NFL Hall of Fame Game: Everything You Need to Know About 2024 Preseason Opener

    The NFL on Tuesday morning announced the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans will compete in the 2024 Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1.

    Mark your calendars, NFL fans: The 2024 Hall of Fame Game is rapidly approaching, and we now know which teams will participate and when the preseason opener will take place. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Hall of Fame Game.

    NFL Reveals Teams, Date for 2024 Hall of Fame Game

    The Chicago Bears and Houston Texans will compete in this year’s Hall of Fame Game, the league announced. The exhibition matchup will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 1, in Canton, Ohio, where the Pro Football Hall of Fame is located.

    It will mark the seventh appearance in the Hall of Fame Game for the Bears. Chicago last competed in the game in 2018, when it suffered a 17-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

    As for the Texans, this will be the franchise’s second appearance in the Hall of Fame Game. Houston last competed in the game in 2002, which was its first season in the NFL after being added as an expansion franchise.

    What Is the Hall of Fame Game?

    The Hall of Fame Game serves as the league’s annual preseason opener, and it’s held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The event takes place during the week of the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremonies.

    The first version of the game was played in 1962 when construction of the Pro Football Hall of Fame began.

    The NFL typically selects franchises with a notable player set for enshrinement. And that’s the case this year, as Texans legend Andre Johnson and Bears great Devin Hester both will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Will Caleb Williams Play in the Hall of Fame Game?

    Chicago selected quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, and it’s possible Williams takes his first snaps as a Bear in Canton.

    However, there’s no guarantee that Williams will play in the game. In recent years, teams have become increasingly hesitant toward playing their starters, including quarterbacks, in preseason matchups. The Bears might not want to put Williams at risk of suffering an injury in a pointless game.

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    Similarly, the Texans might keep franchise quarterback C.J. Stroud on the bench. That said, Stroud played early in Houston’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots last year when he was a rookie. So, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

    Nevertheless, football will return on Aug. 1 — and thank goodness for that.

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