An initial look at the Buffalo Bills’ 2017 game schedule reminds me of something my father always told me growing up: there is no such thing as a “gimme” game in the NFL. Each match will be a contest. If the Bills want to be taken seriously, a big victory in Atlanta’s new stadium would go a long way towards proving they’re ready to compete.
As much as I’d like to just put a “W” next to the Bills’ home opener against the New York Jets, it’s just a great reminder that no games can be taken for granted. With that being said, I fully expect that the Bills will have a 1-0 record after one week. Our glance at the schedule in April tells a familiar story in Bills’ land, one that has Buffalo in prime playoff position at 8-6, only to drop consecutive road games to the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins to finish the season at 8-8. We also share the prediction that the Bills will lose on the road to the Falcons in the first week of October, which I’m sure is a fairly common (if not universal) prediction.
That game against Atlanta is one that will give the Bills a tremendous opportunity to prove that they aren’t just the same old Bills. The optimist in me says that the Bills could very well be 3-0 heading to Atlanta. Defeating the Jets in week one, following that up with a road victory against head coach Sean McDermott’s former team in the Carolina Panthers, and then holding serve at home against a tough Denver Broncos team would be difficult task for any squad, but if the Bills can do it, they’ll have a date with the Falcons and a chance to prove that they are contenders, not pretenders.
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