Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the ESPN Monday Night Football trucks in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot during the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Yesterday the Buffalo Bills had a couple of interesting news worthy appearances. They were said to have leaked part of their schedule not once but twice. The first was in reference to playing on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions, something they have not done since 1994. The second came in shortly after, from a report out of Wisconsin, that stated the Bills would host a Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers.
The first report came from FoxSports out of Wisconsin.
"“The full NFL schedule won’t be released for another week or so, but the Green Bay Packers will be playing at least one Monday Night Football game on the road this season.The Packers’ game in Buffalo against the Bills will be played on a Monday night during the upcoming season, according to a source.”"
Buffalo is undefeated when it comes to home games against the Packers, 6-0. Buffalo on Monday night has not fared as well. They hold a record of 10-12 since the 1990s. During the 90s they played a majority of those MNF games, 18 to be exact. During the years of 1990 through 1996 they were playing in 2 sometimes 3 MNF games a year. In 1997 they started to slow down and only had 2 games the next three years, rounding out the 90s.
During the 2000s, the Bills played a total of 4 games. They did not play any during 2001 through 2006. Their last game played on MNF was in 2009 as an away game. They played the New England Patriots Opening weekend and lost 24-25.
Their last home game on MNF was in 2008. They played on November 17th against the Cleveland Browns and lost, as well, 27-29.
Buffalo’s last win on MNF has not come since 1999 when they played against the Miami Dolphins in Miami on October 4th. The score was 23-18.
Does this MNF game fare well for the the Bills? It’s anybodies guess. They are 6-0 against the Packers at home but haven’t won a MNF home game since 1995 against the Cleveland Browns. I think that this streak is longer than their playoff drought.
Will this be the year of breaking losing streaks; Playoff and MNF? I think that this year is as good as any year to start changing things around.