Are you ready for some real football?
The Buffalo Bills won’t start playing regular season games until Sept. 8, but CBS Tuesday set its assignments for the first three games during its annual preseason meetings in New York City with the media.
Kevin Harlan is on play-by-play and Rich Gannon is the analyst for the season opener Sept. 8 against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.
Greg Gumbel is on play-by-play and Trent Green is the analyst on the Bills game against the New York Giants on Sept. 15 in the Meadowlands. Melanie Collins is the sideline reporter. Gumbel and Green, who worked with Bruce Arians last year, also are working the Bills preseason game against Detroit on Aug. 23. Arians is now the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fact the first two games are going into the New York City market undoubtedly helps the Buffalo market get more attractive announcing teams than it might have if it played a smaller market team.
Gannon and Green, two former All-Pro quarterbacks, will be able to assess the progress of Bills quarterback Josh Allen in his second season.
Tom McCarthy is on play-by-play and former kicker Jay Feely is the analyst for the Bills home opener Sept. 22 against Cincinnati. They are one of CBS’ lower-profile teams.