On Monday, the NFL announced the five ‘home’ teams that would be playing an international game this upcoming season. The Buffalo Bills were not among one of those teams listed which were the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
While the opponents haven’t been announced for those games, the Buffalo Bills will not be one of them as they are not scheduled to have an away game against any of those five teams this coming season. They do have a home game against the Green Bay Packers on their schedule in 2022.
This coming season, the NFL will have three games in London (Packers, Bucs, Jaguars), one game in Mexico City (Cardinals), and include the first-ever regular season game in Germany (Bucs).
Buffalo Bills have a good chance of playing an international game in 2023
It is worth noting that of the five teams playing international games, four of them are in the NFC. As Andrew Brandt tweeted, this is likely due to the NFC being the conference with an extra home game this coming season. The Bills had an extra home game last year in the first year the NFL went to a 17-game regular season.
It would not be surprising to see the NFL keep this type of rotation moving forward to ensure all teams have at least eight games at their home stadiums, except for Jacksonville who has played international games annually for a few seasons now.
If this is the case, then Buffalo could have one of their nine regular season games in 2023 be an international game. If they aren’t selected, then they would still have a good chance considering a majority of their schedule is against AFC opponents.
The last time the Buffalo Bills played an international game was 2015 when they played the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was an ugly game where the Bills got behind 27-3 before scoring 28 points to take a 31-27 lead.
However, Blake Bortles would find Allen Hurns for a touchdown shortly before the two minute warning to put the Jaguars up 34-31 and secure the win.