Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/20/12
Week 1: @ NY Jets What better way to kick off the season than to face a division rival. Especially a division rival that now has the immaculate Tim Tebow. It will be very interesting to see just how the Jets plan to utilize Tebow against Buffalo's new 4-3 defense. I have a feeling that Buffalo's re-vamped defensive line led by Mario Williams will have Tebow and Mark Sanchez scrambling for their lives. As for Buffalo's offense, I am hoping Ryan Fitzpatrick will look like he did in Week 1 of last year against Kansas City. If not, Fred Jackson will have his back and take a load off. No doubt that this game will be a nail-biter right down to the end, with both teams fighting to get a leg up on the division, but I have to go with Buffalo coming away victorious in this season opener. 

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs

Flashing back to last year's season opener, Buffalo embarrassed the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 41-7. It was a great day to be a Bills' fan. This season they will be gracing Ralph Wilson with their bright red presence, and I have a feeling they will be wanting revenge. However, I don't think Buffalo will let that happen. I can see Buffalo getting a clean win but not by more than a touchdown.


Week 3: @ Cleveland Browns

This should be an interesting game. You never know what you are going to get in a Bills-Browns game. Two teams that have been struggling to succeed in the league for quite some time. They also seem to struggle to score points against each other. I see a low scoring game with lots of field goal attempts. In the end, Rian Lindell will have the upper hand and boot a game winner.


Week 4: New England Patriots

This is always a scary but exciting game to anticipate. At least the pressure of breaking their winning streak over Buffalo ended last season which I think is pretty huge; but let's not stop there. Buffalo will keep their momentum going and once again send Tom Brady and Co. home wondering what happened. Another game where Brady will fall victim to the wrath of the Buffalo secondary. The pressure Buffalo will be putting on the quarterback will also be huge, forcing picks and sacks all over the place. Chalk it up a win for the Bills.


Week 5: @ San Francisco 49ers

Trouble is brewing out west, and it all starts with San Francisco. A team that very well could/should have made it all the way last season. With an impeccable defense, and blossoming offense, the 49ers are going to be the team to beat once again in the NFC. With Buffalo flying across the country for this one, it's hard to think they will prevail in this match-up. I can see Fitzpatrick throwing a few picks and getting sacked around four or five times. Once again a heavy defensive game, but Buffalo will get their first loss of the season in San Francisco.


Week 6: @ Arizona Cardinals

Back to back away games on the west side are never a walk in the park. Arizona isn't the toughest team out there, but still a team to be reckoned with. Buffalo is going to have a rough time in this game. Larry Fitzgerald will have a mammoth game, as will special teams weapon Patrick Peterson. I can see lead changes going back and forth, but in the end I think Buffalo will be going home licking their wounds after this one.


Week 7: Tennessee Titans

Ever since the Music City Miracle, Buffalo seems to struggle in defeating Tennessee when they meet, but not this year. The Bills' will be able to shut down Chris Johnson far better than previous years, with their new and improved defense, that is still to improve(hopefully) after the draft. Not to mention they will be returning home after two losing weeks on the road, and they will be looking for blood. I don't see a blow out, but definitely a healthy win going into the bye week.


Week 8: BYE

Week 9: @ Houston Texans

Certainly a tough game to get back into after a bye week. Houston is a team with growing potential, and likely to be a playoff contender again this year. It will definitely be an exciting game with Williams playing the team that let him go. I can imagine Williams will be playing with even more ferocity than usual, just to show the Texans' what they lost, and I can't wait. However, with the jaw-dropping talent of guys like Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, I can see Houston stealing this one from Buffalo.

Week 10: @ New England Patriots

Ah the first rematch. As much as I would love to see Buffalo take down the Patriots both games this season, I can't see it in the cards. The Patriots are always tough at home. Well, really they are tough anywhere they play, but especially at home. This game is going to be all Brady. His numbers will heavily outweigh Fitzpatrick's in this one. This game could get ugly.


Week 11: Miami Dolphins

Speaking of ugly, the last two times these teams met, Miami swept the floor with Buffalo. They put the Bills' most prized possession Jackson out for the season, and ran circles around their defense; not this time. Buffalo will come down hard on Miami, and it will all be seen prime time on Thursday night. It is nice to see Buffalo will be playing a night game, especially against a division rival. They will leave Miami wondering what went wrong. I am seeing a victory by at least two scores.


Week 12: @ Indianapolis Colts

I think this will be a very exciting game. Another game that will come down to the wire, and every call will make the difference. Both Andrew Luck and Fitzpatrick will have stellar performances. A very high scoring game, with touchdowns from Stevie Johnson and veteran Reggie Wayne.  I think Indy's downfall will be their defense in this one. Buffalo will get lucky on the mistakes of theirs.


Week 13: Jacksonville Jaguars

Got to go with a Buffalo win in this game. Jacksonville is a team that needs a significant amount of help. They have a solid running game with Maurice Jones-Drew but besides that they really lack. Buffalo will really expose their defense, especially their old friend linebacker Paul Pozluzny. I see Jackson running all over them, having a record setting day. The Bills' will come away with a more than solid win in this match-up.


Week 14: St. Louis Rams

St. Louis will do better than last year, but not good enough to beat Buffalo. The only worry I have in this game is running back Steven Jackson. Like Jacksonville, they have a pretty weak defense and quarterback game. I can see the Bills' strong defense really rocking Sam Bradford in this one. Buffalo will dig into their weaknesses and move on with a four-game win streak under their belts.


Week 15: Seattle Seahawks

This match-up worries me just a bit. Seattle is a team that is on the rise. Especially with the addition of quarterback Matt Flynn, and the ex-Bill Marshawn Lynch, they might have quite the recipe for success. Not to mention their defense is very impressive. Buffalo is going to see a loss in this match-up.


Week 16: @ Miami Dolphins

Buffalo is going to sweep the Dolphins this year. I am going to call it right now. The tides will turn from last year. The Bills' will fly down south and squish the fish for all the Miami fans to witness. This will seal Buffalo's fate in the playoffs. The Bills will see the light of the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years with this victory.

Week 17: NY Jets

Jets are never an easy team to beat twice; and it isn't going to happen this year either. Buffalo will end the regular season with a loss at home. It's alright though, since Buffalo will be making the playoffs and Tebow and his Jets(sorry Sanchez) will be watching from their television sets yet again.


There you have it. The Buffalo Bills will end up 10-6 and make the cut for the Wild Card spot in the post-season. Bold predictions, I know.

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