The Bills will open their preseason at the Hall of Fame game against the New York Giants. With Bills wide receiver Andre Reed and Giants defensive stalwart Michael Strahan both being inducted, the game will have an old-school feel to it. This will also be the first action the Bills will see since the passing of owner Ralph Wilson.
The following week, the Bills will travel to play the Carolina Panthers, in a matchup against Cam Newton. This will be the Bills first test against a mobile quarterback with their new defensive scheme designed to limit rushing yards.
The Bills will stay on the road as they will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers the following week. For the Bills, it will be their first time playing against former Bills linebacker Arthur Moats, who was signed by Pittsburgh in the offseason.
The Bills then will play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where wide receiver Mike Williams will get his first taste of his former team. Williams, who was traded to Buffalo for a sixth round pick, has vowed to get back at Tampa Bay for the trade and has also stated that he wants to put Buffalo back on the map.
The Bills will then close out the preseason against a team they will play in the regular season, the Detroit Lions. New Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will see his former team for the first time at Ralph Wilson Stadium in this preseason tilt, and then again in the regular season at Ford Field.
While only the Hall of Fame game has a definite time and date for kickoff, the rest of the schedule will be completed in the coming weeks.
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