Buffalo’s football team is facing a big challenge when it plays its first game of the season against a team from the Big Ten Conference.
But if you’re a football fan, the first game is not all that important.
Here’s what you need to know.
Where are the Bills in the standings?
The Bills are 10-6, just missing the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
What’s at stake in the game?
The Buffalo Bills are playing in the second of three games against their division rivals in Week 3.
Both games will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Both teams will be without starters.
The Bills and the Chicago Bears are the only teams in the Big 12 to have a winning record in the regular season.
The Bears won the first meeting of the year against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 17, 2029, 34-30.
In that game, the Bears went on to win 24-13.
The Buffalo game has been played at Ralph Wood Stadium since its inception in 1930.
Buffalo’s first regular-season game at Ralph was in 1940, when it was played in a 24-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
In Week 3, Buffalo will be playing in its first home game at the Ralph Wilson Football Stadium since 1995.
Who is the Bills facing?
The Chicago Bears (8-8) are coming off a 20-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.
The Chicago defense held San Francisco to just 21 yards on its final three possessions.
The 49ers converted four third-and-short situations and held the Bears to one first down.
This is the first of three meetings between the Bears and Bills this season.
What is the status of the Bills injuries?
The team is expected to play five different players, with five different starters.
Rookie safety Malik Hooker is out with a hamstring injury.
Rookie tight end Jordan Reed (knee) has been limited.
Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman (hamstring) is not expected to return after he suffered an ankle injury on the Bears’ first drive.
The injured defensive tackle is expected back after the bye week.
What are the playoff implications of the game for Buffalo?
The Bears are 3-2 in the season series.
They are 2-0 in their last two playoff games.
The first meeting between the Bills and Bears was played at the Buffalo Stadium on Sept. 28, 2000, 34 of 38 yards for a 27-23 victory.
The next game is on Oct .
17, when the Bills will face the Chicago Bulls.
The game will be the Bills first home playoff game since 1999.
Who has the most wins?
The top team in the AFC South is the Atlanta Falcons, who are 3.5-point favorites to win the division.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are 3 points back.
The Tennessee Titans are 3rd in the NFC South with 4.5 points.
Which teams are on the rise in the preseason rankings?
There are seven teams ranked in the top 10 in the NFL preseason preseason polls.
The Miami Dolphins are the preseason favorite for the NFC East title.
The Houston Texans are in the middle of the pack.
The New York Jets are the highest-ranked team in every poll and have the No. 1 ranking in the conference standings.
What about other teams in preseason rankings who have been out of the playoff picture?
There’s no other team in this year’s preseason poll with a winning season in the division, but there are other teams that have struggled with a lack of wins in recent years.
The Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints have all gone 1-11 in the first five preseason games.
Miami has the third-lowest winning percentage in the league at 17.9%.
Are there any other teams who are rising in the rankings?
No, not really.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ranked No. 4 in the latest ESPN.com preseason poll.
The Philadelphia Eagles are No. 6, the Chicago Dolphins are No