2012 Bills schedule strewn with new coaches

The Bills won't know when they're playing their 2012 opponents until mid-April at the earliest, but they do know what teams are on their slate this coming fall. Perhaps the most interesting characteristic is how many new head coaches Buffalo will be facing in 2012. Six of Buffalo's 16 regular season games will be against incoming head coaches (Jax., K.C., Stl., Ind., Mia.-twice). Below we take an initial look at Buffalo's opponents for next season.

2012 Home opponents
Jacksonville2011 record:
5-11
*2011 finish: *3rd place AFC South – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 10/10/2010 – won at Buffalo 36-26
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Stat worth noting – *aurice Jones-Drew led the league in rushing, but the Jaguars offense was ranked dead last in the league.
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2012 storyline – **Nw head coach Mike Mularkey makes his first visit to Buffalo as a head coach of another NFL club as he tries to effectively tutor second-year QB Blaine Gabbert.

Kansas City 2011 record:7-9
*2011 finish: *Last place AFC West – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 9/11/2011 – lost to Buffalo 41-7
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Stat worth noting – *he Chiefs were dead last in red zone offense in 2011.
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2012 storyline – **Wll it be Matt Cassel or Kyle Orton starting at quarterback for new head coach Romeo Crennel?

St. Louis2011 record:2-14
*2011 finish: *Last place NFC West – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 9/28/2008 – lost to Buffalo 31-14
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Stat worth noting – *he Rams were the lowest scoring team in football in 2011.
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2012 storyline – **Cn new head coach Jeff Fisher re-establish Sam Bradford as a franchise quarterback?

Seattle 2011 record:7-9
*2011 finish: *3rd place NFC West – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 9/7/2008 – lost at Buffalo 34-10
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Stat worth noting – *eattle's defense allowed less than 20 points per game in 2011 (19.6), good for seventh best in the NFL.  
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2012 storyline – **Bttle of the feature backs, Fred Jackson vs. Marshawn Lynch.

Tennessee2011 record:9-7
*2011 finish: *2nd place AFC South – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 12/4/2011 – won at Buffalo 23-17
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Stat worth noting – *att Hasselback (82.4) was a higher rated passer in 2011 than Ryan Fitzpatrick (79.1).
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2012 storyline – **Wll Buffalo's two-headed monster (Jackson, Spiller) deliver more big plays than Tennessee's Chris Johnson?

Home and away opponents (AFC East)
Miami2011 record:
6-10
2011 finish: 3rd place AFC East – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 12/18/2011 – won at Buffalo 30-23
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Stat worth noting – *iami had the league's third-best run defense in 2011 (95.6 yards allowed).
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2012 storyline – *Wat will be the Dolphins answer at quarterback?
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New England 2011 record:13-3
*2011 finish: *1st place AFC East – advanced to AFC Championship game (current)
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Last game vs. Bills – 1/1/2012 – won vs. Buffalo 49-21
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Stat worth noting – *n their last 10 meetings with the Bills, New England has averaged 32.1 points per game.
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2012 storyline – **Cn Buffalo go from season split to season sweep?

New York Jets2011 record:8-8
*2011 finish: *2nd place AFC East – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 11/27/2011 – won vs. Buffalo 28-24
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Stat worth noting – *he Jets have logged eight interceptions in their last six games vs. Buffalo.
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2012 storyline – **Cn Buffalo end the five-game losing streak vs. New York?

Away opponents
Arizona 2011 record:
8-8
*2011 finish: *2nd place NFC West – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 10/5/2008 – won vs. Buffalo 41-17
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Stat worth noting – *he Cardinals were the best in the league in third down defense last season (31.4%)
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2012 storyline – **Ran Fitzpatrick makes his first pro start in home state.

Cleveland2011 record:4-12
*2011 finish: *Last place AFC North – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 12/10/2010 – lost at Buffalo 13-6
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Stat worth noting – *he Browns were 28th in rushing and 30th in run defense.
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2012 storyline – **Wll Cleveland have a new toy at quarterback?

Houston 2011 record:10-6
*2011 finish: *AFC South Champs – lost in Divisional playoff at Baltimore
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Last game vs. Bills – 11/1/2009 – won at Buffalo 31-10
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Stat worth noting – *ouston's defense ranked 2nd in the league in 2011 and stood 3rd against the pass, fourth against the run and fourth in points allowed.
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2012 storyline – **Bffalo's O-line vs. Houston's pass rush

Indianapolis2011 record:2-14
2011 finish: Last place AFC South – no playoffs
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Last game vs. Bills – 1/3/2010 – lost at Buffalo 30-7
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Stat worth noting – *he Colts had the second-fewest takeaways in the AFC last season (17).
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2012 storyline – *Wll it be Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck at the controls for the Colts' offense? *San Francisco 2011 record: *
13-3
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2011 finish: *NFCWest Champs – advanced to NFC Championship game (current)
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Last game vs. Bills – *11/3/2008 – won at Buffalo 10-3
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Stat worth noting – *The 4ers were the number one run defense in football in 2011.
2012 storyline – *
Ca the Bills offense put up points against one of the best defenses in the NFC?

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