Looking Ahead to the 2013 Buffalo Bills Season: Weeks 5-8

(See last week’s preview of weeks 1-4 here)

2nd Quarter of the Bills Season

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After a favorable stretch of home games to begin the 2013 season, the Bills begin the second quarter of play on the road in Cleveland. The schedule flips in October, with the Bills playing three out of four games on the road. Cincinnati, a 2012 playoff team, is the only team the Bills will host at the Ralph.

To begin October, the Browns will host Buffalo’s only prime time game of the 2013 season. A battle on Lake Erie might not be watched by many outside of the Great Lakes region, but this game could be crucial for both the Bills and the Browns. If Coach Marrone can keep his team at the .500 mark to begin the season, this game could be very exciting for Buffalo fans. A win in Cleveland could propel the Bills back to the Ralph with both momentum and confidence, two things that make a young team very dangerous. However, a loss on the lake could basically do in the Bills for the rest of the season. As always, it will be fun to watch #BillsMafia take over FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Bills return to the Ralph for Week Six to face the Cincinnati Bengals. A playoff team from 2011 and 2012, the Bengals have continued to put together a solid roster. While Andy Dalton cannot be considered an elite quarterback, he is consistent and stable for the Bengals. You can’t argue with two straight playoff appearances and three playoff games in four years. They are a complete team. AJ Green will test the Bill’s secondary. It will be interesting to see if Stephon Gilmore lines up across from Green the entire game. This will be a very difficult game for the Bills, but should be a great barometer on where the team is talent wise.

After two straight games against the AFC North, the Bills travel to Miami for their third divisional game of the season. Miami loaded up this off season, with huge free agent signings. Mike Wallace leads the list of signings, adding a big play threat for Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins will continue to use a running back by committee. The last few trips to Miami have been forgettable for Buffalo. If Coach Marrone wants to change the culture at One Bills Drive, he needs to win divisional games early, and often.

The Bills final game in October will be down in New Orleans against Sean Payton and the Saints. After bounty gate, the Saints look to bounce back as one of the league’s elite teams. The Bills will get a chance to go against Drew Brees, one of the top quarterbacks in the league. The Saints offer a full field attack, but stopping tight end Jimmy Graham might be the toughest task for the Bills down on the Bayou. For a team with question marks in the secondary, this looks to be one of the toughest games of the season for the Bills.

The second quarter of the season will be a difficult stretch for the Buffalo Bills. It will be interesting to see if the team begins to come together, or if multiple road games will take a toll and send the season south. Either way, this section of the Bills schedule will show us exactly where the Bills are versus some of the best talent in the NFL. Hopefully, they will be able to compete.

About Jason Mack

Jason is a full time Electrical estimator / project manager living in Lakeview, NY. He is an alumnus of the University at Buffalo, the University of San Diego, and Hutchinson Central Technical High School in Buffalo, As a lifelong Bills fan, Jason is proud to be a member of the #BillsMafia Family.