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6 things to know about the Bills 2018 schedule

Posted Apr 19, 2018

The Bills 2018 schedule is out, and as is the case every year there are some interesting quirks to the layout of matchups for Buffalo. Below we take a look at some of the more compelling twists and turns for the Bills 2018 campaign. The 2018 schedule is presented by Ellicott Hotels, the official hotel of the Buffalo Bills.


The 2018 schedule is presented by Ellicott Hotels, the official hotel of the Buffalo Bills.

1 -Primetime with the Patriots
It’s not the first time the Bills have faced the Patriots on Monday Night Football, but in Week 8 Buffalo will host New England for a primetime kickoff Oct. 29th.

It’s the first home game for the Bills on Monday Night in a decade. They last hosted a Monday Night game in 2008 against Cleveland. Buffalo last faced the Patriots on Monday Night in 2015 at Gillette Stadium.

Another primetime note is the Bills do not have a Thursday Night game in 2018.

2 – Away early
The Bills will be doing a lot of traveling during the first month of the season. After opening the season at Baltimore in Week 1, Buffalo will be on the road for three of their first four games.

It’s the first time in team history that three of Buffalo’s first four games are on the road.

The Bills' other away games during September come in Week 3 at Minnesota and Week 4 at Green Bay, where Micah Hyde will face his former club.

In fact, five of Buffalo's first seven games are on the road.

3 – Heavy dose of division late
For the second straight season the Bills will be getting a heavy dose of the AFC East. In 2017, Buffalo had four division games in the last five weeks. That is again the case in 2018.

Last year, the Bills had to face the Patriots and Dolphins twice each over the final five weeks of the season.

This December, Buffalo will square off against the Dolphins in Weeks 13 and 17, and the Jets and Patriots in Weeks 14 and 16. The Bills close at home with the Dolphins.

4 – Only two sets of home games
Last season Buffalo had a stretch of three consecutive home games and a set of back-to-back home games in their schedule. In 2018, the Bills have just a pair of back-to-back home games.

Those come in Weeks 8 and 9 against New England (MNF) and Chicago, and in Weeks 14 and 15 against the Jets and Lions.

The Bills were 6-2 at home last season.

5 – Three straight vs. AFC South
Besides their division games against the AFC East, the other division they’ll face in the conference this season is the AFC South. The NFL’s schedule makers have lumped the majority of those teams together for the Bills.

Buffalo will face three of their four AFC South opponents in succession. Between Weeks 5 and 7, the Bills will play Tennessee at home before going on the road to play at Houston and at Indianapolis.

Bills DE Jerry Hughes will play in his hometown (Houston) and face his former team (Colts) in back-to-back games.

6 – Bye week late
Last season the Bills bye week came in Week 6. In 2018 it will come considerably later.

Buffalo’s bye week comes in Week 11. It’s the latest bye week for the Bills since 2013 when they had a bye in Week 12.

The Bills have won their last three games after the bye. In 2018 they’ll face the Jacksonville Jaguars following their open week at home.

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