We all have to admit the NFL is great at putting on a show. Heck, it can make a meaningless first exhibition game look like a spectacle.
We won't care about the winner of Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills (8 p.m. ET on NBC), but we are going to be watching. If you cannot make it to your TV, you can catch it streaming at NBC Sports Live Extra.
The NFL is like pizza: Even when it is bad, it is still pretty good.
This slideshow recaps the reasons why the first exhibition action of 2014 is must-see TV.
Giants and Bills fans get a double dose of viewing pleasure this weekend, already having watched two of their own—Michael Strahan and Andre Reed—be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. We break down the record-setting 2014 Hall of Fame class in the first of these slides.
Also, we take a look at the year's rule innovations and a high-profile preseason experiment that will be on display for the first time.
The Giants played in the first Hall of Fame Game in 1962, and this is their fifth appearance in the preseason classic (1962, 1972, 1985, 2002). The Bills will play in it for the fourth time in franchise history (1974, 1989, 2009). The two teams also played against each other in Super Bowl XXV, a game in which 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Reed had eight receptions for 62 yards, most of which came in the first half.
Like the NFL versus its Hall of Famers, the game is bigger than its competitors. Still, we preview the notable things fans—especially those fantasy types—will want to pay attention to with regard to NFL debuts and unveiling new offenses, coordinators and offseason acquisitions.