The Buffalo Bills’ schedule release for 2020 has made most headlines due to the number of prime-time games Buffalo was awarded out of the gate. An under-publicized aspect of the schedule is the stretches, or lack of, for both home and away games.
In what at first glance feels unusual, the Bills have no stretches of more than two games in a row either on the road or at home.
The Bills will be on the road back-to-back weeks in October going from the Las Vegas Raiders to the Tennessee Titans in Weeks 4 and 5 respectively. In early November, the Bills get a mini home stretch where the Brady-less New England Patriots followed by the Seattle Seahawks both come to New Era Field in consecutive weeks. Lastly, the Bills close out December with back-to-back road games at the Denver Broncos followed by going to Foxborough to play the Patriots on Monday Night Football.
Home and away stretches are often a double-edged sword where it can be hard to get back on track if a team hits a rough spot without the crowd energy behind the players for weeks in a row. At the same time, getting multiple home games in a row can give the Bills that 12th man element multiple games in a row if a streak is building.
In any case, this year it will be interesting to see how this materializes or matters, especially if stadiums are empty or nearly empty.
Buffalo Bills’ 2020 NFL Schedule
|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?|
|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.|