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What channel Bills vs. Lions is on, how to watch it via live stream, what time it starts

The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions are facing off for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason, airing on local television. We break down how to watch the matchup, particularly if you’re outside the broadcast region.

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The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions meet up in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, August 13. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET and the game will air on WIVB 4 (CBS) in the Bills market and FOX 2 in the Lions market.

The Bills look to build on a division-winning 2020 that saw Josh Allen break out in a big way. They face a Lions squad that traded franchise cornerstone Matthew Stafford and is rebuilding or reloading or something with Jared Goff. Given that this is the preseason, we’ll see plenty of unknown and lesser known faces on the rosters. To keep track of who you’re watching checking out the Bills roster and the Lions roster.

If you aren’t around a TV to check out this preseason contest, you’ll need to dig a little deeper for streaming options. While regular-season games are usually available outside the two local markets, preseason games are much more limited. To view this game via live online stream, you’ll need to use NFL Game Pass. If you are not planning on watching every week of the preseason, the service offers a free seven-day trial.

The matchup is a pick ‘em at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Lions are -125 on the moneyline and the Bills are +105. The point total is installed at 37 with the under juiced to -120.