), but new Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb(notes) figures to get his most playing time in the third week of the preseason so this will be your best shot to see whether Andy Reid is set to be feted or fired this year for getting rid of Donovan McNabb(notes).

Week 4 — NONE

Unless you have an intense interest in whether Shaun Bodiford(notes) or Jacoby Ford(notes) becomes the Raiders fifth receiver or in which excuses Bill Belichick will use to keep out all of his starters, there is no reason to watch any week four preseason game. Ever.

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