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The League, Schedule, and the Buffalo Bills

For a second year in a row, the Buffalo Bills are being thrown under the bus, scheduling-wise.

Chris Brown, from buffalobills.com, has reported that last year the Bills had 4 games where the opponents were coming off of a bye week, giving them more time to prepare for the Bills.  The lost 3 of the4 games.

This year, the Buffalo Bills have 5 games that will have their opponents coing off bye weeks.  Three of them being Division match ups (Jets twice and Dolphins once), the other two are the Jags and the Bengals.

Looking at the rest of the league, there are 14 teams that only have 1 game where their opponent comes off of a bye and three teams that don’t experience it at all, not surprising that one of those three teams are the Patriots.

Chris Brown commented on his report saying…

“It’s very difficult to call the NFL a league of parity when there’s one team with half of their division games against clubs with extra time to rest and prepare, while another in the same division has none,” Brown writes. “The league simply has to do better.”

Is this another shot at the Buffalo market to add to the list of unlucky experiences such as the backwards pass, no goal, and wide right.  There is some difficulty in putting together a schedule that has 256 games in the regular season but I do think that spacing and a little more effort could compromise the league and make it a little bit more even.


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