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NFL schedule to be released Thursday; Buffalo Bills leaks and rumors

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The 2020 NFL schedule will be released at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday night. Before that, there will certainly be leaks that trickle out across the NFL landscape and we’re here to collect them.

Last year, we had the entire Buffalo Bills schedule hours before the official release.

Here are the teams Buffalo is playing and where the game will take place. This year, in addition to the normal rotation of AFC East games home and away, the Bills will face the AFC West and NFC West. The other two games, determined by 2019 divisional finish, will be the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Home:

Away:

Leaks and rumors

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is expected to alter how the schedule is constructed in 2020 in case games near the beginning of the season need to be cancelled.

John Clayton, formerly of ESPN, has now said the NFL is putting the inter-conference games at the start of the schedule because they would be the easiest to cancel. That’s been the scuttlebutt for a while now and this seemingly confirms it. He also said a run through the division would end the season, which makes sense, and that the non-common games would come directly after the inter-conference games. ESPN’s Packers reporter and a prominent Chicago sports radio host have both said the report of the league starting with inter-conference games is untrue.

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 in Buffalo thinks the Bills will be featured on the schedule in some combination of late afternoon windows and prime time. With the Bills playing the AFC and NFC West, it’s certainly unlikely we’ll see a full slate of 1:00 PM Eastern games, but Capaccio is specifically talking about the nationally featured late window that is televised around the country or to the vast majority of the country.

If it’s marked with a strike through it’s been debunked. We’ll keep it around for now. Just remember to take everything with a grain of salt until the schedules are announced around 7:30 PM Eastern tonight.

If the two teams are in bold, it’s been confirmed by more than one source.

Week 1

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (Source and confirmed)

NFC West game?
Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills 4:25 Eastern on FOX (Source)

Week 2

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (Source)

Not the Raiders (Source and confirmed)

NFC West game?
Not the 49ers (Source)
Not the Seahawks

Week 3

Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills (Source)
Not the Chiefs (Source)

NFC West game?
Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers 8:20 Eastern on NBC (Source)

Week 4

NFC West game?

Week 5

Not the Rams or Seahawks (Source)

Pittsburgh Steelers or Tennessee Titans

Week 6

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football (Source)
Pittsburgh Steelers or Tennessee Titans

Week 7

Not the Rams (Source)

AFC East game/bye week

Week 8

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (Source and source)

AFC East game/bye week

Week 9

Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills (Source)
AFC East game/bye week

Week 10

Not the Patriots or Rams (Source)

Not the Broncos or Raiders (Source)

AFC East games/bye week

Week 11

AFC West game

Week 12

Not the Chiefs (Source)

AFC West game

Week 13

Buffalo Bills @ San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football (Source)

AFC West game

Week 14

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (Sunday Night Football???) (Source)

AFC West game

Week 15

Not the Chiefs (Source)

AFC East game

Week 16

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Source)
AFC East game

Week 17

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (Source)
AFC East game

Buffalo Bills’ 2020 NFL Schedule

Week Date Time (Eastern) Opponent Notes
Week Date Time (Eastern) Opponent Notes
Pre-1 Aug 14 7:30 p.m. @ Baltimore Ravens Baltimore had the best record in the NFL in 2019
Pre-2 Aug 21 7:00 p.m. ATLANTA FALCONS It's Buffalo's second trip to the new Mercedes-Benz stadium following a 23-17 win in 2017 regular season
Pre-3 Aug 29 4:00 p.m. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Former Bills QB Frank Reich is the Colts' head coach
Pre-4 Sep 3 7:00 p.m. @ Detroit Lions The Bills vs Lions concludes preseason again
1 Sep 13 1:00 p.m. NEW YORK JETS Second striaght year it's Darnold vs Allen to open the season
2 Sep 20 1:00 p.m. @ Miami Dolphins Which QB will Buffalo be against?
3 Sep 27 1:00 p.m. LOS ANGELES RAMS Rams are in Philly the week before. Will they stay on the East Coast?
4 Oct 4 4:25 p.m. @ Las Vegas Raiders Buffalo's first-ever trip to Vegas
5 Oct 11 1:00 p.m. @ Tennessee Titans The Bills beat the Titans on their way to the playoffs in 2019
6 Oct 15 8:30 p.m. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
7 Oct 25 1:00 p.m. @ New York Jets Is this too early for an in-season Adam Gase firing?
8 Nov 1 1:00 p.m. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Tom Brady owned the Bills; will his successor?
9 Nov 8 1:00 p.m. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Only back-to-back home games on Buffalo's schedule
10 Nov 15 4:05 p.m. @ Arizona Cardinals How will WRs Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins perform for their new teams?
11 BYE
12 Nov 29 1:00 p.m. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS The Bills host former QB Tyrod Taylor and former coach Anthony Lynn
13 Dec 7 8:30 p.m. @ San Francisco 49ers MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
14 Dec 13 8:30 p.m. PITTSBURGH STEELERS The Bills clinched a playoff berth against the Steelers on Sunday Night football last December, too
15 Dec 19/20 TBD @ Denver Broncos NFL will decide which date it's on at a later time
16 Dec 28 8:30 p.m. @ New England Patriots THREE PRIME-TIME GAMES IN ONE MONTH??
17 Jan 3 1:00 p.m. MIAMI DOLPHINS Remember Week 17 in 2017? We do.
Playoffs TBD