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The schedule is out if you haven’t seen this is it:

Wk 1 at NYJ

Wk 2 at NYG

Wk 3 Cincy home opener

Wk 4 NE

Wk 5 at TEN

Wk 6 BYE

Wk 7 Miami

Wk 8 Philly

Wk 9 WSH

Wk 10 at CLE

Wk 11 at MIA

Wk 12 DEN

Wk 13 at DAL Thanksgiving Day

Wk 14 BAL

Wk 15 at PIT

Wk 16 at NE possible Saturday game

Wk 17 NYJ

 

The Good:

The Bills get an awesome 5 games in their first 8 games. Other then NE and PHI it sets up 6 very winnable games and the opportunity for the Bills to stack a lot of wins. While opening on the road two straight weeks is not preferable, opponent wise they should be able to get at least 1 win as they build forward. There is no killer road portion like we have seen before which is nice. And of course the Bills for the first time since 1994 are playing in Thanksgiving which for many fans like myself is the first time I’ll ever get to see them on the big day. 6 home games before Thanksgiving is a godsend for season ticket holders who were stuck with some crappy non impact December games the last few years.

 

The Bad:

Opening two straight on the road is still tough regardless of opponent. If you lose both your starring at an 0-2 hole before your first home game which is not fun. The last 5 games present some truly stiff tests and will be a major make it or break part for their playoff hopes with four AFC games against playoff aspiring teams/NE.

 

The Ugly: The Bills are irrelevant nationally. Yea they got the Thanksgiving game and yes there is a small shot they get the Saturday game at night vs NE but the other 14 games are all 1pm. I know some people love 1pm games but all that confirms is that nationally this team has no one of attention drawing and no one thinks the Bills matter in the landscape of competition. If they did you would see some 4  pm games and another night game. When the Giants and Redskins get more night games and even Miami has the same number it confirms you a nobody league wide. The only time recently the Bills truly has some national exposure with the Rex disaster. Other then the Bills winning the division this is just another sign by the NFL that the Bills need a new stadium if they want any attention and we really not matter in the general landscape.

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2 minutes ago, corta765 said:

The schedule is out if you haven’t seen this is it:

Wk 1 at NYJ

Wk 2 at NYG

Wk 3 Cincy home opener

Wk 4 NE

Wk 5 at TEN

Wk 6 BYE

Wk 7 Miami

Wk 8 Philly

Wk 9 WSH

Wk 10 at CLE

Wk 11 at MIA

Wk 12 DEN

Wk 13 at DAL Thanksgiving Day

Wk 14 BAL

Wk 15 at PIT

Wk 16 at NE possible Saturday game

Wk 17 NYJ

 

The Good:

The Bills get an awesome 5 games in their first 8 games. Other then NE and PHI it sets up 6 very winnable games and the opportunity for the Bills to stack a lot of wins. While opening on the road two straight weeks is not preferable, opponent wise they should be able to get at least 1 win as they build forward. There is no killer road portion like we have seen before which is nice. And of course the Bills for the first time since 1994 are playing in Thanksgiving which for many fans like myself is the first time I’ll ever get to see them on the big day. 6 home games before Thanksgiving is a godsend for season ticket holders who were stuck with some crappy non impact December games the last few years.

 

The Bad:

Opening two straight on the road is still tough regardless of opponent. If you lose both your starring at an 0-2 hole before your first home game which is not fun. The last 5 games present some truly stiff tests and will be a major make it or break part for their playoff hopes with four AFC games against playoff aspiring teams/NE.

 

The Ugly: The Bills are irrelevant nationally. Yea they got the Thanksgiving game and yes there is a small shot they get the Saturday game at night vs NE but the other 14 games are all 1pm. I know some people love 1pm games but all that confirms is that nationally this team has no one of attention drawing and no one thinks the Bills matter in the landscape of competition. If they did you would see some 4  pm games and another night game. When the Giants and Redskins get more night games and even Miami has the same number it confirms you a nobody league wide. The only time recently the Bills truly has some national exposure with the Rex disaster. Other then the Bills winning the division this is just another sign by the NFL that the Bills need a new stadium if they want any attention and we really not matter in the general landscape.

Start winning football games and you'll see national attention..... if that's really what you care about. 

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Just now, ScottLaw said:

Start winning football games and you'll see national attention..... if that's really what you care about. 

 

If they get off to that hot start we will be flexed. Browns likely.

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1 minute ago, PromoTheRobot said:

 

If they get off to that hot start we will be flexed. Browns likely.

I doubt it b.c the Browns should be bad, hopefully.

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I’m genuinely bummed Buffalo got Dallas on Thanksgiving.

 

that was going to be my favorite upset.  Buffalo rolling into Dallas on some random Sunday.  Lowly Buffalo being some out of conference opponent on a random Sunday.

 

Dallas is a a team that seems to play to either level of competition or to the moment.

 

they were poised to come out flat (like Vikings) against Buffalo on a Rando SUnday.

 

now that’s its on Thanksgiving...as of today no way I like Buffalo for that one.

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Just now, Boca BIlls said:

I doubt it b.c the Browns should be bad, hopefully.

I thought they were super bowl favorites?

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2 minutes ago, RalphWilson'sNewWar said:

 

 

now that’s its on Thanksgiving...as of today no way I like Buffalo for that one.

It’s possible that the line will change between now and then.

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I know it’s way too early and all, but it’s been awhile since a schedule came out that I have liked as much as this one. I’m seeing many wins, make it so McBeane.

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Here's the conservative road to 10-6:

 

-3-3 in the division (2-0 Dolphins, 1-1 Jets, 0-2 Patriots)

-Somewhat easy wins against Giants, Bengals, Titans, Redskins, Broncos, Ravens

-Win 1 of Browns, Eagles, Cowboys, Steelers

 

I think that is very doable.

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I was at the MNF Patriots game this year, and our crowd was lively and the pregame was electric. You wouldn't have guessed we were 2-6, had to go from Peterman to Derek Anderson, and that the result of the game was inevitable (though it was a lot closer than expected through three quarters). 

 

Once the wins start piling up in the coming years, the night games will come, but I guess it's the league's loss on missing out on our atmosphere this year in favor of the NFCEastfests and whatnot

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Bills will be home from October 6th (pm) to November 9th. And even then,  just a short trip to Cleveland that day. That is very player-friendly in the middle of the season. 

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I might be in the minority here but I like the bye on the early side.   Gives the team a chance to fix issues.  Last year it was late and worthless.   

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14 minutes ago, ScottLaw said:

Start winning football games and you'll see national attention..... if that's really what you care about. 

 

I’ve grown up with the team as a joke and punchline. National primetime games are fun and mean you matter a little. I know basically one small time when we mattered which was killing the drought. It gets tiring being the punchline etc and I generally believe they did a good job in FA. But it kinda confirms we’re never good enough whether it’s AB or stuff like this. Knowing the only way to get any exposure is winning is a sad existence.

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Yes, I’m scheduled for analysis next week. Thanks.

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Josh Allen will be the reason people tune into the early games... especially since he will be the top fantasy QB

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So I saw a video on NFL.com where the Bills were predicted to have 6 wins this coming year.  I see at least six wins in the first 8 games...

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30 minutes ago, Boca BIlls said:

I doubt it b.c the Browns should be bad, hopefully.

The Browns are going to contend for the AFC North title.

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I like Miami in the middle of the season. Fitz always starts hot for like 3-4 games then he is awful for like 8-9 games. Then he can play some good football at the end of the season. Playing them in the middle of the season avoids good Fits

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Just now, Mrbojanglezs said:

Not having ANY night games is pretty sad. We usually get at least 1.

It’ll be dark by halftime of the Dallas game. So, half a night game.

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20 minutes ago, corta765 said:

 

I’ve grown up with the team as a joke and punchline. National primetime games are fun and mean you matter a little. I know basically one small time when we mattered which was killing the drought. It gets tiring being the punchline etc and I generally believe they did a good job in FA. But it kinda confirms we’re never good enough whether it’s AB or stuff like this. Knowing the only way to get any exposure is winning is a sad existence.

When they win they'll get primetime games.

 

The Bills have been a sad existence for a very long time. They've been a laughing stock for basically 20 years and counting. When that stops the jokes will stop. People around the country will be more interested in watching them when they have a good team.

Thats how it works. 

 

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49 minutes ago, ScottLaw said:

Start winning football games and you'll see national attention..... if that's really what you care about. 

 

This! Also the national media and most fans do not have a particularly favorable view of Josh Allen (mostly based on the trite "hot takes" regarding him prior to the draft). Frankly too the Bills have almost zero star power. Star power drives ratings and networks can't get enough of it. Hence Baker Mayfield and OBJ are going to be on a LOT in years to come. Winning cures a lot of these perceived slights. There hasnt been much of it around here in 20 years. It's time.

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Another year, another round of irritation at the Bills not getting any primetime games.

One more time:

The Bills, being a small market team, are ALWAYS going to be behind the 8-ball in terms of garnering national attention. The only market smaller is Green Bay, but they have a storied tradition of winning and an elite quarterback, so they get night games. The Bills? The Bills absolutely HAVE to win football games and make the postseason and HAVE to have some marquee players in order to even have a SHOT at night games. 

If the Bills make the playoffs this year, they'll get 1Thursday night and 1 Monday night game next year. If they make the playoffs AGAIN or if Josh Allen becomes a superstar, they'll get more than that the following year.

You have to earn this stuff. The NFL wants ratings, and putting a Bills team that's been bad for 20 straight years and has no real star NFL players in prime time doesn't make good business sense. Win football games, get prime time slots. Simple.

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43 minutes ago, Boca BIlls said:

I doubt it b.c the Browns should be bad, hopefully.

Browns tanked, got a bunch of good players and the top QB in the draft, had a ton of cap space and got some great veterans, and now they are a top team in the AFC.

 

On the other hand, during that same time period the Bills decided it was smart to try and win with a bad roster full of old dudes, got some mediocre players in the draft, got some mediocre veterans, and a mediocre/bad QB (but hey he can run).

 

Browns will go 10-6 and be AFC North contenders and a playoff team and the Bills will be watching the playoffs on TV like always

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