After Losing Many Key Pieces, Bills Will Also Face Uphill Battle With One of PFN’s Hardest Strength of Schedules

The 2024 Buffalo Bills are going to look a bit different than we are used to seeing and will do so while facing a daunting schedule.

Over the last few years, the Buffalo Bills have been viewed as one of the teams to beat in the AFC. But with a lot of changes happening this offseason and a truly tough test of a schedule, is it fair to expect a drop-off for the Bills in 2024?

Bills Have the Second Hardest Schedule in 2024

According to Pro Football Network’s 2024 NFL strength of schedule rankings, the Bills have the second-hardest slate in the NFL this season.

Buffalo’s home slate includes matchups against the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and New York Jets.

As tough as that home docket looks, the Bills find no real relief in their away schedule, either. Their road slate starts against the Dolphins, followed by the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, and Detroit Lions, before ending the season in New England against the Patriots.

One saving grace may be the Bills owning a Week 12 bye week, giving them a chance to catch their breath and refresh for a late-season run they may need for a playoff push.

However, with a very challenging schedule and the departure of several long-time key veterans, perhaps Josh Allen will be under more pressure to deliver than ever before.

The Bills parted ways with a number of core players this offseason. Most notably, CB Tre’Davious White, S Jordan Poyer, and C Mitch Morse were released, S Micah Hyde wasn’t retained, and WR Gabe Davis and CB Dane Jackson each left in free agency.

But the biggest move of all was trading star WR Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans.

In Buffalo, Diggs was a two-time All-Pro, and in four seasons, he recorded a combined 445 receptions, 5,372 yards, and 37 touchdowns. That’s a lot of production to replace in addition to no longer having your No. 2 wide receiver in Davis.

In the case of Diggs, it’s a bit more complicated. The two parties needed to go their separate ways. That much was clear. However, replacing a talent like Diggs is far easier said than done.

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The Bills hope they have done that by drafting Keon Coleman, but it’s a tall task to ask the rookie to fill those shoes, especially right out of the gate. That and many other reasons, including a tough schedule, mean it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see the Bills take a step back in 2024.

In the NFL, no one feels bad for you, and you just have to go out there and perform. But when looking at the Bills’ schedule objectively, it’s tough to sit here and not raise your eyebrows a bit at the road that lies ahead.

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