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Four Downs: Bring on the Bucs

Will the Bills get a crack at the Super Bowl champions on opening night?

NFL: FEB 07 Super Bowl LV - Chiefs v Buccaneers Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Now that the 2021 NFL Draft has come to a close, Four Downs makes its weekly return to Buffalo Rumblings. Each week I will highlight four topics around the Buffalo Bills, which I hope readers will enjoy. Without further delay, let’s get started.


Bring on the Bucs

With the NFL schedule set to release this Wednesday, there is plenty of discussion at who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with host for the opening-night extravaganza. The Bills are scheduled to play in Tampa Bay this season, and I would love to see Buffalo be the opening-night opponent. Playing in the national spotlight, against the defending Super Bowl champions, would be a true measuring-stick game to start the year.

The team at NFL.com shared their thoughts on who the Buccaneers should host, in a debate between the Bills and the Dallas Cowboys. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below about the thoughts of the Bills opening the season in Tampa Bay.

More on the scheduling process

One of my favorite interviews comes from Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 AM, as he spent some time looking forward to the schedule. For the second year in a row he recorded with Mike North, the NFL VP of Broadcast Planning. The two take time to discuss the Bills, how they appeal to the networks for primetime, and the challenges of creating the schedule. You can find the interview here, which I would highly recommend.

Pod of the Week

In a bit of a shameless plug, I spent some time recapping the Bills’ draft with the guys on the Sunday Sports Buzz on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Overall I found myself to be pleased with the draft class, while still questioning the lack of a cornerback selected in the early rounds. You can catch the interview with Charlie and Rob here.

Post-Draft Blues

While I’m not sure how our readers feel, I always find myself missing the NFL Draft once it’s over. The over analysis, the mock drafts, the preview shows...I find it all incredibly fun. Now we hit that long stretch leading up until training camp, where no news is considered good news. Maybe I can find a 2022 mock draft somewhere to hold me over (I’m kidding...maybe).