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Buffalo Bills, NFL Schedule To Be Released Tuesday Evening

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As you have very likely heard by now, the NFL will be releasing its 2012 regular season schedule this very evening in what are sure to be two entirely absurd three-hour specials on both NFL Network and ESPN. Get the schedule and get out quickly, folks; it's over-analysis season in pro football, and we need clear minds for next week's 2012 NFL Draft.

This year, every team - yes, including the Buffalo Bills - will be getting a prime time game. It's therefore no longer a question of if the team will play at night, but when and where. That is the big question heading into tonight for Bills fans, and we'll be able to tell you the details of the full schedule somewhere around 7:00 PM.

For now, let's quickly recap what we do know about the schedule: the team's home and away opponents. Among the 13 different teams that the Bills will play this year, a whopping five of them - Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami and St. Louis - will have new head coaches. The opponents are after the jump, and here's a question for the comments section: who are you hoping that the Bills will play in the season opener?

2012 HOME OPPONENTS

  • St. Louis Rams (2-14): Jeff Fisher is the new head coach in St. Louis, where he'll try to resuscitate the career of quarterback Sam Bradford.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Mike Mularkey returns to Ralph Wilson Stadium as an opposing head coach for the first time.
  • Miami Dolphins (6-10): Joe Philbin takes over as head coach of a team that swept the Bills in 2011. Is there a more disgusting stat than that?
  • Kansas City Chiefs (7-9): Romeo Crennel takes the head coaching reigns. This will be the fifth straight season the two teams have played each other - the Bills have won three of four - but it'll be the first time in that stretch that the game is played in Orchard Park.
  • Seattle Seahawks (7-9): Marshawn Lynch will make his return to Buffalo coming off of a career year (1,204 yards, 12 touchdowns).
  • New York Jets (8-8): The real losing streak is now here, as the Bills have dropped five games and counting to Rex Ryan's crew. The last win: a 2009 overtime affair in which Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions. Dick Jauron was still the Bills' head coach.
  • Tennessee Titans (9-7): These two teams met in Orchard Park last year, with the Titans eking out a 23-17 win in the midst of Buffalo's seven-game losing streak.
  • New England Patriots (13-3): What once was a 15-game losing streak to New England is now just a one-game losing streak.

2012 AWAY OPPONENTS

  • Indianapolis Colts (2-14): GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano are the brand new brain trust in Indy, and they'll likely be playing with their brand new quarterback (Andrew Luck), as well.
  • Cleveland Browns (4-12): Chan Gailey, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills' offense will try to solve a solid defense coordinated by Gailey's predecessor, Jauron.
  • Miami Dolphins (6-10): Joe Philbin takes over as head coach of a team that swept the Bills in 2011. Is there a more disgusting stat than that?
  • Arizona Cardinals (8-8): This team was a playoff contender a year ago, despite their massive problems at quarterback.
  • New York Jets (8-8): The real losing streak is now here, as the Bills have dropped five games and counting to Rex Ryan's crew. The last win: a 2009 overtime affair in which Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions. Jauron was still the Bills' head coach.
  • Houston Texans (10-6): Mario Williams will play against his former team for the first time - and that team just happens to be coming off of the best season in franchise history.
  • New England Patriots (13-3): What once was a 15-game losing streak to New England is now just a one-game losing streak.
  • San Francisco 49ers (13-3): Last year's surprise team more than doubled their win total from 2010 under Jim Harbaugh and took eventual Super Bowl champion New York to the brink in the NFC Championship Game.