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Wk 1 at NYJ - Loss

Wk 2 at NYG - Win

Wk 3 Cincy home opener - Win

Wk 4 NE - Loss

Wk 5 at TEN - Win

Wk 6 BYE

Wk 7 Miami - Win

Wk 8 Philly - Loss

Wk 9 WSH - Win

Wk 10 at CLE - Loss

Wk 11 at MIA - Win

Wk 12 DEN - Win

Wk 13 at DAL Thanksgiving Day - Loss

Wk 14 BAL - Win

Wk 15 at PIT - Loss

Wk 16 at NE possible Saturday game - Loss

Wk 17 NYJ - Win

 

9-7 is my initial guess. But it never works out how you guess. We'll win a couple we don't expect to and lose a couple we should have won.

 

But it seems like beating Miami twice and getting two wins out of the Cowboys, Browns, Steelers, or Ravens is a must.

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4 hours 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.

Yeah if only the Chiefs got a new stadium, they too could get some national attention.

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5 hours ago, PromoTheRobot said:

 

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

 

Ummm... are games even able to be flexed in early November? :blink:

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4 hours ago, WRONG JOSH said:

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

 

Your username sucks. I'd ask if you meant another NFL QB in history named Josh who was an established Franchise QB, but I just can't think of one.

 

Yeah, your username sucks, and we're better than the Browns. 

 

Go back to their message board.

3 hours ago, ScottLaw said:

The Jets are in NY. Gigantic difference between being in Buffalo and NYC.

 

But they aren't in NYC... they aren't even in NYS... they're in NJ...

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3 hours ago, wagon127 said:

The browns have Four primetime games, and four 4:00 games. How many more football games have they won, more then the bills over the last 3 years?

Wagon, you make a fair point. In the past, previous success ( i.e playoffs) was required to be “ awarded” prime time games the next season. Outside of being a huge market team like Chicago, Giants or Dallas, that’s how it worked. Apparently that has changed. A young QB that had a good rookie year and a roster full of talent from years of high draft picks seems to be all it takes. Cleveland is not a huge market, and their team has been a punchline for most of the last decade or even two. This seems to indicate a shift in criteria, for those who are interested in such things. It still can be said, though that winning games is a surefire way to be on prime time the next year. 

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4 hours ago, WRONG JOSH said:

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

The Browns “ tanked” for many years , acquired some good defensive talent over several more years, and may have finally hit on a first round QB after drafting 4 or 5 busts. Way to gloss over the facts , though. 

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28 minutes ago, Boatdrinks said:

Wagon, you make a fair point. In the past, previous success ( i.e playoffs) was required to be “ awarded” prime time games the next season. Outside of being a huge market team like Chicago, Giants or Dallas, that’s how it worked. Apparently that has changed. A young QB that had a good rookie year and a roster full of talent from years of high draft picks seems to be all it takes. Cleveland is not a huge market, and their team has been a punchline for most of the last decade or even two. This seems to indicate a shift in criteria, for those who are interested in such things. It still can be said, though that winning games is a surefire way to be on prime time the next year. 

The lack of primetime games could also be a trade off for having less december home games. I think its the league's way of saying get a new stadium. 

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4 hours ago, Jay_Fixit said:

Just like the Jets right?

After you said that I went and looked at the Jets schedule, they have three night games. Only beacuse its the bigger market. They were not a better team than bills last year.

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6 hours ago, BarkleyForGOATBackupPT5P said:

I'm annoyed at the complete lack of primetime games. But I admit having a Thanksgiving game is awesome. Looking forward to it

If we start strong given the 1st half of our schedule is easier than the last half we may be flexed to Sunday night.  If we're in contention then it's possible the Ravens or Steelers game (who always seem to be fighting for a playoff spot) are the two most likely to be flexed.  Since the NFL has a love affair with the Browns it's possible week 10 could be flexed as well (the NFL can only flex two games to Sunday night from week 5 to 10 though).  

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9 hours ago, Logic said:

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.

yeeeee   p.   not sure lots of winning does it either, but would like to find out

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9 hours ago, Rico said:

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.

if they can do no worse than 3-2 before the bye,  weeks 7,8 and 9 could be where this team really starts to click and give us a head of steam going through the back stretch.

i'm expecting at least 10-6.

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9 hours ago, WRONG JOSH said:

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

Lol top QB

10 hours ago, PromoTheRobot said:

I thought they were super bowl favorites?

Yeah and they thought Miami was making the playoffs every year before this year.

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Really excited about this schedule.  Already have plans booked for W4 against the Pats*** and will soon have plans locked up for Dec. 8 vs. the Ravens.  Possibility of trip to Nashville in W5.  Love the Thanksgiving game.

 

The NFL schedule makers really did the Bills a favor (for once) with a front-loaded home schedule.  They will have every opportunity to put a good record out there and gain confidence as the season progresses.

 

Now, on to the draft!

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11 hours ago, PromoTheRobot said:

 

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

 

Browns and Bills flexed, I hope to live in that kind of fantasy land

3 home games in a row is very nice

 

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Home, away, 1pm game, night game, Thanksgiving. They all are just games... Stick to the workouts, preparation for the week and take it one game at a time... As of now the main focus is the Jets... All focus is on beating them and then we'll move on to the Giants... That's my motto...

5 hours ago, transplantbillsfan said:

 

Your username sucks. I'd ask if you meant another NFL QB in history named Josh who was an established Franchise QB, but I just can't think of one.

 

Yeah, your username sucks, and we're better than the Browns. 

 

Go back to their message board.

 

But they aren't in NYC... they aren't even in NYS... they're in NJ...

 

For real though...

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11 hours ago, RalphWilson'sNewWar said:

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.

I'm not bummed, 

but it's like the schedule makers were looking for an easy win for Dallas on a day that they generally don't lose on.

 

Think of it this way, should Buffalo beat Dallas that should wake up the world that the Bills are no longer AFC doormats.

 

11 hours ago, ScottLaw said:

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

So much will depend on a few things. Who the Bills draft and if they will have an impact. Also, if Daboll can build a good run game attack with the RB's as this will help the Bills defense out so much if the offense can sustain drives and score. If Daboll can fix the passing game to go from 30th to say perhaps 15th which would be a huge improvement. 

 

The Bills secondary was already upgraded with the addition of EJ Gains so the areas of need are run stopping and pass rush. The Jests with Bell, the Ginats with Barkley. the Titsns with Henry. The Bills will really need to improve in run stopping or it could be a long season.

 

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19 minutes ago, HuSeYiN_NYC said:

Home, away, 1pm game, night game, Thanksgiving. They all are just games... Stick to the workouts, preparation for the week and take it one game at a time... As of now the main focus is the Jets... All focus is on beating them and then we'll move on to the Giants... That's my motto...

 

For real though...

 

he's getting ignore heavily on PPP,  don't invest a second with this one that you can't afford to pee away, into the wind...  :D

 

 

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Only one game the Bills should be focused on (And I know they will) and that's week one!

 

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15 minutes ago, Nihilarian said:

I'm not bummed, 

but it's like the schedule makers were looking for an easy win for Dallas on a day that they generally don't lose on.

 

Think of it this way, should Buffalo beat Dallas that should wake up the world that the Bills are no longer AFC doormats.

 

So much will depend on a few things. Who the Bills draft and if they will have an impact. Also, if Daboll can build a good run game attack with the RB's as this will help the Bills defense out so much if the offense can sustain drives and score. If Daboll can fix the passing game to go from 30th to say perhaps 15th which would be a huge improvement. 

 

The Bills secondary was already upgraded with the addition of EJ Gains so the areas of need are run stopping and pass rush. The Jests with Bell, the Ginats with Barkley. the Titsns with Henry. The Bills will really need to improve in run stopping or it could be a long season.

 

Yea.

 

Run defense got exposed big time in a few games at the end of the year.

 

Edmunds and Star need to improve in that department. 

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Wk 1 at NYJ (WIN) Allen > Darnold 1-0

Wk 2 at NYG (WIN) Bills sweep Meadowlands  2-0

Wk 3 Cincy home opener (WIN) 5 TDS for Allen 3-0

Wk 4 NE (WIN) last second FG puts Bills 1 pt over the top. 4-0

Wk 5 at TEN (loss) Bills fall flat after last weeks win 4-1

Wk 6 BYE

Wk 7 Miami (WIN) another Allen showcase game 5-1

Wk 8 Philly (loss) Eagles surging 5-2

Wk 9 WSH (WIN) beatdown of the skins 6-2

Wk 10 at CLE (loss) close game but home team sqeaks by 6-3

Wk 11 at MIA (WIN) another showcase game 7-3 

Wk 12 DEN (WIN) nail biters but Bills come through  8-3

Wk 13 at DAL Thanksgiving Day (loss) competitive game 8-4

Wk 14 BAL Allen (win) Allen > Jackson 9 -4 

Wk 15 at PIT (loss) tough place to win in December 9-5 

Wk 16 at NE (LOSS) possible Saturday game  9-6

Wk 17 NYJ (WIN) Allen > Darnold 10 - 6 win secures wildcard for Bills

PLAYOFFS!!!!

wk 18 at Ind (win) Allen outduels Luck

wk 19 at KC (loss) the end of the best season in 20 years. 

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7 hours ago, metzelaars_lives said:

Yeah if only the Chiefs got a new stadium, they too could get some national attention.

 

It's completely renovated and cost over half a billion dollars

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Looking at the schedule I'm seeing 10 or even 11 wins.

 

The way you get prime-time games is to make the playoffs on a regular basis.  Until we do that there's no point in getting upset or being surprised by our lack of Monday & Sunday night games. 

 

I'm not a big fan of the Turkey Day game at Dallas.  It's not that the Cowboys worry me, they don't play all that well on Thanksgiving. Rather it's the late start of the game that gives my stomach the heebie-Jeebies.  I'll have to break out the Tums as we'll slam the big feast before the game and then suffer through a nerve wracking game.  Why "nerve wracking"?  I expect this to be a very important game from a playoff standpoint.

 

Question to this board - is it possible (or advisable) to drink lots of beer AFTER a huge Thanksgiving dinner while watching the Bills? 

 

Also is any one going to watch the game WHILE eating dinner.  And with the NFL's short halftime breaks would it be possible to finish the feast up during halftime? 

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The Thanksgiving game might not be as bad as everyone assumes.  Looking at the Dallas schedule, they have NE the week before and Chicago the week after.  I could see them overlooking us and being able to pull off an upset

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6 hours ago, transplantbillsfan said:

 

Ummm... are games even able to be flexed in early November? :blink:

NFL Flexible Scheduling 101

  • Begins Sunday of Week 5
  • In effect during Weeks 5-17
  • Up to 2 games may be flexed into Sunday Night between Weeks 5-10
  • Only Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window.
  • The game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night during flex weeks will be listed at 8:15 p.m. ET.
  • The majority of games on Sundays will be listed at 1:00 p.m. ET during flex weeks except for games played in Pacific or Mountain Time zones which will be listed at 4:05 or 4:15 p.m. ET.
  • No impact on Thursday, Saturday or Monday night games.
  • The NFL will decide (after consultation with CBS, FOX, NBC) and announce as early as possible the game being played at 8:15 p.m. ET. The announcement will come no later than 12 days prior to the game. The NFL may also announce games moving to 4:05 p.m. ET and 4:25 p.m. ET.
  • Week 17 start time changes could be decided on 6 days notice to ensure a game with playoff implications.
  • The NBC Sunday night time slot in "flex" weeks will list the game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night.
  • Fans and ticket holders must be aware that NFL games in flex weeks are subject to change 12 days in advance (6 days in Week 17) and should plan accordingly.
  • NFL schedules all games.
  • Teams will be informed as soon as they are no longer under consideration or eligible for a move to Sunday night.
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12 hours ago, RalphWilson'sNewWar said:

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.

I don't see why - they're only 2-3 in their last 5 on Thanksgiving, all @Dal at 430.

They're talent level is equal at worse. Very winnable gm. Zeke should be hurt by then , and I think we walk in there 7-4 .

Josh Allen n the Bills are going to be the talk of Turkey Day . Getting a big W vs the overrated Cowgirls.

Millions of eyeballs will be on that gm , could see the bandwagon fill up with ppl just learning how good Buf is

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