Diehard football fans who have been hankering for the announcement regarding the preseason schedule should now be all smiles after the NFL confirmed the matchups for the upcoming season. The preseason officially kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears
. The exhibition games will start with the San Francisco 49ers
playing at home against the Dallas Cowboys at home on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018; a game that will definitely adjust 49ers preseason odds.
In the 2016 and 2017 NFL regular season, the 49ers played against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium. However, over the last three decades, San Francisco has hosted the Cowboys only once in the preseason, with the upcoming matchup being the second time since 1987. After this game, Jimmy Garoppolo will lead the 49ers to play two consecutive games on the road. The 49ers preseason odds will be tested as they start with the Houston Texans
followed by the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Even though the 49ers has played six preseason game against the Texans in the history of the NFL, their next matchup will be the first since 2016. On the other hand, San Francisco has played only two preseason games against the Colts.
The 49ers will play their last game against the Los Angeles Chargers
on August 30 to close the summer session at home. It is important to note that the Chargers is the only team that has played against San Francisco in their closing preseason match for the last 22 years. The Chargers has been the only recognized annual rival for the 49ers in their preseason finale. This was the only prescheduled game even before the announcement on Wednesday. To put this into perspective, the 49ers have played an exhibition game against the Chargers for the last 31 years. Their 2018 regular season game will take place in Carson, CA at the StubHub Center.
The San Francisco 49ers
and the Oakland Raiders
also had a series, with their last game played in 2011 art Candlestick Park stadium. The NFL suspended the series due to violence after disagreeing fans engaged in fights that led to injuries of some individuals. The 49ers will host the Cowboys on any day between August 9th and August 13th, as the league will confirm the dates soon.
When he was still with the New England Patriots
, Jimmy Garoppolo missed most of the preseasons die to injury. However, this is the first time the quarterback will be completing his offseason and starting a new preseason with San Francisco. The 49ers kick off their offseason program on Monday, with many fans expecting the NFL to announce the schedule for regular season before the end of next week, even though it has already revealed the list of opponents. The San Francisco 49ers
will play their home games against the Bears, Broncos, Giants
and Lions in addition to the three opponents from the NFC West. Their games on the road will include the Buccaneers
, Chargers, Chiefs
, Packers, Rams
, Seahawks and Vikings.