Facing the NFC South and AFC South could very well prove to be a daunting challenge for the Bills in 2009, but the way the fall slate lays out it doesn’t look nearly as intimidating as it could have been.
Sure the Week 1 Monday Night matchup on the road with the Pats might look like a rough start, but with no game tape of Buffalo’s offense with the addition of Owens, game planning won’t be as easy for Belichick and Brady just might be a bit rusty.
Week 2 and Week 3 offer opportunities for the Bills to get healthy record-wise against a pair of teams that are going through coaching changes. Granted Raheem Morris was on the staff, but with a new quarterback and new leadership, it’s unlikely the Bucs will have their ducks in a row by Week 2, which should translate into a win for the Bills.
Week 3 offers a bigger challenge to Buffalo’s defense with Drew Brees and Reggie Bush coming to the Ralph, but their defense is one in transition with former Bills head coach Gregg Williams their new defensive coordinator. Again three weeks into a season a new scheme is rarely humming.
I’m not keen on the Bills playing their first three division games all on the road in Weeks 1, 4 and 6. They’ve also got a short week in Weeks 12 and 13 where they go from a home date against Miami to a “home” primetime date against the Jets in Toronto on a Thursday night (Dec. 3).
Back to back road weeks against Tennessee and Jacksonville in Weeks 10 and 11 won’t be easy either.
The last three weeks will be tough home versus New England, at Atlanta and home versus Indy to close out the regular season. If the Bills need those games to qualify for the playoffs it’ll be a tough row to hoe.
But hey we all knew going in that the Bills were going to have one of the tougher schedules. No one in the NFC South finished below .500 last season and the AFC South offers high scoring (Colts, Texans [yes the Texans]), and tough physical bruising football (Tennessee, Jacksonville).
That’s why the Bucs, Chiefs, Texans, Browns games are ‘must’ victories. Those are four teams the Bills should beat. If they go 4-0 in those contests and can hang with some of their more competitive opponents on the docket they should be in the hunt.
Tags: 2009 NFL Schedule
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