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Bove: Welcome to the Big Leagues, Bills fans

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Posted at 7:35 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 19:35:00-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. [WKBW] — Welcome to the big leagues, Bills fans. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a fan of a team with a loaded schedule, in 2020 you’ll find out, if, of course, the NFL season happens.

On Thursday, the Bills learned they’d be playing under the bright lights four times in 2020. For some perspective, they haven’t had more than three primetime games since the turn of the century. They haven’t had four since 1996. That’s the same year Josh Allen was born.

What makes the schedule even better? It features a game on Sunday Night Football at New Era Field. This will be the first time the Bills have hosted a Sunday night game since 2007 when they were blown out by the New England Patriots. At least, in my opinion, the Sunday night showcase is the most prestigious time slot each week.

So what does this schedule tell us? To me, it boils down to two things. More so than anything, it shows that for the first time in a long time, the Bills are expected to be competitive. It also proves they’re a polarizing team that people want to see. If the Bills weren’t any fun, TV executives wouldn’t want to put them on national television four times.

While it’s certainly fun to do, it’s too early for me to start going through each game and picking a winner with any confidence. I can tell you this — it’s also the toughest compilation of opponents the Bills have had in a long time. If they are going to get back to the playoffs and ultimately compete for a championship, it won't be easy. But it will be fun.

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