How to Watch
New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
TV Channel: WNBC in New York; WKRC in Cincinnati; Check out 506sports.com for full listings in surrounding areas
Online Stream: NFL Game Pass
Odds: Cincinnati (-3), Over/Under 37.5, via OddsShark.com
Replay: Saturday at 7 a.m. ET on NFL Network
The Cincinnati Bengals kick off the preseason with a matchup against the New York Giants on Friday night.
This will feature two of the NFL's more successful franchises of the past five years. The Bengals have gone 44-35-1 since 2010 with four playoff berths over that span. The Giants, meanwhile, have gone 41-39 during that span while winning the Super Bowl in 2011.
Both teams will look to contend for playoff spots once again this year, though they'll do so by different means. The Bengals will once again rely on their ground game and defense to carry them to another postseason appearance, while the Giants will look to their high-flying passing game to get them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
As is the case with all 32 NFL teams, the theme of the first preseason game will be depth and figuring out who will make up the back end of the depth chart this year. Both the Giants and Bengals' starters will only play a series or two in this game, leaving the backups and fringe roster players to get most of the playing time. This may not be an important game for Bengals who will play significant snaps in 2015, but it is pivotal for those players who will make up those last 10-20 spots on the 53-man roster.
For those hoping to watch the game the old-fashioned way on the TV, there's a variety of channels this game will be on depending on where you live. For those in the New York area, the game will be on NBC. As for Cincinnati, the game is set to be on the CBS affiliate. If you're up in the Dayton or Columbus area, ABC will have the game. Be sure to check out 506sports.com for full listings in surrounding areas
If you want to watch games online, there's a big change in how to do so this year. This year the NFL has combined NFL Preseason Live and NFL Game Rewind to form NFL Game Pass, which is $99.99 for the season with a free 7-day trial. This includes all NFL Preseason live streams and is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and will come to Xbox, and Apple TV.