Finally, it's here.
The Buffalo Bills begin the 2015 season at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Here are all the details you need to know – for both the tailgate and the game.
• Weather report: Cool, with a chance of rain fluctuating between 15 and 55 percent from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wind speeds from the west at 15 mph during the game.
• TV: Ch. 4. Announcers: Spero Dedes (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color analyst).
• Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy (play by play), Mark Kelso (color analyst).
• Series history: Bills lead, 35-31-1. Last meeting: Nov. 25, 2012, 20-13 Colts' win at Indianapolis.
• Milestone watch: A victory will be the Bills' 400th in franchise history.
• Uni watch: The Bills are going with the throwback all-white jerseys against the Colts, with a white helmet featuring a red standing buffalo. A clean look.
• Special events: The Bills on Saturday unveiled a statue of late founding owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. in Founder's Plaza outside the stadium that bears his name. "Ralph at the Ralph. I love it – and go Bills," said Wilson's widow, Mary Wilson. At halftime, the Bills will host members of the 1964-65 AFL championship team to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team, with 18 players and the families of four others scheduled to be in attendance.
• Stay connected: The Bills will offer free Wi-Fi for fans at the Ralph in 2015. Fans can connect to the "Bills Guest Wi-Fi" network upon entering the stadium.
• Next up: The Bills stay home in Week Two to host the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.
Once the game begins, here are five things I'll be paying particular attention to:
1. Rex Ryan's debut. The Bills' new coach has immediately become the face of the franchise. His rock-star status can reach another level with a victory against the Colts. A slow start to the season, however, could burn up some of the goodwill Ryan has amassed among the team's fans. Ryan has a 5-1 record in season openers as a head coach.
2. Tyrod Taylor's debut. A new starting quarterback has a way of evoking optimism among even the most curmudgeonly critics. Taylor's preseason performance – when he showed good poise in the pocket and the expected running ability – rightfully earned him the starting job. Can he be the long-term answer at a position that hasn't had any stability since the days of Jim Kelly? We'll start to find out Sunday.
3. LeSean McCoy's debut. The Bills' new franchise running back officially puts a tumultuous offseason to rest Sunday. Just how much McCoy will play because of a hamstring injury will be worth monitoring. The Bills' offense is built in large part around his skill set, so the team needs to be careful not to overdo it with McCoy and risk him suffering an injury that will linger into the rest of the season.
4. Jerry Hughes' revenge. The Bills' defensive end said this week playing against the team that traded him for the first time won't be extra motivation, but that's hard to believe. Hughes has already proven the Colts wrong with 20 sacks in his first two seasons with the Bills, but showing them first-hand what they're missing would have to be sweet.
5. Dan Carpenter's performance. The Bills' kicker had a rocky preseason, going just 3 for 6 on field goals. That left Ryan exasperated and caused the Bills to bring in at least two kickers for workouts. Carpenter has survived on the roster to this point – in my view, rightfully so after two of the best seasons in team history – but one missed kick when the games start to matter could possibly lead to a change at kicker.