The Buffalo Bills made the bold move to switch from E.J. Manuel to Kyle Orton in 2014 and almost made the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. It still didn’t work out, however, and with Orton signing off into retirement, the Bills appear to be back at square one under center. The good news is new head coach Rex Ryan is on a mission to solve the quarterback issue, while he’s already made his mark with other roster moves. The trade for running back LeSean McCoy offers a massive boost for the offense, Matt Cassel brings competition to the quarterback room and Ryan’s presence could make an already stout defense potentially the best in the league.
All of that is fun to think about, but no one is going to buy any of it until the Bills can consistently beat the New England Patriots and ultimately steal an AFC East crown. Buffalo will see one of its biggest battles when the Patriots visit in Week 2, and will also see some of the highest prices for Bills tickets on the secondary market. The get-in price for Bills vs Patriots tickets is $68.
As impactful as beating the Patriots right away would be, Buffalo has more than Tom Brady to worry about in 2015. They kick off the season with another tough game against Andrew Luck and the Colts, while they also head down to South Beach to take on the Dolphins in Week 3. That gives Buffalo three tough games in a row to start 2015, and that’s not even counting games against the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals over the next four weeks. Luckily the Bills also get dates with the Titans and Jaguars (both on the road), before resting up during their Week 8 bye. It only gets more difficult from that point on, however, as Buffalo is hit hard with three AFC battles in a row and then tries to tackle the Chiefs in a rough road contest at Arrowhead Stadium.
Buffalo’s most expensive game will come in Week 16 when they host the Dallas Cowboys. The get-in price for Bills vs Cowboys tickets is $84. The least expensive game will be played against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. The get-in price is just $44.
If Buffalo can make it out of the first 12 weeks in decent shape, they’ll have a telling five weeks left on the schedule that could dictate their future. Of course, as challenging as clashes with the Texans and Eagles will be during the stretch run, nothing comes close to the Week 17 season finale, when Rex Ryan will lead his new crew against his former team, the New York Jets. That epic finale could easily be one for the ages, as Ryan and the Bills could both knock Gang Green from playoff contention, and also potentially secure their own spot in the playoffs.