With Tom Brady now in the NFC, the Buffalo Bills are primed for a division title in 2020. We break down their schedule and make predictions for every game.
If not for the elephant in the room, this Buffalo Bills schedule breakdown would have a much more joyous tone.
It has been a tragic year for the state of New York in 2020. The epicentre of the American COVID-19 outbreak, the state has had 330,000 confirmed cases and 21,271 deaths at the time of writing.
Fans might not be able to attend these games, but Bills football will surely provide a much-welcomed distraction from the death and despair that has gripped the state.
With Tom Brady in the NFC, the additions of Josh Norman and Stefon Diggs, and the second-best defence in football returning almost fully intact, 2020 has the potential of being one of the most successful campaigns in recent memory.
Here is part one of our breakdown of the Buffalo Bills’ 2020 schedule starting with Weeks 1-8:
Week 1 – vs New York Jets
The Bills open up 2020 just as the 2019 season ended, with a home date against the New York Jets. Sam Darnold and Gang Green got the better of the Bills in the final regular season game of last year, but the Bills were resting most of their starters.
Obviously, week one at New Era Field will be a different story. Although there might not be much energy in the stands, both teams on the field will know how pivotal this game could end up being in a wide-open division.
The Jets addressed their needs on the offensive line through free agency and the draft, but do they have the depth at receiver to compete with the Bills’ combo of shutdown corners? Tre’Davious White and the newly acquired Norman have the ability to erase any team’s top two receivers off the board, and the Jets top receiver from a season ago won’t even be on said board, as Robby Anderson left for Carolina in free agency.
With Quincy Enunwa slated to miss the entire season on the PUP list, Jamison Crowder is the only proven veteran receiver on the roster. This matchup will also see the return of Frank Gore to New Era Field, as he inked a one-year deal with the Jets to be the thunder to Le’Veon Bell‘s lightning.
Prediction: 28-24 Bills