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NFL Schedule Release: Buffalo Bills have four prime-time games in 2020

A year after zero scheduled late-night games, Buffalo is garnering major respect.

The Buffalo Bills earned some serious respect from the NFL community for their performances in big games last year (and the ratings those games produced). With four prime-time games, the Bills will be on a lot of television sets this fall. It’s the most prime-time games they’ve had in a year since 1996. (That’s the year Josh Allen was born.)

It appears the NFL isn’t worrying about losing games to the coronavirus, as divisional games litter the opening week schedule including Buffalo hosting the New York Jets. Then they travel to South Beach to take on the new-look Miami Dolphins. They also end the regular season with back-to-back divisional games in six days against the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

The Bills don’t play any teams coming off extra rest this season. It’s a miracle.

The NFL built in at least two weeks of contingency plans, according to Adam Schefter. The Week 1 and Week 17 opponents aren’t the same, and because they’re mostly divisional games in Week 1, you can bump them to Week 18. All the Week 2 opponents have the same bye week, so if you need to move back Week 2, they have a common spot in the schedule to make that happen.

Here is the full schedule:

Week 1: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Week 2: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
Week 3: Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills
Week 4: Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5: Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
Week 6: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football
Week 7: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Week 8: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Week 9: Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills
Week 10: Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals
Week 11: BYE WEEK
Week 12: Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills
Week 13: Buffalo Bills @ San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football
Week 14: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football
Week 15: Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos (Date TBD)
Week 16: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots on Monday Night Football
Week 17: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

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
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