The NFL is gearing up to make a significant change to the 2021 schedule, adding a 17th game to the usual 16-game slate for each team. There won't be any added bye weeks, meaning players will now be asked to play 17 games in 18 weeks. It's still not official quite yet, but at this point, it would be surprising if it wasn't implemented in 2021.
The NFL had an established formula for creating the schedule each year, so the league had to find a new method to account for the extra 17th game. It's a rather confusing process, which Peter King went into detail on here. But we now have a sense on who each team will be playing in this extra game, though we still don't know when everything will occur.
One of the most exciting matchups on that extra slate comes with a duel between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Football Team.
Bills fans may not exactly love to see this news, as the Josh Allen-led attack will have to face Washington's dominant defensive line. That unit could be even better in 2021 with young studs like Chase Young, Montez Sweat and the aptly named Daron Payne expected to take a leap next year.
On the bright side, it's something of a homecoming for Washington QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who spent four years (his most with any single team) on the Bills.
Buffalo owns a 9-5 regular-season record against Washington (0-1 in the postseason), and the Bills won the most recent meeting between these two, 24-9, in an early November showdown back in 2019.
Both of these teams won their respective divisions last year, and both have their sights set a lot higher in 2021. This one should be exciting.
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