NFL preseason football is back, and fans can watch live online as the Buffalo Bills travel to Cleveland to face the Browns just a day after new Bills Coach Rex Ryan predicted a Super Bowl victory for Buffalo — a team that has never won a Super Bowl despite appearing in four straight from 1990 to 1993.
Controversial second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Browns first-round draft pick in 2014, is expected to play in the game, taking over from starter Josh McCown after about 25 plays, giving a national TV and live online audience its first chance to see if Manziel’s reported progress is the real deal following a disastrous rookie season in which his commitment to football appeared less important to “Johnny Football” than his commitment to nightlife and frequent partying.
To find out how to watch the Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns NFL preseason game live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio — 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
Ryan appeared on the HBO’s Real Sports program this week, where he offered a “guarantee” that he would lead the Bills — a team that was an original member of the old American Football League in 1960, and which joined the NFL when the two leagues merged in 1970 — to their first Super Bowl championship.
Of course, Ryan made the same “guarantee” during his six-year run as head coach of the New York Jets, but the Jets most recent, and only, Super Bowl victory remains the team’s stunning win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III — in 1969, when the Jets were led by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath.
As for Manziel, he told ESPN that his goal for the game is a simple one — “Do better than last week,” the 22-year-old out of Texas A&M University said.
Because Thursday’s Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns NFL preseason game will be televised by ESPN, the network’s online WatchESPN site — or the WatchESPN app for mobile devices — is the primary way to watch the game live online. The feed will be available at this link, and WatchESPN requires login credentials from a TV provider that carries ESPN.
However, there are two methods to watch the Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns live online free without login info from a TV provider. The first would be the Sling TV internet package, which includes ESPN and is available with a one-week free trial, an offer that can be accessed at this link.
The second option to watch the Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns live online free without a TV provider login is NFL Game Pass, which this year is available for a $99 annual fee. But the service — which streams preseason games live and will offer regular season games only on a “replay on demand” basis — also offers a seven-day free trial that can be canceled after the game. To access that offer and watch Thursday’s game live online, visit this link.
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