It won't count in the standings, but after eight long months, who cares? The Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants are squaring off in tonight's Hall of Fame Game, the annual NFL preseason opener that takes place at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Because it's the first preseason game of the 2014 league year, and because it occurs the day after the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, the game will be televised nationally tonight on NBC, with the Sunday Night Football crew calling the contest. Here are the essentials you need to know if you're planning on catching the game this evening.
- Kickoff time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC
- Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya
- Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), 660 WFAN (New York), Westwood One Sports (national)
- Streaming options: NFL preseason live, NBC Sports
We'll have more on tonight's game throughout Sunday; in the meantime, here are a few links to tide you over if you're itching to talk about the Bills' preseason opener.
(WGR 550) 5 Things To Watch For During Bills - Giants
These are the things Joe Buscaglia is looking for tonight. The debut of Sammy Watkins and the young guys on the offensive line are the big stories.
(ESPN.com) Buffalo Bills defensive players to watch Sunday
Mike Rodak picks out seven Bills defenders that he is keen to keep track of in the Hall of Fame Game.
(The Buffalo News) The wait is over: Bills take the field tonight
"We want to go out there and put out a great product. It's national TV. It's the kickoff of the NFL season, so obviously we want to start off with a bang." - EJ Manuel
(Democrat & Chronicle) Bills eager to take field in Hall of Fame Game
Doug Marrone is hoping that a trip to Canton will inspire his Bills team.
(WGRZ) Bills Excited For Preseason Opener
"Hopefully it will hit that we haven't done anything in a long period of time. Let's make sure we get better and can do more." - Marrone
(BuffaloBills.com) Bills Focus: Hall of Fame Game Preview
Chris Brown and John Murphy preview the Bills-Giants game, leading off with a resurgent performance from the offense in recent days.
(ESPN.com) Breaking down Fred Jackson's incentives
Field Yates breaks down exactly how Fred Jackson can earn an extra $1 million during the 2015 season if he hits these incentives.