The long-awaited release of the Buffalo Bills‘ 2014 schedule has finally come to pass. Below, you can see the club’s entire slate for this coming season, including the annual home and away contests with all three AFC East rivals, a tour of the AFC West and NFC North and matchups with the fourth-place squads of the AFC North and AFC South from 2013.
Week 1: at Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
Week 2: vs. Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
Week 3: vs. San Diego Chargers 1 p.m.
Week 4: at Houston Texans 1 p.m.
Week 5: at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
Week 6: vs. New England Patriots 1 p.m.
Week 7: vs. Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
Week 8: at New York Jets 1 p.m.
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
Week 11: at Miami Dolphins 8:25 p.m. (Thursday Night Football)
Week 12: vs. New York Jets 1 p.m.
Week 13: vs. Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
Week 14: at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
Week 16: at Oakland Raiders 4:25 p.m.
Week 17: at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
The Bills haven’t qualified for the playoffs this millennium. If they have any hope of ending the drought in 2014, they will have to survive a daunting December slate.
During the final four weeks of the season, the Bills travel to Denver to face the reigning AFC champions, return home to play the Super-Bowl caliber Packers (when Aaron Rodgers is healthy), travel across the country to play the Raiders (certainly winnable, but still a difficult trip) and finish the year in Foxborough against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Needless to say, the Bills should aim to provide themselves with a sizable cushion before said gauntlet ensues. If not, the playoff drought will likely continue.
Cody Strahm is an NFL author for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter.