FINALLY! After a seemingly never-ending offseason, the Buffalo Bills are back at New Era Field Thursday night, kicking off the four-game preseason slate with a 7 p.m. Eastern contest against the Carolina Panthers.
While head coach Sean McDermott hasn’t proclaimed his starting quarterback for the preseason opener — both A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman were listed as co-starters at quarterback on the unofficial depth chart released by the team earlier this week — it can be expected that either McCarron or Peterman will get the nod as starter.
Whoever ends up starting, they, along with most of the other starters, will most likely only suit up for a series or two. (Tyrod Taylor played a quarter with the starters last season in McDermott’s first year.)
Fans will be eagerly watching Josh Allen’s debut whenever the No. 7 overall pick makes it onto the field vs. Carolina.
There’s plenty of other reasons to get excited about this preseason game, from the Bills’ debut of free agent signees Star Lotulelei, Trent Murphy, and Vontae Davis, to rookies like Allen, Tremaine Edmunds, Harrison Phillips, and Taron Johnson.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the game.
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS WKBW 7 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WSYR 9 in Syracuse, WBGH/WIVT 34 in Binghamton, WETM 18 in Elmira, WPNY 11/WFXV 33 in Utica, WTEN 10/WXXA 23 in Albany.
Announcers: Rob Stone (play-by-play), Steve Tasker (analyst), Thad Brown (sideline reporter)
Location: New Era Field | Orchard Park, New York
NFL Network replay: Friday, August 10 at 10:00 AM ET
Radio: WGR 550AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse).
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Mark Kelso in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online Streaming: Local live stream or NFL Game Pass (Free 7-Day Trial)
Bills 2018 preseason schedule
Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers; Thu, Aug 9, 7 p.m. ET
Week 2: at Cleveland Browns; Fri, Aug 17, 7:30 p.m. ET
Week 3: vs. Cincinnati Bengals; Sunday, Aug 26, 4 p.m. ET
Week 4: at Chicago Bears; Thu, Aug 30, 8 p.m. ET