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Our schedule next year will be BRUTAL. A plead for patience with the "4 year plan".

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24 minutes ago, RyanC883 said:

 

Win the Division next year.  It's still there for the taking.  The Pats should be going on a downward trend! 

And the Jets will be trending up, maybe Miami too

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Also, funny how no one here is willing to look ahead to next year's opponents and say that they will or won't be good--but we've set the standard here for a division title and deep playoff run for the Bills a year in advance.

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34 minutes ago, GunnerBill said:

 

Arizona has been here. The only one of the 32 that hasn't is the Packers.

 

And there are four London games contracted for next year (Wembley is contracted for two and Tottenham is contracted for two). It is very possible the Bills end up on that schedule. And I know that this will not be popular here but I think it is quite possible it is a home game. If the NFL is keen on applying soft pressure on the Bills over the stadium moving one of their home games to London might be a way to do it.

Isn't Mexico City now a regular stop?

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3 minutes ago, Phil The Thrill said:


 I remember when the Bills schedule came out last year, everyone was saying how tough it looked.   This happens every year.
 

You can’t predict how teams are going to be 1 year in advance 

 

I dispute this totally. Some of us were saying the exact opposite this time last year. The Bengals, Dolphins, Giants and Redskins all figured to be pretty bad a year out and the Ravens and Browns were unknown quantities with 2nd year QBs just like us. I always thought 2018 was a tough schedule and I thought 2017 was tricky too - we won those big road games at KC and Atlanta and defied the odds a bit. 

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Just now, yungmack said:

Isn't Mexico City now a regular stop?

 

It is but I don't know their contractual situation. 2020 is the last year of the Wembley contract but most assume it will be extended and Tottenham are contracted for 2 games per year for a decade. 

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6 minutes ago, yungmack said:

And the Jets will be trending up, maybe Miami too

 

Not if Adam Gase is still there... 

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1 minute ago, GunnerBill said:

 

I dispute this totally. Some of us were saying the exact opposite this time last year. The Bengals, Dolphins, Giants and Redskins all figured to be pretty bad a year out and the Ravens and Browns were unknown quantities with 2nd year QBs just like us. I always thought 2018 was a tough schedule and I thought 2017 was tricky too - we won those big road games at KC and Atlanta and defied the odds a bit. 

  There were plenty of posts several months back about how tough the 2019 schedule looked.

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Just now, RochesterRob said:

  There were plenty of posts several months back about how tough the 2019 schedule looked.

 

Not from me and you will probably find me disagreeing in a lot of them. 

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1 hour ago, MAJBobby said:

 

If you are good NONE of that Matters.  Also one of those games gonna go with the Cardinals are likely to be played in London.

If Allen makes the giant strides he needs to, as you say, it won't matter.


If he doesn't, it still won't matter.

 

Don't focus on the schedule!  Focus on Josh Allen's development or lack thereof. 

 

It's by far the most important factor with this organization.

 

 

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It's going to be an absolute gauntlet, but it's also going to be a gauntlet for the other teams in our division. Maybe 10-6 wins the division next year if the Patriots continue to decline.

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1 hour ago, MAJBobby said:

 

If you are good NONE of that Matters.  Also one of those games gonna go with the Cardinals are likely to be played in London.

 

It matters plenty. Long road trips are tough on a team.

18 minutes ago, RochesterRob said:

  There were plenty of posts several months back about how tough the 2019 schedule looked.

 

Not really. The schedule looked like a cakewalk from Day One.. It only got easier.

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I look at next years schedule potential, as "i dont care that our schedule is easy this year." Get everybody in that locker room some playoff experience, and maybe we are better prepared to be one of those elite teams. As somebody said, "i'm on to denver 2019"

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20 minutes ago, whatdrought said:

Next year we should be a Superbowl contender. Schedule doesn't matter. 

 

And I plan to hold my breath until it happens. Who's with me?

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1 minute ago, PromoTheRobot said:

 

It matters plenty. Long road trips are tough on a team.

 

Not really. The schedule looked like a cakewalk from Day One.. It only got easier.


East teams going west for the 4 o’clock game is much easier because their Routine can stay the same. West teams coming East has their routine accelerated by 3 hours 

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4 minutes ago, theAteam said:

It's going to be an absolute gauntlet, but it's also going to be a gauntlet for the other teams in our division. Maybe 10-6 wins the division next year if the Patriots continue to decline.

  If the Pats truly fall back to earth 9-7 may win the division if the schedule truly is tough.  If what is predicted is true I see 6 probable losses to start.

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And sorry I don’t like setting up the next year excuse a year in advance. 
 

by year 4 this team SHOULD be very good and rebuild complete with the Contender Window open

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Next year, the approach needs to be winning the division. Every team in the East will have an extremely tough schedule. The Bills will just have to win the division, even if it's at 9-7.

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53 minutes ago, McBean said:

Every year “schedule is going to be tough!”

 

Season arrives....

 

”Schedule isn’t too bad! Looks weaker than we thought.”

 

37 minutes ago, Phil The Thrill said:


 I remember when the Bills schedule came out last year, everyone was saying how tough it looked.   This happens every year.
 

You can’t predict how teams are going to be 1 year in advance 

 

Nah, most of us thought it looked easy.  I even started a thread about how I couldn't talk myself out of at least 10-6 for this team based largely upon the schedule.

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Next season we will be one of the tougher teams to play, so I'm not worried. Bring it on. AFC east champs next year. Brady is on the way out. He looked like trash yesterday.

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It's absolutely true that you can't know anything for sure about the schedule until the games are happening. But when this gets (correctly) used as a response to people who worry about a schedule in April, it (like all other stances) inevitably goes further than it logically should, because you absolutely CAN have SOME idea for how tough a schedule can be beforehand. The board consensus about this year's schedule began before last season was over, and was largely correct. Because while some teams are surprises, MOST teams follow typical positive or negative developmental paths, give or take a couple of wins. Which is why we have concepts of rebuilds and declining contenders in our heads in the first place. 

Even if the teams were bad, lining up two western divisions is tough for travel purposes, it is logical and likely statistically demonstrable that cross country games are harder than ones nearby, all else equal. Adding the fact that the Seahawks, 49ers, Chiefs don't look to be falling off any time soon, and most of the other teams aren't jokes, and the fact that we'll have a 2nd place schedule, it's completely reasonable to suggest that we'll have a tougher road next year, especially compared to this one.

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2 hours ago, oldmanfan said:

Every year people talk about the schedule being tough.  Every year things change in the off season and during the season where teams either fall off or improve.  

 

 

Did you bother to even read the post beyond the title, probably not.

 

Here spelled out for you, quoting his post,

 

" am not saying that our schedule will be tough because of WHO we are playing, but because of WHERE we will be playing. West coast road games are hard."

 

We are going to have to travel to the west coast 4 times next year, and a possible game in London.  THAT is in fact a tough schedule.

2 hours ago, Bferra13 said:

No matter if the teams are good or not, the travel will be pretty brutal. But no excuses as all the afc east teams will have to do it.

Exactly, it is truly stunning how so many people responded without either reading the post or failing in simple reading comprehension.

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34 minutes ago, RoyBatty is alive said:

 

 

Did you bother to even read the post beyond the title, probably not.

 

Here spelled out for you, quoting his post,

 

" am not saying that our schedule will be tough because of WHO we are playing, but because of WHERE we will be playing. West coast road games are hard."

 

We are going to have to travel to the west coast 4 times next year, and a possible game in London.  THAT is in fact a tough schedule.

Exactly, it is truly stunning how so many people responded without either reading the post or failing in simple reading comprehension.

I read it.  Read the second paragraph where he gets into how difficult the teams will be.  Anytime a poster starts out with "I am not saying", it's a fairly reliable indication that it is, in fact, what they are saying.

 

My point is simple:  you can't predict what will happen between now and then.  And travel is harder for teams going west to east than east to west anyway.  Plus you can't do a damn thing about it regardless.

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3 hours ago, msw2112 said:

 

I hope the Cardinals game isn't in London.  I live in Phoenix and many of us out here have been looking forward to the Bills return.  The last time they were here, Fitz led a OT victory in a very sloppy game that neither team seemed to want to win.  The Buffalo ex-pats took the tailgating to the next level and we had a ball.

 

As to the schedule, outside of this year, the Bills have a tough schedule every year.  I agree that for good teams, the schedule doesn't matter as much.  Also, the schedule can be deceiving.  Teams that project to be good can be terrible and teams that project to be terrible can be pretty good.  The AFC West is a good example.  The Chiefs were supposed to be 14-2 and roll through the league, and are doing OK, but not world beaters.  The Chargers were also supposed to be very good and are not.  The Raiders were supposed to be terrible and are actually pretty decent and the Broncos were supposed to be decent (not great) and are terrible.  So you never know. 

 

I will admit that the easier start to the schedule this year has really helped the Bills and was very timely for a young team with a developing QB learning how to win.  Let's hope it pays dividends for the future.

I hope not either. Going to Arizona for a Bills game is great. The Wild West Bills Backers are a great group and have had good gatherings in the past. I definitely want to be there for it.

 

3 hours ago, plenzmd1 said:

wonder how much tickets will be for the Vegas game? Man o man, pretty sure i will be sitting the "Mafia" trip out, as not a huge fan of vegas to begin with. My guess is decent seats will be at leat $400 per, good seats $600 per, and lousy seats will be $280 or so. No thanks

Yeah, it'll be a rip off. That's not counting what the hotels will charge.

 

Come to San Francisco(Santa Clara). I'll be hosting a couple of parties for Bills fans that weekend.

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