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Bills will face Lions on Thanksgiving afternoon, per sources

The NFL Schedule Release is Thursday night, but we have leaks

The Buffalo Bills will face the Detroit Lions in the first game (12:30 Eastern) on Thanksgiving Day 2022, sources have told Buffalo Rumblings. It’s the second straight year the Bills will be on Turkey Day and third time in four years.

The Bills have won their last three games against the Lions, with the last loss coming in 2006 in a game where Roy Williams went off. The Bills are 5-1 against the Lions since 1994. They have played in nearly every preseason we can remember, thanks initially to founding Bills owner Ralph Wilson being a former minority owner of the Lions and a resident of Detroit.

Buffalo has now been scheduled on Thanksgiving in three of the last four seasons. They are 2-0 after convincing victories over the Dallas Cowboys in 2019 (late afternoon) and New Orleans Saints in 2021 (nightcap). The ratings were also high for both games, something not lost on the NFL schedule-makers. If Buffalo wins this year in the early time slot, they will have the Thanksgiving Triple Crown or something.

It would appear that the Bills are getting all of the respect from the national media and NFL. Let’s see how they handle it.

All the information we have on the games is in the table below with links to our previous coverage:

2022 Buffalo Bills schedule

Week Day Date Time Opponent Notes
Week Day Date Time Opponent Notes
Pre-1 Saturday Aug 13 4:00 PM ET INDIANAPOLIS COLTS It's been 30 years since Colts HC Frank Reich led the Bills to the Greatest Comeback in NFL History
Pre-2 Saturday Aug 20 1:00 PM ET DENVER BRONCOS How much will Russell Wilson play?
Pre-3 Friday Aug 26 7:00 PM ET @ Carolina Panthers Lots of connections still exist between the two franchises
1 Thursday Sep 8 8:30 PM ET @ Los Angeles Rams NFL's Opening Night Game! Von Miller returns to L.A.
2 Monday Sep 19 7:15 PM ET TENNESSEE TITANS Fifth straight season playing Tennesse, but first time in Buffalo since 2018
3 Sunday Sep 25 1:00 PM ET @ Miami Dolphins Bills have won seven straight vs Miami
4 Sunday Oct 2 1:00 PM ET @ Baltimore Ravens Ravens play four straight vs AFC East to open 2022, last faced each other in 2020 AFC Playoffs
5 Sunday Oct 9 1:00 PM ET PITTSBURGH STEELERS Lost to Pittsburgh to open the 2021 season, could see former Bills QB Mitch Trubisky under center
6 Sunday Oct 16 4:25 PM ET @ Kansas City Chiefs National TV game, Bills fell to KC in AFC Divisional Round last season
7 BYE Earliest bye in AFC East
8 Sunday Oct 30 8:20 PM ET GREEN BAY PACKERS Aaron Rodgers beat Josh Allen for MVP in 2020 and 2021, Allen shut out in first start vs GB during rookie season
9 Sunday Nov 4 1:00 PM ET @ New York Jets Last meaningful loss to Jets was in Josh Allen's rookie season, but Jets won in final week of 2019 when Bills clinched playoff seeding
10 Sunday Nov 13 1:00 PM ET MINNESOTA VIKINGS Stefon Diggs was traded to the Bills by Minnesota in 2020
11 Sunday Nov 20 1:00 PM ET CLEVELAND BROWNS Most people think DeShaun Watson will be available for this game despite pending litigation for sexual assault
12 Thursday Nov 24 12:30 PM ET @ Detroit Lions Bills are playing on Thanksgiving in 3 of past 4 seasons, they are currently 2-0 in those contests
13 Thursday Dec 1 8:15 PM ET @ New England Patriots Bills didn't punt, turn over the ball, or kick a field goal in their last game against NE -- only touchdowns, game on Amazon Prime
14 Sunday Dec 11 1:00 PM ET NEW YORK JETS Jets QB Zach Wilson was 7-of-20 for 87 yards, while taking 8 sacks, vs BUF in 2021
15 Sat/Sun Dec 17/18 Flex MIAMI DOLPHINS Game day and time TBD due to NFL Flex, last December home loss to Miami was 2016
16 Saturday Dec 24 1:00 PM ET @ Chicago Bears Former Bills starting QB Nathan Peterman signed in Chicago this week
17 Monday Jan 2 8:30 PM ET @ Cincinnati Bengals Bengals were the AFC rep in Super Bowl last year
18 Sat/Sun Jan 7-8 Flex NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Game day and time TBD due to NFL Flex, but Week 17 MNF means Saturday is less likely
WC TBD Jan 14-16 TBD TBD
Div TBD Jan 21-22 TBD TBD
AFC TBD Jan 29 TBD TBD
SB Sunday Feb 12 6:30 PM TBD It's on FOX and from Glendale, Arizona