Both franchises are celebrating inductions that take place the day before at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Bengals head coach and long-time assistant Dick LeBeau takes his spot 32 years after he became eligible. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Emmitt Smith, the former Cowboys running back and NFL’s all-time leading rusher, celebrates his first-ballot election.
For the first time in 28 years, the game at Fawcett Stadium lines up division champions. The Bengals won the AFC North last season at 10-6 and Dallas won the NFC East at 11-5 in what will be the first-ever preseason game between the clubs.
Playing in the Hall of Fame Game means both clubs will play five preseason games. They will also be able to open camps a few days earlier than the rest of the league.