NFL schedule release: Buffalo Bills receive at least 3 prime-time games (Schedule predictions for 2020)
Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace intercepts a pass during an NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 15, 2019, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
Even in a pandemic, the NFL is a year-round sport.
This week the NFL plans to release its schedule for the 2020 season. It’s been announced that the release will come no later than Saturday, May 9.
Considering that news could be unveiled as soon as today, it’s time to make some 2020 schedule predictions for the Buffalo Bills and the league as a whole.
1. The Bills receive AT LEAST three prime-time games
Without getting the hopes of the Bills Mafia up too much, multiple prime-time games seem like a certainty for the Bills.
Not only have the Bills made the playoffs two times in the last three seasons, but they were NFL ratings darlings when given the opportunity in 2019.
Buffalo’s Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Dallas Cowboys was CBS’ highest-rated Thanksgiving Day game in 27 years. The Bills backed that up with an impressive rating on Sunday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers. An NFL Network game against the New England Patriots was also network’s most-watched exclusive game in three seasons.
Look for Buffalo to get at least three prime-time matchups in 2019.
The New England Patriots make sense as one matchup as Buffalo has been talked about as the favorite to unseat New England this season in the AFC East. A matchup against the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs is another game to monitor for a prime-time slot.
As for the final matchup, there are plenty of intriguing options. The NFC West is full of strong teams that deserve prime-time matchups, a game against the Las Vegas Raiders would give the league an opportunity to show off the newly built Allegiant Stadium, another AFC East matchup is not out of the question and 2020 rematches against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans could also be big prime-time draws.
2. Bills host Monday Night Football game
The Bills last hosted a Monday Night Football game at New Era Field in 2018 when they were defeated by the Patriots 25-6. In 2020, Buffalo gets a chance to redeem themselves on Monday night. Unfortunately for the Bills Mafia, the game will be held in an empty stadium.
3. No international games (in general)
The Bills potentially could have played in international games this year against the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals. It’s looking like a safe bet that the Bills, and the rest of the league for that matter, will not be playing any international games this season due to COVID-19.
“Tottenham are bracing themselves for another financial blow next week. The release of next season’s NFL fixture list is expected to confirm that they will not be hosting two matches at their new stadium, a setback that will cost them in excess of £4million.
The club has a 10-year agreement to put on two matches a season which began last year, but given the uncertainty surrounding international travel and mass events, hosting games in London this October is not feasible and the NFL are expected to complete their entire season in America.
The NFL’s impending announcement is also a setback for the FA, who were due to hold two games at Wembley and will also lose millions, but is a bigger blow for Tottenham given the amount they invested in a retractable pitch which has only been used once, and the costs of servicing the stadium’s £637m debt.
The NFL season launch was postponed last month, but they have committed to announcing the fixtures by May 9.”
4. Look for interconference games to all be played during the same four weeks
In the event that the NFL eventually needs to shorten its 2020 season, look for the league to make this move possible by scheduling teams to play interconference games over the course of four weeks. That doesn’t mean that the league will make teams play these games in four straight weeks, but look for the league to schedule all interconference games over the same four weeks.
For example, the NFL could schedule interconference games in Weeks 2, 3, 13 and 14 when no teams are scheduled to have byes.