Buffalo will open its 2014 regular season schedule on the road at the Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 7 at 1:00 p.m. The Bills will host the Miami Dolphins in the team’s home opener in week two at Ralph Wilson Stadium and travel to Miami for a primetime Thursday Night contest on November 13.
Highlights for the 2014 home schedule:
• Miami: 39-56-1 All-Time Record (23-25 At Home)
Buffalo will host the Miami Dolphins in the team’s home opener on September 14. The Bills have won each of their previous two home games against the Dolphins and will look to extend their winning streak to three in 2014. The Bills have defeated the Dolphins three straight times at home in their regular season series (1987-1991, 1997-1999 and 2004-07).
The Chargers make their first trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium since 2008 on September 21. The Bills defeated San Diego 23-14 in their last visit to Orchard Park and hold a 3-1 record in their last four home meetings.
• New England: 41-65-1 All-Time Record (22-30-1 At Home)
The Bills and Patriots will meet for the first time in 2014 at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 12. Buffalo last defeated New England at home in 2011, when the Bills rallied back from a 21-0 deficit to earn a 34-31 victory.
• Minnesota: 4-8 All-Time Record (3-4 At Home)
The Bills and Vikings will square off for the 13th time in regular season history – eighth in Orchard Park – on October 19. The Bills defeated Minnesota in their last meeting in Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2006 (17-12) and have won two of the last three contests in the series.
• Kansas City: 23-18-1 All-Time Record (12-6-1 At Home)
The Bills and Chiefs will meet for the seventh consecutive year as Kansas City will travel to Buffalo for the third straight season for a November 9 match-up. Buffalo has won five of its previous seven games against the Chiefs.
• NY Jets: 55-51 All-Time Record (30-23 At Home)
Buffalo will look to earn their its consecutive home win against the New York Jets on November 23. The Bills defeated the Jets 28-9 in 2012 and 37-14 in 2013 at Ralph Wilson Stadium and will aim for a three-game home winning streak against New York for the first time since 2003-05 and for the seventh time in the all-time regular season series.
• Cleveland: 7-11 All-Time Record (3-5 At Home)
The Bills and Browns will meet for the third time in as many years on November 30, with the teams splitting the previous two games. Buffalo defeated Cleveland 13-6 in the last meeting at Ralph Wilson Stadium during the 2010 season (Dec. 12).
• Green Bay: 7-4 All-Time Record (5-0 At Home)
Buffalo will look to extend its perfect home record against Green Bay to 6-0 when the Packers travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 14. The game will also mark the Bills last regular season home game of the season. The team’s undefeated home mark against Green Bay is one of three current standing in team history and the longest active against an opponent (Baltimore 2-0 and Tampa Bay 1-0).
Highlights for the 2014 road schedule:
• Chicago: 4-7 All-Time Record (0-5 On the Road)
Buffalo will open the 2014 regular season on the road at the Chicago Bears on September 7 – the first time the two teams will square off on Kickoff Weekend. The Bills will look to earn their first victory against Chicago on the road in 2014, after falling to the Bears in each of the previous five road contests in the regular season series.
• Houston: 3-3 All-Time Record (2-1 On the Road)
Buffalo and Houston will meet for the seventh time in regular season history on September 28, the fourth meeting on the road. The Bills have won two of their three meetings against the Texans in Reliant Stadium.
The Bills and Lions will square off for the fifth time in the all-time series on October 5. Buffalo’s lone win in a road game against Detroit came in 1979, when the Bills defeated the Lions 20-17 on October 28. This year’s game will mark the second meeting between the two teams at Ford Field.
• NY Jets: 55-51 All-Time Record (25-28 On the Road)
Buffalo and New York will meet for the first time in 2014 on October 26 at MetLife Stadium as the Bills will look to snap a four-game road losing streak at the Jets.
• Miami: 39-56-1 All-Time Record (16-31-1 On the Road)
The Bills and Dolphins will meet in primetime on Thursday Night Football on November 13. Buffalo and Miami last met in a primetime game on Thursday Night Football in 2012 (W, 19-14) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills will aim for their second consecutive road victory over the Dolphins in 2014 which would mark the first back-to-back away game winning streak at Miami since the 2006-2007 seasons.
• Denver: 19-15-1 All-Time Record (7-4-1 On the Road)
Buffalo will travel to Denver for a December 7 game as the two teams will meet for the 36th time in regular season history and 12th meeting in Denver. The Bills have defeated the Broncos in each of the previous two contests: 30-23 in their last visit to Denver during the 2008 season (Dec. 21) and most recently in 2011 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, 40-14 (Dec. 24).
• Oakland: 17-19 All-Time Record (5-12 On the Road)
The Bills will make their longest road trip of the season when the team travels to face the Oakland Raiders on December 21. Buffalo earned victories in each of the previous two meetings against Oakland, both in Orchard Park (2008 and 2011).
• New England: 41-65-1 All-Time Record (19-35 On the Road)
For the second straight year, the Bills will close out the regular season on the road at the New England Patriots. Buffalo will look to capture their first win against the Patriots on the road since the 2000 season (11/5, 16-13).
NFL to continue “Flexible scheduling”
For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.