Bills schedule 2023: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction
Bills schedule 2023: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction
Bills schedule 2023: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

It was another season that ended in playoff heartbreak for the Bills.

Buffalo has been a perennial Super Bowl contender for the past four seasons with Josh Allen at the helm, but since reaching the AFC championship in 2020, it has yet to return, losing to the Chiefs in the 2021 divisional round and the Bengals this past postseason.

But with the posting of the new schedule comes renewed hope that the Bills will claim the franchise's first Super Bowl, and there's certainly every reason to believe they can do it in 2023.

Despite a challenging schedule in 2023, the Bills remain one of the best teams in the NFL. Buffalo upgraded its offensive line by signing Connor McGovern and drafting O'Cyrus Torrence, while giving Allen another weapon in the passing game by drafting tight end Dalton Kincaid in the first round. The Bills lost Devin Singletary, but replaced him with Damien Harris and Latavius Murray.

The Bills also lost linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in free agency, but they brought back Jordan Poyer and signed Taylor Rapp to improve the secondary. Between a defense that still features plenty of standout talent and an offense bolstered by one of the best quarterback-receiver pairings in Allen and Stefon Diggs, the Bills are as balanced as any team in the league.

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Here is a complete breakdown of the Bills' 2023 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for their slate of games.

Buffalo Bills schedule 2023

Buffalo's full 2023 NFL schedule with dates, times and TV networks is listed below. The Bills will face the following teams in 2023.

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV channel
1 Sept. 11 at Jets (Monday Night Football) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
2 Sept. 17 vs. Raiders 1 p.m. ET CBS
3 Sept. 24 at Commanders 1 p.m. ET CBS
4 Oct. 1 vs. Dolphins 1 p.m. ET CBS
5 Oct. 8 vs. Jaguars (London) 9:30 a.m. ET NFL Network
6 Oct. 15 vs. Giants (Sunday Night Football) 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
7 Oct. 22 at Patriots 1 p.m. ET CBS
8 Oct. 26 vs. Buccaneers (Thursday Night Football) 8:15 p.m. ET Amazon
9 Nov. 5 at Bengals (Sunday Night Football) 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
10 Nov. 13 vs. Broncos (Monday Night Football) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
11 Nov. 19 vs. Jets 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
12 Nov. 26 at Eagles 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
13 BYE
14 Dec. 10 at Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
15 Dec. 17 vs. Cowboys 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
16 Dec. 23 at Chargers 8 p.m. ET Peacock
17 Dec. 31 vs. Patriots 1 p.m. ET CBS
18 Jan. 6-7 at Dolphins TBD TBD

Bills strength of schedule

Heading into 2022, the Bills appeared to have a challenging schedule. They were set to face both Super Bowl participants from the previous title game on the road, along with hitting the road to face the Chiefs and Ravens. They were also set to host the Packers and Titans, the two teams that each finished with the top record in their respective conferences.

But by the end of the year, many of the teams dominant in 2021 had fizzled out, and the Bills ran through each of them. The Rams, Packers and Titans all missed the playoffs, and the rest of the schedule wasn't too difficult. Buffalo's 2022 opponents finished with a combined .489 winning percentage.

This year, the road looks far more difficult. On top of being in what is expected to be one of the deepest divisions in the sport, the Bills also face all the NFC East teams — three of which made the playoffs a season ago — and they face the top two AFC contenders in the Bengals and Chiefs. The combined 2022 winning percentage for the 2023 Bills' opponents is .542, with Sharp Football grading Buffalo as having the second-most difficult schedule in the NFL behind the Patriots, based on betting over/unders.

Toughest tests: The Bills lost just two games on the road last year. If they repeat that feat in 2023, it would likely signal that they are the best team in the NFL. Buffalo faces a brutal road gauntlet, heading out to face the Eagles, Chiefs, Bengals and Chargers on the road, and that's in addition to its three divisional opponents who all figure to be difficult environments.

The home slate has its challenges as well. Buffalo will host the Cowboys, Giants and Jaguars, all of whom reached the playoffs in 2022, and figure to be in the mix again for postseason play in 2023. 

Biggest breaks: Tom Brady has been a boogeyman for the Bills for some time, but with him officially (most likely) retired, the Buccaneers coming to Buffalo seem a lot less intimidating. And while the Chiefs and Chargers make for intimidating road tests, the Raiders and Broncos certainly appear to be very winnable home battles.

Facing the NFC East is a difficult draw, but if there was any team that would be easier to face on the road, it would be the Commanders. Washington is in rebuild mode, and certainly appears to be by far Buffalo's most winnable road game.

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Bottom line: The Bills' 2022 schedule is proof that evaluating the difficulty of an NFL schedule before the season begins can be a fool's errand because of the volatility of the league. But there were plenty of people that expected regression from teams like the Rams and Packers. There aren't many who believe any of the Eagles, Chiefs or Bengals will be taking much of a step back in 2023.

The AFC East is all the more difficult because Rodgers has joined the Jets, but none of the teams in this division have an easy road. All four teams are in the top eight most difficult schedules, per Sharp Football, which means the division winner could well be a team that just cracks double-digit wins.

Just because a schedule looks challenging, doesn't mean the team is going to falter with the pressure. The Bills are a legit Super Bowl contender and are still the favorites to win the AFC East. Buffalo is going to face some serious challenges on the road, but even going 1-2 against the Eagles, Chiefs and Bengals should be enough to keep it ahead of the rest of the division, particularly with an easier home schedule.

Record prediction: 12-5

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