NFL Network will be broadcasting four games on Saturday, August 21st for out-of-market viewers.
Among the highlights for these four games are two budding rookie quarterbacks, both expected to be the future of their franchises. In Chicago, the Bears will get another look at Justin Fields who left long-suffering fans there stoked for the season after going 14-for-20 for 142 yards and a touchdown. Andy Dalton is still expected to be the Week 1 starter, but another outing like that from Fields will put even more pressure on the veteran.
Will the Jets let Zach Wilson sling it a little more this week? The second-overall pick in this year’s draft ran an uber-conservative offense last week, completing six of nine passes for 63 yards.
There isn’t much revenge to be doled out in preseason games, but Mitch Trubisky surely has relish the chance to show off in his old home. Trubisky is Josh Allen’s backup in Buffalo now, and we still don’t know if Allen will make his first appearance of the preseason this week or not.
One more quarterback to watch on Saturday is a old familiar face—Ben Roethlisberger will make his 2021 preseason debut after sitting out the Steelers first two games. Obviously we, mostly, know what we’re getting with Big Ben, but what’s notable about this game is that it’s his first with the team’s new offensive coordinator, Matt Canada.
The Rams’ running back rotation is still a little unsettled in the wake of Cam Akers’ injury. It looks as though he’ll be handling most of the work. Xaiver Jones and Jake Funk are vying for playing time, too. It’s worth keeping an eye on this group because they might be of service down the line when you’re looking for replacement running back.
If you aren’t around a TV to check out the NFL Network slate, you can stream the games via NFL.com, the NFL Network app, and through NFL Gamepass. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription for these. If you don’t have a cable login, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the games.
Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Bills TV: WIVB 4 (CBS)
Bears TV: FOX32
Moneyline odds: Bears -225, Bills +185