1. NFL Network makes this 'wins total' prediction for Buffalo in 2021
NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund released her win total projections for every team in the NFL. For the Bills, she projected that the team would have 11.1 wins which is second only to the Chiefs (11.9 wins) in the AFC. With double-digit wins in 2021, the Bills will have had three-straight double-digit win seasons for only the second time in franchise history and for the first time since the 1990-1993 seasons.
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AFC East champions
The Bills' Week 5 meeting with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs and their Week 14 matchup with Tom Brady and the Bucs are both going to be really exciting, very probable playoff previews. (These games could also be a sneak peek of that other thing, which I won't jinx by naming; let's just say it features one playoff team from each conference.)
2. Allen vs. Brady tops Bleacher Report's list of best QB matchups
After a 2020 season that was filled with career-highs for Josh Allen, more eyes will be on him to see how he continues to develop and mature as a rising NFL quarterback in year four. Bleacher Report ranked the best quarterback matchups of the 2021 season and number one on their list was Josh Allen vs. Tom Brady. Allen is 0-3 against Brady in his career and will have at least one chance this season to try to achieve that victory when the Bills play the Buccaneers on Sunday, Dec. 12.
#1. Josh Allen vs. Tom Brady (Week 14)
The Buffalo Bills are coming off their most successful season since the Jim Kelly heyday of the early 1990s. They finished the regular season 13-3 and were only one win short of a Super Bowl appearance.
Given last year's success, an MVP-caliber quarterback in Josh Allen and a generally well-received offseason, the Bills head into camp as the distinct favorites in the AFC East. Among AFC teams, only the Kansas City Chiefs have better odds to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings.
And with one of the 10 easiest schedules in the league in 2021 in terms of opponents' winning percentage, the Bills would appear to have a relatively clear path to a fourth playoff trip in the past five years. That isn't to say there aren't potential obstacles, though. On Sunday Night Football in Week 5, the Bills will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs team that ended their 2020 campaign. In addition to that and a Thanksgiving trip to New Orleans, there are home dates with the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, a trip to Tennessee and two games against a Miami Dolphins club that was 10-6 last season.
But the biggest test of all for Allen and the Bills comes in Week 14, with a potential Super Bowl preview in Tampa against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. By that late juncture in the season, playoff chases will be in full swing and every game will be that much more important. Allen will be tasked with showing he and the Bills are capable of winning it all against a quarterback who has done so seven times.
The Bills won't have the advantage of December weather in Buffalo, either.
The 2021 season schedule is here! Scroll through to see when our games will be.
3. Adam Schein picked this game off the Bills schedule as one of his favorite primetime matchups
The Bills 2021 schedule has been released and the team currently has four primetime games scheduled for the upcoming season. NFL.com contributing columnist Adam Schein went through the schedule and chose his top nine primetime games for the 2021 season. Number two on his list was the AFC Championship Game matchup from a year ago.
2) Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
A nice AFC title game rematch in October? Yes, please!
Heading into the 2021 season, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen could be the top two candidates for league MVP. They are must-watch players on their own. Going against each other? Dreamy! Furthermore, think about all of the incredible pass-catching talent in this game. Stefon Diggs just led the NFL in catches (127) and receiving yards (1,535) during his first season in Buffalo, while Cole Beasley fell just short of his first 1,000-yard season and Gabriel Davis scored seven touchdowns as a rookie. And then there's Kansas City, which boasts the most explosive wideout (Tyreek Hill) and tight end (Travis Kelce) in football.
The Bills know they can play better than they did this past January on Championship Sunday. It's an early-season revenge game. And if Buffalo can knock off Kansas City -- in Arrowhead Stadium -- watch out!