The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots face off tonight in the first nationally televised game of the season for either team. Sure, it's preseason -- but national TV is national TV. The Buccaneers and Patriots faced off during week three of the 2012 preseason, and the Bucs left with a narrow 30-28 win.
The two teams held joint practices this week, which led to an injury scare for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Fortunately, the New England signal caller's injury wasn't serious, and he participated in practice on Wednesday and is expected to play tonight.
For the Buccaneers, a number of injured players should make their debut for this preseason. Adrian Clayborn and Carl Nicks are both expected to take some snaps with the starters. Davin Joseph and Darrelle Revis will not participate in the game.
Here are all the nuts and bolts for tonight's game:
Game time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Foxboro, Massachusetts
TV: Fox, nationally televised
Radio: 620 WDAE AM, WFUS 103.5 FM
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Odds: Patriots - 3
Replay: NFL Network, Saturday, August 17, 1:00 AM (Saturday night); NFL Network, Tuesday, August 20, 10:00 AM
Online streaming: NFL Preseason Live