The Buffalo Bills will visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day according to their website. The game will be televised on CBS. CBS covers the AFC which means that an AFC team must play in the game. The Lions who traditionally host one of the three Thanksgiving games only have two teams from the AFC visiting this year. The Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. If the schedule leak on BuffaloBills.com is true the NFL has seen fit to award the game to the Bills.
The Bills website hosted a list of thirteen things to watch for with their 2014 opponents. This was listed as one of those 13.
Bills first year defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will make his first visit to Ford Field on the opposing sideline after he served as the Lions’ head coach for the previous five years.
Buffalo and Detroit will meet for the 10th time in the regular season in 2014. The Bills have played in eight previous Thanksgiving Day games (4-4) in team history with their last appearance on Turkey Day coming in 1994.
While it’ still possible that the Bills website could be simply stating that they have played in a Thanksgiving game before, it’s likely this is true as the Dolphins played on Thanksgiving in 2011. Last season Miami played on Halloween night. Given the only two options for the Thursday game it’s likely the NFL opted to give Buffalo something they hadn’t had since 1994. Or maybe it’s because the Bills swept the Dolphins last season.
The NFL has not yet released the regular season or pre-season schedules and this is the first “leak” of any known games thus far.