Are you ready for some experimental football?

Granted, it's only the preseason schedule that the league announced Wednesday.

Nonetheless, this summer's exhibition season provides a more compelling reason to watch -- at least during the first two weeks of games that won't seem as meaningless.

That's because all eyes will be on the kickers come the Aug. 3 in the Hall of Fame game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants in Canton, Ohio. The game kicks off the experiment with longer extra-point kicks during the opening two weeks of this summer's games.

In what figures to be the first step toward making more difficult extra points permanent, point-after touchdown kicks will be spotted at the 20-yard line, effectively making extra points the equivalent of 38-yard field goal kicks.

Last month, owners voted down a proposal by the New England Patriots calling to move the spot of the ball from the traditional 2 to the 25-yard line for the coming season. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that extra points had become "virtually automatic,'' questioning the point of kicks converted at a 99.6% rate last season.

So the competition committee, agreeing something needed to change, recommended the two-game experiment of kicking extra points from the 20, a tweak all 32 teams unanimously approved.

Two-point conversions will remain at the two-yard line.

But this could be the last go-round for a four-game preseason (five in the case of the Hall of Fame game participants) given the push for playoff expansion from six to seven teams in each conference. A likely concession to the NFL Players Association for that inevitable prospect would be the elimination of one preseason game.