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Bills Schedule Lines Up with Easy Games, Gets Tougher Later On

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to build upon a 2011 season where the team finished 6-10 overall.  Without looking into the record one would think that it was just another poor season for the Buffalo Bills in 2011, but the team actually played very well for a good part of the season.  The Bills won five out of their first seven games to begin the 2011 season and looked to be on the verge of finally ending their playoff drought by making it in that year.  The offense was clicking with Ryan Fitzpatrick proving that he can be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL today, along with a stout defense that was getting turnovers left and right for the team last year.

However, for some reason or another, the Bills just completely fell apart after posting the record of 5-2.  It couldn’t have been due to a difficult schedule, as the Bills had beaten the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles en route to their great record to begin the season.  One of the rumors is that Ryan Fitzpatrick was supposedly playing the season severely injured after getting a bad hit in the week eight game against the Redskins, but this has been neither confirmed nor denied.  The only real explanation that can be made is that the Buffalo Bills just started losing and couldn’t get out of the slump they were in, as both the offense and the defense struggled for the rest of the season.

Amazingly enough, head coach Chan Gailey was able to keep his job through all of this and will look to lead the team to another great start in 2012.  That did not mean, though, that no coaches were left untouched from what happened in 2011, as the defensive coordinator was fired and former head coach Dave Wannstedt was hired to fill the position. 

The team also decided to make improving their defense a priority in the off-season, and made one of the biggest splashes in franchise history with the signing of defensive end Mario Williams to a contact that was reportedly worth $100 million over six years.  Combined with strong draft picks in 2012, with players such as Stephon Gilmore and one can clearly see that the Bills mean business in 2012.

When it comes to the teams schedule in 2012, the Bills start off their first three games with a relatively light schedule, facing off against the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns.  The Jets game will certainly be the most interesting one to watch as the season kicks off, given that the Jets have decided to run a new form of offense with the likes of Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez at quarterback.  Both the Chiefs and Browns are rebuilding at this time, so the Bills should be able to get off to a good start like in 2011.

The most difficult stretch of games for the Buffalo Bills in 2012 will be weeks 9 and 10, where the team will face off against stiff opponents in the Houston Texans and New England Patriots back-to-back.  The team will have a bye in week 8 though, so that should help them to prepare in these difficult match-ups.

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