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2021 NFL Schedule leaks and rumors: Buffalo Bills featured prominently on national stage

The Buffalo Bills will be featured prominently on the national stage in the 2021 NFL season. If the leaks and rumors we are hearing are actually true—and we have no reason to believe they aren’t—Buffalo will have a multitude of nationally televised games on strange days and start times, rather than the traditional 1:00 pm Eastern time slot on Sunday.

As a reminder, there are only three preseason games in 2021 and a brand-spanking-new 17th regular season game in this year’s schedule, thanks to changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement from a year ago.

Now that we have the facts established, let’s get into some reports and rumors. If we’ve heard it from a single source, it’s listed here as an unconfirmed rumor. Typically, folks writing reports like this are supposed to confirm the news with multiple sources, not just one.

Week 1 - Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 PM
On Wednesday morning, CBS unveiled their lineup of games for the first week of the season. They have the Bills hosting the Steelers for a 1:00 game in that group.

Week 2 - Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

Week 3 - Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills

Week 4 - Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills

Week 5 - Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday Night Football
It’s a rematch of the AFC Championship game in Week 5. C.J. Caggiano had the news first and we were able to independently confirm it.

Week 6 - Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans, Monday Night Football
Bills at Titans for Monday Night Football. C.J. Caggiano had the news first and we have independently confirmed it.

Week 7 - BYE
Bills bye week. C.J. Caggiano had the news first. Everything else he says has been right, and now that we can confirm it independently, he nailed all of his rumors.

Week 8 - Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
We are hearing the rest of the AFC East home schedule is pretty fun, too; a Halloween costume party with the Miami Dolphins.

Week 9 - Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 10 - Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Week 11 - Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

Week 12 - Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints, Thursday Night Football
The Bills playing the New Orleans Saints in prime time on Thanksgiving would be a huge game for Buffalo travelers, I’d expect. That’s what’s being reported by Bleacher Report.

Week 13 - New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football
In primetime, the Bills will host the New England Patriots in Orchard Park on Monday Night Football according to a source. A December home game under the lights could be the first time we see rookie QB Mac Jones play Buffalo.

Week 14 - Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 PM
Rumors had been flying around that the Bills were the leading candidate for the season-opener on September 9, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers raise their Super Bowl Championship banner at Raymond James Stadium. Ryan Talbot at NYUP.com reports that Buffalo will face Tom Brady in Week 14 on December 12th at 4:25 start time, not the season opener.

Week 15 - Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills
A flex week, Buffalo could play on December 18 or 19 against the Carolina Panthers at home, according to our report.

Week 16 - Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

Week 17 - Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills

Week 18 - New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Buffalo closes out the season against the Jets instead of opening it.

We will continue adding rumors and reports to this list until the full schedule is released and confirmed by the team. The table below includes our confirmed info.

Buffalo Bills’ 2021 Schedule

Week Date Time Opponent Notes
Week Date Time Opponent Notes
Pre-1 8/8 TBD @ Detroit Lions First preseason game since 2019 due to COVID concerns
Pre-2 8/21 TBD @ Chicago Bears Will the second preseaon game become the "dress rehearsal"?
Pre-3 8/29 TBD GREEN BAY PACKERS First year with only three preseason games
1 Sep 12 1:00 PM PITTSBURGH STEELERS Bills beat Pittsburgh on Sunday night last December
2 Sep 19 1:00 PM @ Miami Dolphins Have the Dolphins taken the next step?
3 Sep 26 1:00 PM WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ron Rivera faces several former colleagues
4 Oct 3 1:00 PM HOUSTON TEXANS David Culley returns to Buffalo, but who is his QB?
5 Oct 10 8:15 PM @ Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo lost to the Chiefs twice in the 2020 NFL season
6 Oct 18* 8:15 PM @ Tennessee Titans The Bills were blown out by the Titans in a 2020 prime-time game
7 Oct 24 BYE BYE BYE
8 Oct 31 1:00 PM MIAMI DOLPHINS Halloween costume party is only home game in six weeks
9 Nov 7 1:00 PM @ Jacksonville Jaguars Welcome to the NFL, Trevor.
10 Nov 14 1:00 PM @ New York Jets The new-look Jets feature a lot of turnover
11 Nov 21 1:00 PM INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Return of Frank Reich, coach of the Colts
12 Nov 25* 8:15 PM @ New Orleans Saints Bills has highest-rated Thanksgiving game in 27 years during 2019 defeat of Cowboys
13 Dec 6* 8:15 PM NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Hosting the Patriots on Monday Night Football instead of playing in Foxborough
14 Dec 12 4:25 PM @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom Brady, the boogeyman, via NYUP
15 Dec 18-19* TBD CAROLINA PANTHERS Saturday flex options
16 Dec 26 1:00 PM @ New England Patriots Five years in a row for a Christmas trip to Massachusetts
17 Jan 2 1:00 PM ATLANTA FALCONS Gonna be cold for the Falcons
18 Jan 9 1:00 PM NEW YORK JETS Welcome to Buffalo in January, Zach. Final week game could be flexed to Saturday.
WC TBD TBD The Bills beat the Colts in the Wild Card round in 2020
Div TBD TBD Buffalo beat the Ravens in the Divisional Round in 2020
AFC TBD TBD The Chiefs toppled the Bills in the 2020 AFC Championship Game
SB Feb 13 6:30 PM TBD Latest calendar date in Super Bowl history

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