The Buffalo Bills head into the 2022 NFL regular season with big ambitions. According to Las Vegas pundits, the Bills are the prohibitive favorites to win their first Super Bowl, with a high-flying offense led by Pro Bowlers Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs , and the best defense in the league during the regular season last year.
With such tremendous expectations and a comprehensive and talented roster, head coach Sean McDermott, general manager Brandon Beane and the rest of Buffalo’s talent assessors will have to make some tough decisions to reduce their roster from 80 to the league-mandated size of 53 by Tuesday afternoon.
Buffalo wraps up its three-game preseason schedule Friday night when the Bills head south to face the Carolina Panthers, and McDermott has previously stated that “most” of Buffalo’s starters won’t fit into the preseason Finals.
McDermott also said the team will use Week 3 of preseason as their final assessment of players battling for one of those spots on the 53-man roster. With a strong showing, some of the Bills could earn a roster spot in the roster bubble, play their way out of the team, or do enough to pique another team’s interest.
On the other touchline, Panthers head coach Matt Ruhle told the media that Carolina’s starters “will play on a case-by-case basis … our hope is to play a lot of players in the first quarter and into the second quarter.” It will be roughly where we are in terms of health and depth. A couple of guys banged up today (Tuesday) so a lot of time also depends on who’s available.”
With two wins in the first two weeks of preseason, the Bills have won their last 10 preseason games spanning more than 1,460 days. The last time Buffalo lost a preseason game was on August 26, 2018, when the Bills lost 28-16 to Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 of the 2018 preseason.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch and/or hear Buffalo’s third and final preseason game.
Date: Friday 26 August 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
Channel: The game will be nationally broadcast on the NFL Network and also on WIVB (CBS) in Buffalo, WROC (CBS) in Rochester, WSYR (ABC) in Syracuse, WPNY (My Network TV) in Utica, WETM (NBC) in Elmira, WBGH ( NBA) in Binghamton, WXXA (FOX) in Albany, WWTI (ABC) in Watertown and WJET (ABC) in Erie, PA.
Announcer: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), former Bill Steve Tasker (analyst) and Cynthia Frelund (sideline reporter)
Stream: FuboTV and the Buffalo Bills App (particularly helpful for those with DIRECTV)
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse) and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network
Radio play by play: John Murphy and Eric Wood with part-time reporter Sal Capaccio
On-line: NFL+ (for live content), NFL+ Premium (for replays), NFL.com Game Center
Line: Panthers by 6.5 points.
bet: DraftKings Sportsbook
Odds/Lines subject to change. The terms and conditions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
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