It’s an interesting cross conference (NFC South) and AFC inter-divisional slate (AFC West) for the Bills this coming fall. We break down the highlights of the Bills 2017 schedule that you need to know below. We also want to remind Bills fans that individual game and group sale tickets will be on sale May 8th, two months earlier than years past.
Group tickets will be available by calling 1-877-BB-TICKS (228-4257) beginning at 9 am. Individual game tickets will be available through ticketmaster.com beginning at noon. Season tickets are on sale now and continue to provide the best overall value. Season tickets can be purchased through the New Era Field virtual venue on buffalobills.com.
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Week 1 at New Era
Buffalo opens the season at home against the division rival New York Jets for a 1 pm kickoff. The Bills have won four of their last five home games against the Jets.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott will be focused on winning the game, but he’s human too. There will likely be some emotions stirring within him leading up to the Week 2 date against the Carolina Panthers as his former NFC club hosts Buffalo Sept. 17th.
McDermott spent six seasons running Carolina’s defense and coached under one of his mentors in Ron Rivera. The road date will also be a homecoming of sorts for three Bills players.
Thursday night familiarity
Buffalo’s lone primetime game will be on Thursday night against a familiar opponent. For the third straight season the Bills will square off with the Jets on Thursday night. In 2015 the Bills beat the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Last season New York won on the road at New Era Field.
The Bills are hoping the trend of road success continues.
Buffalo’s road schedule will be largely in pairs this fall. Aside from their Week 2 road game at Carolina and their primetime road game at MetLife Stadium in Week 9 against the Jets, the Bills have three sets of back-to-back road matchups.
The first is Atlanta and Cincinnati in Weeks 4 and 5. The second comes in Weeks 11 and 12 at Los Angeles (Chargers) and at Kansas City, before the final pair in Weeks 16 and 17 at New England and at Miami.
Squaring off with the former play caller
In Week 11 it will be a matchup with the man who took over the play calling reins of Buffalo’s offense in Week 3 of last season. Head coach Anthony Lynn and his L.A. Chargers will host the Bills on Nov. 19th in what is expected to be a battle of rushing attacks featuring
It was perhaps the most painful loss of the 2016 season for the Bills. Watching a 15-point fourth quarter lead disappear as Oakland rolled up 29 unanswered points, Buffalo will have their opportunity for redemption on their home turf in Week 8 against the Raiders.
An added bonus could be the possible presence of former Bills first-round pick Marshawn Lynch in Oakland’s offensive backfield.
McDermott mentor part II
After facing coaching mentor Ron Rivera in Week 2, coach McDermott will revisit his coaching past again when he battles coaching wits with the man who gave him his first NFL coaching job. The Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid host the Bills in Week 12.
Heavy division exposure in December
The Bills will have just two division games in the first three quarters of the season and both will be against the Jets (Week 1, Week 9). Come the last five weeks of the 2017 campaign it’s a whole lot of New England and Miami.
Buffalo hosts New England in Week 13 and Miami in Week 15 before going on the road to close out the season at New England on Christmas Eve in Week 16 and at Miami on New Year’s Eve in Week 17.