Playoff teams spotlighted in national TV grid

NEW YORK -- Michael Vick and Peyton Manning will face off in
Tokyo, and the Miami Dolphins will follow up Dan Marino's
enshrinement in the Hall of Fame game during the first week of the
NFL preseason.

Each of the 11 nationally-televised preseason games will feature
a playoff team from last season, according to the schedule released

The Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts will kick off the preseason at the American Bowl in Japan on ESPN2, a game the NFL scheduled last December. The NFL's American Bowl series of international games began in 1986 in response to growing interest in American football around the world. Since then, 39 games have been played in 12 cities outside the United States.

The NFL also announced last week that the Dolphins will take on
the Chicago Bears in Canton on Aug. 8, a day after Marino enters
the Hall of Fame. The game also will mark the coaching debut of
Nick Saban in Miami.

Marino was elected to the Hall of Fame on Feb. 5, along with
Steve Young, Bennie Friedman and Fritz Pollard. He retired after
the 1999 season with NFL bests of 4,967 completions, 8,358 passes,
61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns. His record of 48 TD passes in a
season was broken last season by Manning.

The Hall of Fame game will be played on a Monday night and be
televised by ABC.

Other nationally televised exhibition games are the San Diego Chargers at Green Bay Packers, Aug. 11 (ESPN); Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers, Aug. 15
(ESPN); New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots, Aug. 18 (FOX); Minnesota Vikings at the
New York Jets, Aug. 19 (CBS); Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, Aug. 22 (ABC);
Atlanta at Jacksonville Jaguars, Aug. 25 (ESPN); Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins,
Aug. 26 (FOX); Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, Aug. 27 (CBS); and St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions, Aug. 29 (ABC).