The Buffalo Bills kick off their 2021 season in less than a month with a battle at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 12th.
Expectations are high for the Buffalo Bills entering this upcoming season, as they will be one of the favorites in the AFC once again. In 2020, the Bills finished the season 13-3 and won the AFC East for the first time since 1995.
This season’s schedule does not look too difficult, but there are a few matchups against some of the best teams in the NFL. With a slightly tougher schedule than last season and the addition of a 17th game, Buffalo will have plenty of big games to prove that they are one of the teams to beat in the entire league.
Here is a look at the three most important games on the Buffalo Bills schedule for this upcoming season.
Week 2: Buffalo Bills AT Miami Dolphins
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This may not look like the most fun and exciting game of Buffalo’s schedule, but it is one of the most crucial. The biggest threat to the Bills in the AFC East this season is no longer the Patriots, but instead the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins finished last season 10-6 and could get better with the improvements at quarterback this season. If the Bills can win both of the games against Miami in 2021, they will virtually be locked into first place in the AFC East.
The first matchup will be the tougher of the two for Buffalo as it takes place early on in the season and they are playing on the road. This game could decide who sits atop the AFC East for the first half or so of the season and will give a big edge to the winning team knowing that they can claim the head-to-head tiebreaker with a win in the second matchup in week 8.
Week 6: Buffalo Bills AT Tennessee Titans
With the Kansas City Chiefs being the heavy favorites to be the number one seed in the AFC, these two teams will most likely be battling it out for the second seed.
Last season the Titans finished with an 11-5 record, and with the addition of Julio Jones in the offseason, have the potential to knock off the Bills as the AFC’s number two seed.
This game on the road is one of the most important for Buffalo, as they will be coming off of a week 5 matchup against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football, and do not want to lose back-to-back games going into their bye week.
With the game being played on Monday Night Football, this puts even more pressure on Buffalo to prove that they are the team best positioned to take down Kansas City. This game may very well determine home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs, so the Bills must not have a letdown in their second of back-to-back primetime games.
Week 11: Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts
I know some might say that the Kansas City or the Tampa Bay game is more important than this game against the Colts, but since I believe Buffalo will have a difficult time beating the Chiefs or the Bucs, it makes this game against a high-quality opponent that much more important.
The Colts played the Bills in the wild-card round of the playoffs last season and nearly beat them. This Colts team will be hampered with injuries to start the season, but by week 11 could be looking like a top-four team in the AFC.
With the injuries and new additions to the roster, I do not see the Colts battling the Bills for that second seed in the AFC, but they could beat them in this game and put Buffalo’s chances of that two seed in jeopardy. Especially as they approach the final stretch of the season, the Bills cannot let this game slip away and need to beat the teams they are supposed to beat.
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