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2019 Buffalo Bills schedule: Thanksgiving and light September travel

The Bills’ first four games will either be in Orchard Park or East Rutherford.

The Buffalo Bills’ 2019 schedule has officially been released, and there are certainly some stretches where the team seems to have some advantages.

The big news is Buffalo is playing on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1994. Jim Kelly to Josh Allen. It's the late afternoon game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bills bookend the season against the New York Jets, traveling to The Meadowlands on September 8 for the season opener and hosting Sam Darnold and Gang Green on December 29 for the season finale. Also in their September schedule includes a Week 2 road tilt against the New York Giants, giving the Bills a unique scenario in which they will play consecutive road games in the same building—a building that is a mere six hours away by bus, and an 80-minute flight from Buffalo to Newark. The Bills round out the month of September by playing host to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 and the New England Patriots in Week 4.

The Bills travel across Lake Erie in November, as Josh Allen will meet Baker Mayfield for the first time when Buffalo plays the Cleveland Browns. They also have to contend with Tom Brady at Foxboro in December for the second consecutive year. Buffalo is the only team in the NFL without a primetime game.

Here is the full schedule:

Week 1 @ New York Jets
Week 2 @ New York Giants
Week 3 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 4 vs. New England Patriots
Week 5 @ Tennessee Titans
Week 6 BYE
Week 7 vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 8 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 9 vs. Washington
Week 10 @ Cleveland Browns
Week 11 @ Miami Dolphins
Week 12 vs. Denver Broncos
Week 13 @ Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving Day)
Week 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 15 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 16 @ New England Patriots
Week 17 vs. New York Jets

2019 Buffalo Bills schedule

Week Date Time (Eastern) Opponent Notes
Week Date Time (Eastern) Opponent Notes
Pre-1 Aug 8 7:00 PM INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Former Bills QB Frank Reich returns as coach of Colts
Pre-2 Aug 16 7:00 PM @ Carolina Panthers Second year in a row against McDermott & Beane's former team
Pre-3 Aug 23 8:00 PM @ Detroit Lions After one year off, BUF/DET is back on
Pre-4 Aug 29 7:00 PM MINNESOTA VIKINGS Two home games, maybe two combined drives with the starters
1 Sep 8 1:00 p.m. @ New York Jets Darnold vs Allen is early this year
2 Sep 15 1:00 p.m. @ New York Giants Two straight trips to the same stadium
3 Sep 22 1:00 p.m. CINCINNATI BENGALS Bills home opener
4 Sep 29 1:00 p.m. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Patriots have struggled in September over last five seasons
5 Oct 6 1:00 p.m. @ Tennessee Titans Best road trip option of 2019?
6 Oct 14 BYE
7 Oct 20 1:00 p.m. MIAMI DOLPHINS Josh Rosen could be under center
8 Oct 27 1:00 p.m. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Middle of four straight weeks in Orchard Park
9 Nov 3 1:00 p.m. WASHINGTON Will a rookie QB be in by now?
10 Nov 10 1:00 p.m. @ Cleveland Browns Mayfield vs Allen is gonna be fun
11 Nov 17 1:00 p.m. @ Miami Dolphins Alternated wins and losses in Miami since 2012 (BUF's turn to win)
12 Nov 24 1:00 p.m. DENVER BRONCOS Will a rookie QB be in by now?
13 THANKSGIVING 4:30 p.m. @ Dallas Cowboys First time on Thanksgiving since 1994
14 Dec 8 1:00 p.m. BALTIMORE RAVENS Jackson vs Allen in another second-year QB battle
15 Dec 15 1:00 p.m. @ Pittsburgh Steelers Bills haven't won in PIT since 1993 playoffs
16 Dec 21/22 TBD @ New England Patriots Could be played Saturday or Sunday
17 Dec 29 1:00 p.m. NEW YORK JETS The Bills open and close the season against the Jets
Playoffs TBD