Posted November 14, 2013

Bills contact NFL about unfair scheduling

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EJ Manuel missed ? games with a sprained LCL. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel still is out with a sprained LCL in his knee.  (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills contacted the NFL to complain about their schedule this season, which has the team playing six opponents that have had extra time to prepare after coming off a bye week or a Thursday Night Football game.

Those six such games lead the league. The Atlanta Falcons have had four games with that criteria. The Bills are 1-3 this season in those games.

Bills president and CEO Russ Brandon said the advantage helps their opponents. The Bills are 3-7 this season heading into this week’s AFC East game against the New York Jets, who did not play last week.

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“We certainly have talked to the league about this because it’s been disappointing where teams are coming off a bye or a long week,” said Brandon to radio station WGR. ”This (Sunday) is the second time we’re playing the Jets coming off a Thursday night game and now we’re playing them coming off a bye. We lead the league in amount of games coming off of extra time or a bye week. It is a very, very tough job what they have in scheduling with all the different things that go into the formula and the stadium commitments and TV schedules, but it’s certainly something that needs to be addressed.”

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14 comments
SpartanTarget
SpartanTarget

Ah. I figured the Bills were complaining that the NFL gave them too hard a schedule by matching them up against 16 professional football teams.

RearViewMirror3
RearViewMirror3

The teams see the schedules last year, well before they are finalized, and are able to make suggestions for changes. The Bills are stupid trailer-trash who couldn't figure it out until now.

DavidMason
DavidMason

First things first - they need to sign Jonathan Martin before some other team snatches him up. They could give Miami four or five first round draft picks, they must be sitting on a hell of a PILE of 'em by now. Then, they could all go on Dr. Phil and talk about their feelings. Let's face it, if you wanna win a Super Bowl, you gotta think outside the box, gents!

Slatlantican
Slatlantican

And it took the Bills' front office how many months to figure this out?

jimmercik
jimmercik

This is a legitimate complaint.  Regarding "what to do about it...." The answer is "Don't do that, league schedulers!!!  This is a huge advantage ... almost 40% of regular season games lining up against teams that had two weeks to recuperate plus two weeks to watch films. I am a Pats fan, so maybe I should be glad to have a divisional opponent  at a disadvantage, but  that's just bad scheduling.

Octavio
Octavio

I'm more interested in the solution.  What do they want the league to do?  Spot 'em some points?  Make the other team run laps before the game? 

Robert27
Robert27

It's not like these opponents needed the extra time in order to beat the Buffalo Bills, right? But their point is valid.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Obviously it's rigged to help certain teams. Take a look at the packers schedule year after year, they get all the breaks.

Delegator
Delegator

@RearViewMirror3 What makes you think that teams can request changes after the schedule is set? They are allowed to request that certain dates be blocked out, and there are plenty of variables to consider (as noted here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1606598-how-is-the-nfl-schedule-created) but nowhere is there any indication that a team can request a change after the NFL puts out the schedule. That would be a nightmare of cascading cause and effect scenarios. Do you have any basis for making that claim, or are you just stupid trailer trash throwing around insults for no reason?

btsambirsky
btsambirsky

@Octavio How about making the teams on bye play each other when they come off bye.  That way it is fair to both and they have the same amount of time to prepare or whatever they do on bye week.