Bills return to Sunday Night Football “a long time coming”

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The Bills had not made the playoffs since 1999 when they advanced to the Wild Card round after Sean McDermott’s first season as head coach in 2017.

McDermott has the team on the doorstep of another trip to the postseason and one win in the final three weeks of the season will officially book that trip. Their first chance to get in comes against the Steelers on Sunday night in what will be the Bills’ second time on Sunday Night Football and first since 2007.

By contrast, the Steelers will be making their 33rd appearance and McDermott said it’s been a “long time coming” for the franchise. The return to a marquee spot on the schedule is part of an overall shift that the coach believes has taken place over the last three years.

“We’ve moved that needle drastically since we got here in the entire building,” McDermott said, via the Buffalo News.  “It’s been a long time since the organization has been in the position like this at this time of year. We don’t take it lightly.”

It’s been a long time since expectations in Buffalo included regular playoff contention, but sealing the deal in the next few weeks will help reset things for McDermott and the Bills heading into the future.

21 responses to “Bills return to Sunday Night Football “a long time coming”

  1. Buffalo goes into Sunday night with the #3 Defense and the #20 Offense. Pitt goes in with the #5 defense and the #28 Offense. On paper it looks to be in Buffalo’s favor. We shall see. Dont take the Steelers lightly. they have done well this year given their QB issues and injuries in general. Go Bills!!

  2. Impressive the turnaround McDermott and company have had with this team.

    Not sure how far in the playoffs we make it this year, but next year will be different. Josh has started only a few games over a full season in his career, the defense is excellent and we have a ton of money in cap space.

    Great turnaround so far, can only get better!

  3. Bills have a legitimate chance of missing the playoffs which would be amazing. You can beat the bad teams but can you beat the good ones. Josh Allen can’t win with his arm

  4. Monday and Sunday nights should be treated like Thursday nights, every team plays one of each. “Wait!” you say. “We won’t get as many good games, there will be a lot of snoozers.” Fair enough, but think of how many times we’ve been force-fed games with bad Packers, Bears and Cowboys teams. Props to the Steelers for fielding a decent team most years since the mid-90s, but they get too much exposure too.

  5. Criminal that a loyal fanbase like Buffalo doesn’t get many prime time games. Sure their teams haven’t been very good but the game is about the fans. Show them some love.

  6. jets2469 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Bills have a legitimate chance of missing the playoffs which would be amazing. You can beat the bad teams but can you beat the good ones. Josh Allen can’t win with his arm

    Ok Jets fan. What’s it like losing to the bungles?

  7. Steelers had their toughest games early losing to the Pats in a blowout but close losses at SF, to Balt in OT and the Seahawks.

    Buff has 4 division cupcakes in Jets and Dolphs and played the horrid NFC East versus Pitt playing then NFC West.

    For both the chariots will turn back into pumpkins for these Cinderellas come midnight, but still fun to watch. Let is snow Sunday.

  8. jets2469 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 7:40 am
    Bills have a legitimate chance of missing the playoffs which would be amazing. You can beat the bad teams but can you beat the good ones. Josh Allen can’t win with his arm
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    The Bills need 1 game out of the remaining 3 to secure a playoff spot. The Jets on the other hand continue to languish with the league bottom feeders. The Bills will definitely beat the lowly Jets in the season finale and probably the Steelers as well and beating NE would not surprise anyone either.

    NFL career records
    Josh Allen 14-10
    Sam Darnold 9-14

    2019 Records
    Josh Allen 9-4
    Sam Darnold 5-5

  9. We will be reminded why the Bills should never be on primetime and hopefully it never happens again.

  10. Funny Buffalo played terrible, gave up a bad blown coverage TD and still had a 4th down attempt to tie the game against what’s arguably the best team in NFL…yeah we’re terrbile…pay not attention to us, see ya in the playoffs. Not bad for a team picked to win 4-5 games….AND one that isn’t nearly a finished product….should be a good game, and whenever this years run ends, we have ammo and cap room for next year…. just beginning the rebuild. Let’s take this one, get the playoffs locked up…. Pit gonna be tough, but our defense should contain their offense more than they can contain ours. 20-14 Buffalo in another close one.

  11. Likely many more prime time games in 2020..ya know including Playoffs…. you know what would be amazing is if the Jets made it to the playoffs…how can a Jets fan talk trash, that’s rich….. unicorns, sasquatch and the Jets playoff team..only one of these things definitely doesn’t exist.

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    joetoronto says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:20 am
    We will be reminded why the Bills should never be on primetime and hopefully it never happens again.
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    Just like on Thanksgiving right? When the Bills got embarrassed with 30 million people watching?

  13. joetoronto says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:20 am
    We will be reminded why the Bills should never be on primetime and hopefully it never happens again.
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    Joey you wacky troll…your a analysis never ceases to amaze. Maybe the Raiders will get to primetime someday in the next decade…once you find a QB and a coach

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