The Buffalo Bills' schedule is set up for a fast finish. If they start out 5-4, they're playoff-bound. Even if they start 4-5, ?they're in decent shape to make the postseason. Here's a look at the challenges ahead for the Bills the next four months:
Sept. 9, at N.Y. Jets. Bills defense had better show up, because Jets defense has been in top five three straight years. Can Tebow spring some surprises?
Sept. 16, Kansas City. Bills meet Chiefs for fifth straight year. K.C. was decimated by injuries last year and won't be pushover. Gotta win home opener.
Sept. 23, at Cleveland. Dick Jauron leads a Browns "D" that ranked 10th last season. But Browns "O" has ranked in bottom 10 in 12 of last 13 years. Mark down a "W."
Sept. 30, New England. Darth Hoodie will have Pats revved up to avenge last year's Bills win. Is two wins over Pats in nine-year span too much to ask? Maybe.
Oct. 7, at San Francisco. Niners are smash-mouth team with No. 1-ranked run defense. Bills' first visit to Candlestick Park since 2004 looks like an "L."
Oct. 14, at Arizona. Cards are ordinary team with ordinary ?QB (John Skelton) and an All-World WR (Larry Fitzgerald). A good ?test of Bills' travel toughness.
Oct. 21, Tennessee. Titans had third easiest schedule in league in '11 and went 9-7. New QB Jake Locker takes over. He's not the answer. Bills need this win.
Nov. 4, at Houston. Mario Williams returns to Houston. Wade ?Phillips has studs all over Texans defense. Matt Schaub leads loaded offense. Tough.
Nov. 11, at New England. Pats primed after a bye week and have beaten Bills 11 straight in Razor. Gronk will hit 10-TD mark. Darn near impossible.
Nov. 15, vs. Miami. ?It's the first Thursday night game at The Ralph since 1982. Fish should be reeling by this point and must travel ?on short week.
Nov. 25, at Indianapolis. Andrew Luck is the Real Thing, and Colts could be 4-6 here. Time for a workmanlike Bills win in first visit to Indy since '06.
Dec. 2, Jacksonville. Mike Mularkey returns to The Ralph. Jags defense was No. 6 last year. But if Mike can make Blaine Gabbert a winner, he's a miracle worker.
Dec. 9, St. Louis. ?STL will not be an easy out for anyone with ?Jeff Fisher as coach. But dome team is making first visit to Ralph since '04. Let it snow.
Dec. 16, Seattle (in Toronto). If there's a game that could be much tougher than expected, this is it. 'Hawks "D" was No. 9 last year. Get excited, Canada.
Dec. 23, at Miami: You think fair-weather South Floridians will show up for this, two days before Christmas? Hah! Bills win glorified home game.