Bears, Ravens set to kick off NFL preseason

The NFL’s preseason schedule kicks off Thursday night with the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears facing off in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

While the teams square off on the field at 8 p.m. ET at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, they will each see one of their former players enter the Hall in Saturday’s induction ceremony.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis are joined in the class of 2018 by contributor Bobby Beathard, linebacker Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, wide receiver Randy Moss and wide receiver Terrell Owens.

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It being the first game of the preseason, neither of the teams’ starters will see much playing time.

The Bears are installing a new offense under first-year coach Matt Nagy centered around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, while the Baltimore coach John Harbaugh will likely take an extended look at their backup quarterbacks in rookie Lamar Jackson and veteran Robert Griffin III.

The rest of the preseason schedule will start next Thursday with 12 games followed by two game each on Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11.