The final preseason game isn’t always the most entertaining for the fans, but it’s often the most important one for the teams. It’s last call for the Detroit Lions roster bubble on Friday night, as roster cuts loom on Tuesday.
Head coach Dan Campbell noted this week that around 80 percent of the roster has already been determined, which leaves about a dozen spots up for grabs in the preseason finale against the Indianapolis Colts. Is the backup quarterback spot one of them? Will the Lions get a satisfactory answer to their wide receiver problem? How much playing time will rookies who have already locked up a roster spot get, like Penei Sewell and Derrick Barnes. Will we have our annual last-preseason-game standout who manages to win a roster spot out of nowhere?
Friday night, we’ll have our answers. So if you want to find out in real time, here’s how you can catch the game. Unlike the first two preseason games, this one is not nationally televised. However, you can grab a free week trial of NFL Game Pass and watch the game online. You can also watch or DVR a nationally-televised replay of the game on Sunday.
Here are all your options.
Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field — Detroit, MI
Local TV: FOX 2 (full list of Lions preseason TV affiliates here)
National TV: NOT NATIONALLY TELEVISED
National TV replay: 4:30 a.m. ET — NFL Network — Saturday morning
Local TV replay: Bally Sports (Midnight Friday night, noon Saturday, 9 p.m. ET Sunday)
TV announcers: Brandon Gaudin, Herman Moore, Dannie Rogers
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (full list of radio affiliates here)
Radio announcers: Dan Miller, Lomas Brown, T.J. Lang
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass, Yahoo Sports App (local audience)