Posted at: 04/18/2013 8:24 PM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 10:43 PM
By: Associated Press
Bills rookie head coach Doug Marrone faces a daunting NFL debut with Buffalo set to open the regular season hosting AFC East nemesis New England.
The NFL released its schedule Thursday night.
The Patriots travel to Orchard Park to open the season on Sept. 8. It'll be Marrone's first game since taking over the Bills in January.
He'll be facing a team that has won 18 of the past 19 games against Buffalo, and 23 of 25 dating to 2000. It marks the fourth time since 2003 Buffalo has opened against New England.
The Bills will close their season at the Patriots on Dec. 29. Their lone prime-time game will be at Cleveland on Thursday, Oct. 3. Buffalo's annual "home" game at Toronto will be against Atlanta on Dec. 1.
September 1: vs. New England(1:00p.m.)
September 15: vs. Carolina Panthers(1:00p.m.)
September 22: at NY Jets(4:25p.m.)
September 29: vs. Baltimore Ravens(1:00p.m.)
October 3: at Cleveland Browns(8:25p.m.)
October 13 vs. Cincinnati Bengals(1:00p.m.)
October 20 vs. Miami Dolphins(1:00p.m.)
October 27 at New Orleans Saints(1:00p.m.)
November 3 vs. Kansas City Chiefs(1:00p.m.)
November 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers(1:00p.m.)
November 17 vs. NY Jets(1:00p.m.)
December 1 vs. Atlanta Falcons(4:05p.m.)
December 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers(1:00p.m.)
December 15 at Jacksonsville Jaguars(1:00p.m.)
December 22 vs. Miami Dolphins(1:00p.m.)
December 29 at New England Patriots(1:00p.m.)