Buffalo Bills' schedule includes first Thanksgiving game since 1994

Josh Allen and the Bills face a stretch of five road trips over seven weeks in November and December. Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released its 2019 regular-season schedule. Here's a look at what's in store for the Buffalo Bills.

Game-by-game prediction

Bills reporter Mike Rodak is predicting a 7-9 finish:

Sept. 9: at N.Y. Jets, Loss

Sept. 15: at N.Y. Giants, Win

Sept. 22: vs. Bengals, Win

Sept. 29: vs. Patriots, Loss

Oct. 6: at Titans, Loss

Oct. 20: vs. Dolphins, Win

Oct. 27: vs. Eagles, Loss

Nov. 3: vs. Redskins, Win

Nov. 10: at Browns, Loss

Nov. 17: at Dolphins, Win

Nov. 24: vs. Broncos, Win

Nov. 28: at Cowboys, Loss

Dec. 8: vs. Ravens, Loss

Dec. 15: at Steelers, Loss

Dec. 21 or 22: at Patriots, Loss

Dec. 29: vs. Jets, Win

Strength of schedule: 24th, .480


The Bills will open the 2019 season with two games in the same stadium -- just not their own. Before playing a regular-season down in New Era Field, Buffalo will travel twice to MetLife Stadium for games against the Jets and Giants. Their ensuing stretch could be the key to their playoff hopes. Between Weeks 3 through 9, the Bills will travel only once, making a trip to Tennessee in Week 5. Otherwise, they will play five times at home and also have a bye in Week 6. They will pay for it on the back end of their schedule, with a stretch of five road trips over seven weeks in November and December.

First Thanksgiving tilt since 1994

Time to trade in your turkey legs for chicken wings. For the first time since 1994, the Bills will play on Thanksgiving, facing the Dallas Cowboys in a 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS. It will be Buffalo's second-ever trip to AT&T Stadium and only the teams' sixth meeting since Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994. The last time Buffalo played on Thanksgiving, the Marv Levy-coached Bills lost 35-21 to the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Barry Sanders both scored touchdowns.

No prime-time games

Aside from their national television appearance in the early evening on Thanksgiving, the Bills are not scheduled to play in prime time at all during 2019. Depending on the yet-to-be-announced kickoff of a Week 16 trip to New England, the Bills could have as many as 15 games at 1 p.m. ET, matching their total from the 2018 season. That means the Bills are not scheduled to appear on "Sunday Night Football" again in 2019, extending the NFL's longest drought on the telecast. It is still possible that a game involving the Bills could be flexed, after Week 5, into the Sunday night time slot. The last time the Bills appeared on NBC's prime-time game was in 2007, when Randy Moss scored four first-half touchdowns in a 56-10 win by the New England Patriots.