The 2020 NFL schedule for the Buffalo Bills was set just over a week ago, and it has given me some time to digest the slate. The Bills certainly face some of the top teams from last season, including the defending AFC (Kansas City Chiefs) and NFC (San Francisco 49ers) champions.
Below are the five games that I am most looking forward to this season, and be sure to share your own picks in the comments section below.
5. Week 13 at the San Francisco 49ers
One of the Bills’ four prime-time games this year includes the Monday Night Football road match-up against the 49ers. While the luster around Monday night may not be what it was decades ago, there is still something special in my opinion. Two of the NFL’s top defenses will come head-to-head, making this a must-watch match-up.
4. Week 14 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Night Football and another match-up between two of the top defenses in the NFL. I wouldn’t expect this one to be pretty, but can imagine it having significance in the AFC playoff race. This game could take place on a Wednesday morning and I would be excited—the Sunday night prime-time spot just adds to the intrigue.
3. Week 8 vs. the New England Patriots
In my opinion, the Patriots are still the favorites in the AFC East until someone knocks them off their perch. Regardless of who their quarterback may be, Bill Belichick always seems to lead one of the most dominant franchises in all of pro sports to the playoffs each year. If the Bills are looking to claim the AFC East division title, they need to make a statement in their first match-up with the Patriots.
2. Week 6 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs
I consider this the biggest measuring-stick game on the Bills’ schedule, as they host the defending Super Bowl champions in prime time. The storylines that will come into play for this match-up will have your head spinning—Head coaches Sean McDermott/Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes/Tre’Davious White, Mahomes/Josh Allen, White/Tyreek Hill, etc.
1. Week 1 vs. the New York Jets
While I certainly understand that there are more high-profile opponents on the schedule, there is just something about Week 1. After a long offseason of the combine, free agency, the draft, minicamps, training camp, and preseason games—that first game of the season will always have something extra to it. The fact that it is an AFC East rival adds something extra to it, as the Josh Allen/Sam Darnold “rivalry” will be at the center of our focus.