It doesn’t matter that it’s only a preseason game. When you start to talk about scheduled games for another National Football League season, it’s a good thing. A pair of 2009 division champions will kick off the 2010 NFL preseason when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH on Sunday, August 8. The game will be televised nationally on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” at 8 p.m. ET.
The Bengals are appearing in their first Hall of Fame Game since 1988, while the Cowboys last appeared in 1999 with a roster that included new enshrinee Emmitt Smith. The Hall of Fame Game will follow an enshrinement of the Hall’s Class of 2010 on Saturday, August 7. (For the seventh straight year, I will be covering the Enshrinement.) In addition to Emmitt, the 2010 Hall of Fame Class includes Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle and Jerry Rice.