While looking at the Buffalo Bills’ schedule, some are asking if there is an easy stretch of games the team can take advantage of during the upcoming season. The easiest part may be the first three games of the year against the New York Jets, the New York Giants, and then the Cincinnati Bengals. The first two are on the road while the Bengals game is the home opener. These first games may be a stretch the team can take advantage of before a showdown against the New England Patriots in Week 4.
Yes, the Jets got better on paper in the offseason, but there are a couple things that are working in the Bills’ favor playing them Week 1. First, they have a new head coach in Adam Gase so it may take a couple weeks for the team to find their groove. Last year, all of the new head coaches lost in their first game of the season. The offense put up 64 points against the Jets last year and even though the Jets addressed their defense, the Bills also made improvements on offense.
The Giants may be one of the worst teams in the league this season, giving Buffalo a good opportunity to get another win in Week 2. It will be interesting to see who the quarterback will be for the Giants that second week. Will it still be Eli Manning or will first-round pick Daniel Jones already have the keys to the offense. Saquon Barkley will be a challenge but I have faith in Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano plugging up any holes in the middle against him. The Giants defense was in the bottom of the league last year and the team did little to address it during the off season so it may be a big day for Josh Allen.
As stated above, the last of this stretch is against the Bengals in the home opener. Already the Bills have the advantage because New Era Field is always rocking—especially in the first game of the year, and hopefully with the team coming in at 2-0. There will also be extra emotion in this game as the team will be honoring beloved fan Poncho Billa—who lost his battle with cancer—before the game. It’s unknown what to expect from the Bengals this year with a new coaching staff and Andy Dalton still behind center. A.J. Green is always a problem especially against the Bills but the emotions behind this game should propel the team to another victory and what we all hope will be a 3-0 start heading into the game against the Patriots.
2019 Buffalo Bills schedule
|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?|
|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|