Bills' schedule shows they are considered a national draw

The Bills have "ascended into the national spotlight," and their schedule for the ’22 season "reflects that," according to Katherine Fitzgerald of the BUFFALO NEWS. The Bills have five primetime games, with two additional games to be determined that "could be flexed into prime time." They also play the Lions on Thanksgiving, marking the third time in four years that the Bills have played on the holiday (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/13). In Rochester, Sal Maiorana notes the Bills also will play in the opening game of the season against the Rams on Thursday, Sept. 8 in what will be Bills LB Von Miller’s return to face his old team. The Bills are considered “one of the Super Bowl favorites on the AFC side, and it just so happened that the Bills and Rams are playing each other this season due to the 17-game schedule which debuted last year” (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 5/13). THE ATHLETIC's Tim Graham writes the days of "automatically assuming the Bills are playing 1 p.m. Sunday won't be back for a long, long time." The Bills are "among the NFL's marquee clubs," and there is "no better proof" than the five primetime appearances on the schedule (, 5/13).

ALLEN'S RISING PROFILE: In L.A., Sam Farmer writes if Bills QB Josh Allen "isn’t the next Face of the NFL," he at least is "in the discussion." The Bills are playing in the Kickoff Game "for the first time," and they are "back in your living rooms on Thanksgiving Day." A lot of that is "because of Allen’s budding superstardom." The Bills also are playing in "one of the first ABC/ESPN side-by-side games" (L.A. TIMES, 5/13).

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