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I can’t remember a year where the schedule seemed to be this easy.  I know in 2008 that 5-1 start might have been misleading but the schedule got harder.  
 

The only sure loss Id say is the Patriots game and the Cowboys game I would lean toward a loss.  All the other games we have as good a shot as the opponent.

 

I realize any given Sunday anything can happen.  Heck the Dolphins decide to kick a FG in the 3rd qtr yesterday instead of going for the fake we might be having different conversations today.

 

I mean maybe this is what it feels like though to have a solid team though?  On the other hand we’ve already played against two teams without a win.

 

Bottom line the rest of the schedule the Bills should own 

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It is very manageable, but you need the add the Ravens to that list and who knows what Browns team shows up. 

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Im not sure how the rest was, but I recall the last 6 games-ish of the 2004 schedule broke to be this easy.  Right in a row, they played like 4 of the worst 5 teams in the league, followed by the Steelers with 3rd stringers.  I believe Miami was really bad that season too.

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It may work out that way, but it's also the most divided I can remember seeing the AFC.  The difference between the haves and have nots is huge.  

 

Plus, we were also a team that found ways to lose games in the past we are now winning.  So, I think they go together a little bit.

 

You also have Big Ben out, taking the Steelers out of the equation.  Darnold getting mono made half the AFC East a cake walk to start the seasons.  The Chargers found a way to fall off the face of the earth.  

 

The teams around .500 have just beaten up on the winless teams.

 

You could say that there's really only 3 solid overall teams in the AFC right now, and that might be overshooting it

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The season Bledsoe lost to Steelers' backups (2004), the second half of the season our schedule had some really bad teams.

 

3 minutes ago, May Day 10 said:

Im not sure how the rest was, but I recall the last 6 games-ish of the 2004 schedule broke to be this easy.  Right in a row, they played like 4 of the worst 5 teams in the league, followed by the Steelers with 3rd stringers.

Ha.  I was typing the same thing when you posted this.

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If you look at the playoff teams every year, usually most (sometimes almost all) their wins come against below-.500 teams. Just have to win the winnable games. 

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Philly, Cleveland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh games are all so unpredictable.  These teams are so up and down it’s just so hard to predict 

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We get NE twice every year, we  deserve the kind of break most teams in other divisions enjoy.

 

Not feeling guilty at all

 

 

 

 

 

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I think the league itself has been pretty bad this year with alot of .500 or lower teams. 

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As far as I can remember, it’s by far the easiest

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Schedule does have a lot to do with it.  Look at Detroit, they have a decent team this year and 3 close losses, but they have a tough schedule for the most part. 

In AFC,  Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Denver and Chargers were all projected to be better than they have been and Cinci shouldn't be as bad as they are. 

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This could be a historically easy schedule for the history of the NFL not just Bills. 

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19 minutes ago, Another Fan said:

I can’t remember a year where the schedule seemed to be this easy.  I know in 2008 that 5-1 start might have been misleading but the schedule got harder.  
 

The only sure loss Id say is the Patriots game and the Cowboys game I would lean toward a loss.  All the other games we have as good a shot as the opponent.

 

I realize any given Sunday anything can happen.  Heck the Dolphins decide to kick a FG in the 3rd qtr yesterday instead of going for the fake we might be having different conversations today.

 

I mean maybe this what it feels like though to have a solid team?  Though we’ve already faced against two teams without a win.

 

Bottom line the rest of the schedule the Bills should own 

 

You must have missed the Ravens game yesterday.  If the Bills played Baltimore yesterday, there would be a much different conversation today.

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17 minutes ago, CaptnCoke11 said:

Philly, Cleveland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh games are all so unpredictable.  These teams are so up and down it’s just so hard to predict 

Very true.  Any one of those teams (except for Philly) could be extremely formidable on any given Sunday.   I would put Dallas in that category too.

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Let's also account for the extremely light travel schedule plus having all of the games Sunday 1 PM (excepting Thanksgiving).  Consistency of timing also helps players & coaches prepare and recover, both physically and mentally

 

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33 minutes ago, Virgil said:

It may work out that way, but it's also the most divided I can remember seeing the AFC.  The difference between the haves and have nots is huge.  

 

Plus, we were also a team that found ways to lose games in the past we are now winning.  So, I think they go together a little bit.

 

You also have Big Ben out, taking the Steelers out of the equation.  Darnold getting mono made half the AFC East a cake walk to start the seasons.  The Chargers found a way to fall off the face of the earth.  

 

The teams around .500 have just beaten up on the winless teams.

 

You could say that there's really only 3 solid overall teams in the AFC right now, and that might be overshooting it

 

The Chargers have found new and unbelievable ways to lose each week for 3 years now...it's almost like they have a curse hanging over them or something with the ridiculous new ways they come up with for losing.

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Seems like a natural progression- we get better, other teams get worse in relation to us, our schedule looks better. 

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3 minutes ago, matter2003 said:

 

The Chargers have found new and unbelievable ways to lose each week for 3 years now...it's almost like they have a curse hanging over them or something with the ridiculous new ways they come up with for losing.

There is a definite snakebit quality to the Chargers. Was it 2009 or 2010 when they had the number 1 offense AND number 1 defense and missed the playoffs?

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Yes, by a long shot. We still get to play Pitt (2-4), Wash (1-6), Miami (0-6), Jets (1-4), Browns (2-4), Broncos (2-5). A combined 8-29 for six upcoming opponents. That's 11 wins. We're the team that gets a solid wild card and then a proven team beats the brakes off us. 

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1 hour ago, ngbills said:

This could be a historically easy schedule for the history of the NFL not just Bills. 

I will place a significant bet that when all is said and done and all of the NFL teams' win-loss records are added up that it will be .500.  If this happens, then this season will end in a tie with the previous 50.

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52 minutes ago, Seven-N-Nine said:

I don't recall a season like this where there are so many bad teams.

Agreed.  And they are all taking wins off of each other such that everyone seems to be stockpiling losses.

 

We also have the almost miraculous loss of Luck and Big Ben in the same year, which removes 2 proven QBs capable of beating us in a quarterbacking duel  in a playoff game.  

 

It hasn't looked this good in a long time.

 

As the season progresses, and if it become necessary, I would strongly consider a "win now" move that we otherwise might not consider.  

 

You have to strike while the iron is hot and right now it is white hot.

 

 

27 minutes ago, whatdrought said:

Seems like a natural progression- we get better, other teams get worse in relation to us, our schedule looks better. 

Yeah but it's more than that. 

 

The AFC in particularly is historically weak right now.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Nextmanup said:

Yeah but it's more than that. 

 

The AFC in particularly is historically weak right now.

 

So far that is true.

AFC Non-Conference record is 11-20.

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