5. Bills faithful take on Baltimore
While it’s never much of a surprise to see hordes of Bills fans filling the seats in opposing stadiums, it’s always exciting. This week, the Bills faithful will be out in full force to cheer Buffalo on during the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Ravens. In fact, between three Bills Backers Chapters – the Washington D.C. Bills Backers, Northern Virginia Bills Backers and Charm City Bills Backers – there will be hundreds of Bills fans in the crowd.
"Bills games are a way for people who have left Buffalo to still get that hometown feeling no matter where they are,” explained Jared Sanson, president of the Charm City Bills Backers. “I wanted to gather as many Buffalo people as I could to feel like this is their piece of Buffalo in a different city. I have been out of Buffalo for 13 years and still get excited any time I see someone wearing Buffalo gear. I'm most excited to see and meet new people who are down here trying to enjoy the game the same way I do… Go Bills!!!”
4. Hughes hunting for 100
Jerry Hughes has been a staple on Buffalo’s defense since he came to Western New York in 2013. Hughes, who has certainly made the most of his time in the NFL, is on the verge of hitting a milestone. As he takes the field on Sunday, it’ll mark the 100th consecutive game played by the veteran defensive end – the third longest streak among active defensive ends in the league.
3. The chase for eight
Bills running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy is back on the chase and this time, it’s for points. Needing just eight points to reach 500 on his career, expect to see McCoy doing what he does best – finding the end zone. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Shady has used his elusiveness and shifty footwork to evade defenders, tallying up 77 touchdowns over the last decade.
In anticipation for Buffalo's 2018 season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, here are game photos of the AFC opponents through the years.
2. McDermott goes for two
In a short amount of time, second-year head coach Sean McDermott has had a major impact on the Bills. Not only did McDermott lead the team to a historic playoff berth last season, he became only the third coach in Bills history to reach the playoffs in his first season on the job. This week, he has another unique opportunity in Baltimore. With a victory, McDermott will become the first Bills coach to win his first two kickoff weekend games.
1. Settling the score
Not only will the Bills and Ravens each be looking to come away with a Week 1 “W” tomorrow, both teams will have extra motivation to do so. In 2017, the AFC clubs finished 9-7 in the regular season but because of tiebreaker rules, the Bills earned the conference’s final Wild Card spot. Buckle up Bills fans, things could get interesting this Sunday as the teams look to settle the score.