PASADENA, Calif. -- NBC football analyst Cris Collinsworth can do something that some Buffalo Bills probably can't do yet -- name most players on the team's offensive line.
In a conference call to promote his first Sunday Night Game with Al Michaels since he was officially named John Madden's replacement -- Collinsworth illustrated a wide knowledge of the Bills before their Hall of Fame game with Tennessee Sunday night from Canton, Ohio.
He spoke highly of the Bills receiving tandem of Terrell Owens and Lee Evans.
"This receiving tandem now -- if it is not the best -- it is pretty close to it in the NFL," said Collinsworth, who is a close friend of Bills offensive co-ordinator Turk Schonert.
But Collinsworth knows that Owens and Evans probably won't play much Sunday, so he plans to concentrate on the offensive line.
"Because the real story for Buffalo is what happens with the offensive line," he said. "I can't imagine that Eric Wood, Andy Levitre, Langston Walker and (Geoff) Hangartner and some of those guys aren't going to get an extended period of time playing. And I can probably tell you more about the Buffalo Bills success or lack thereof by the way they're playing than I can anything else so we'll follow that story for sure."
For more on Collinsworth and NBC's plans for the preseason game, read Sports on the Air in Saturday's Buffalo News.
-- Alan Pergament