Week 9 – Bills at Seahawks, 8:30 pm on ESPN
Unfortunately for Bills, the schedule makers and football gods did not want to give the Bills a well-balanced schedule. The Bills instead have a steady dose of playoff contenders and stout defenses. Seattle’s defense may not be as stout as they once were but Russell Wilson and the gang make up for it on the offensive side of the ball.
Whether it will be Thomas Rawls or Christine Michael in the backfield facing the Bills come Week 9, the Seahawks have plenty of talent. It will be especially tough for Tyrod and company to play with the 12th Man in their ears’ on primetime television. The Bills will drop this one going into a much needed bye week.
Seahawks Win 35-27 (5-4)
Week 11 – Bills at Bengals, 1 pm on Fox
After a week off, the Bills jump right back into their meat grinder of a schedule as they head to Cincinnati to face the “Red Rifle” who can’t seem to win a playoff game. I believe this year will be different for the Bengals as they’ll contend with the Steelers to try and win the AFC North and continue their five-year streak of making the playoffs. The sixth times a charm, right?
The Bills have lost the last three meetings versus Cincinnati and all of those game had both teams scoring twenty points or more. Unfortunately for the Bills, the Bengals are too hot to handle in this matchup.
Bengals Win 40-24 (5-5)
Week 12 – Jaguars at Bills, 1 pm on CBS
It seems like every year the Bills play the Jaguars, right? That’s because the Bills have played the Jaguars twelve out of the last sixteen seasons. Typically this game doesn’t mean much for any fan outside of the two fanbases but this year the Jaguars look primed to be contenders for the AFC South title.
With Blake Bortles at the helm throwing to receivers such as Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, Bortles has churned out strong performances since the Jaguars decided to take the former UCF quarterback as the #3 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. I believe this game will be a huge momentum swing for Buffalo and they beat the all-the-sudden contending Jacksonville Jaguars at home and avenge the nightmare that was the International Series at Wembley Stadium.
Bills Win 20-17 (6-5)
Week 13 – Bills at Raiders, 4:05 pm on CBS
Buffalo continues the tour of recently contending teams as the Bills slide into Oakland to face the Raiders. The Raiders are another young team with a rising star at helm of their offense and he has boded well for them. A slew of other young talent such as Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray has given fans in the Bay Area something to cheer about.
Last time the Bills faced the Raiders, their slim playoff chances were dashed as the Bills and Kyle Orton lost a tight one. I think the Bills come in and sneak by Oakland in a great, exciting matchup on the California coast. I’m hoping the Raiders don’t leave that coast for Las Vegas after the year.
Bills Win 24-23 (7-5)
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