After seeing the Buffalo Bills schedule for 2020, one thing became abundantly clear and that is the NFL has taken notice of what is happening in Western New York and they are buying in.
For awhile now, when the Buffalo Bills schedule came out it was expected to see them slotted in at the 1 PM spot with the occasional 4 PM game if they were playing on the West Coast. The thought that the Bills would be on primetime is not something that regular crossed fans minds.
However, with the news that the Bills would not only be on primetime but had four scheduled games, which amounts to a quarter of their schedule, was surprising to say the least. The success over the past few years has Bills fans excited about where this franchise is going and it is now clear that the NFL is buying in on the expectations as well.
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While the Bills don’t have the most primetime games, they are certainly close. There are seven teams that have a league high five primetime games (Chiefs, 49ers, Patriots, Cowboys, Rams, Packers, and Buccaneers) and this is a group of franchises that have been very successful in recent years.
In this group, four teams have been represented in the past two Super Bowls (Chiefs, 49ers, Patriots, Rams) and the Buccaneers are obviously in this group with the addition of Tom Brady. Meanwhile the Packers and the Cowboys are two of the most recognizable franchises in the league.
The Buffalo Bills are right behind this group in terms of being showcased nationally by the NFL. These primetime games are used to hopefully grow the fan base for the NFL but get other team’s fans to tune in. The Bills are being showcased at a time of the year that should be the most exciting with three primetime games over Weeks 13-16.
This a season that can be star-making for a number of young players like Tre’Davious White, Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds, Ed Oliver, Stefon Diggs and Devin Singletary. The knock when it comes to end of year awards and accolades is that Buffalo is often forgotten because a large audience doesn’t see their games.
A small example of that was this past year when the Buffalo Bills played the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The team was getting credit for their play throughout the year but the attention was dialed up by the play of Josh Allen and this team. The Bills this coming season will now have four opportunities to showcase the talent they have on this roster.
There is no question excitement is building in Western New York and it appears the NFL has taken notice by what Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane and this franchise has done over the past three years.