Top 10 things to know about the Bills 2024 schedule – BuffaloBills.com

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3 – Monday Night MetLife redux

It had all the fanfare you could’ve asked for in last year’s season opener. A Week 1 primetime matchup with the division rival New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football, with their new quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

The game fell short of expectations. New York lost their starting QB for the season on the fourth play from scrimmage when Rodgers ruptured his Achilles tendon as he was sacked. And Josh Allen threw four interceptions in what wound up being an overtime loss.

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The league’s schedule makers are convinced the second time around will be far more entertaining, so they scheduled it again in 2024. The only difference is the Monday night matchup will take place in Week 6 on Oct. 14.

4 – Three straight roadies

The aforementioned string of primetime games overlaps with a stretch of three consecutive road outings. From Weeks 4 through 6 the Bills have road dates at Baltimore, at Houston and at the Jets.

Last year, the Bills had three straight home games from Weeks 4 through 6, so the schedule makers flipped it for 2024. Buffalo went 4-4 on the road last season.

5 – Date with Diggs

While casual NFL fans watching the Week 5 matchup between the Bills and Texans will be focused on the quarterback matchup between Josh Allen and C.J. Stroud, Bills Mafia will be squarely focused on hoping former Bills receiver Stefon Diggs does little to nothing in a Houston Texans uniform that Sunday.

The Bills face their former teammate on the road for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 6.

As a Bill, Diggs faced his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, just once during his four-year tenure in Buffalo. It came in Week 10 of the 2022 season, and he had 12 receptions for 128 yards in a 33-30 overtime defeat.

6 – Back-to-back vs. Conference champs

Winning your division, as the Bills have done each of the last four seasons, has its advantages. Obviously, it enables you to clinch a playoff berth and guarantees you’ll host at least one playoff game. It also means you play a first-place schedule the following season.

Buffalo faces seven playoff teams from last season in 2024, including back-to-back games against the defending AFC and NFC champions.

Fortunately, the Bills host both teams. Buffalo welcomes the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to Highmark Stadium in Week 11 for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff. It’s the fifth straight year the Bills have faced the Chiefs in the regular season with Buffalo winning the last three matchups. Kansas City, however, won the last meeting in Orchard Park in 2020 (26-17).

After a bye week, Buffalo then hosts the defending NFC champion, San Francisco 49ers in Week 13 on Sunday Night Football for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff. Buffalo has won its last two meetings with San Francisco, with the last taking place on the road in Arizona, due to Covid-19 restrictions in California during the pandemic in 2020 (34-24).

It’s the second straight season Buffalo faces the defending conference champions back-to-back with a bye in between. Last year, the Bills had a bye week separating their matchups with the Eagles and Chiefs in Weeks 12 and 14, both of which were on the road. Buffalo went 1-1 in those games last season.

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