Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bills 'talked to league' about scheduling complaint


The Buffalo Bills will face a rested New York Jets team for the second time this season, and they're not happy about it.

Buffalo lost to the Jets in Week 3 after Gang Green had an extra couple days off -- the result of a Week 2 Thursday night game. This time around, the Bills will host a Jets squad coming off a bye.

Both Bills president Russ Brandon and coach Doug Marrone voiced their displeasure Wednesday regarding their 2013 slate, which extended beyond just their scheduling against the Jets.

"We certainly have talked to the league about this because it's a little bit disappointing that we've had six games where teams are coming off a bye or a long week," Bills president Russ Brandon told WGR 550, via The Buffalo News.

". . . I think we lead the league in the amount of games coming off of the short time or the bye week. It is a very, very tough job what they have in scheduling with all the different things that go into the formula, the stadium commitments and TV schedules, but it's certainly something that needs to be addressed."

Marrone told reporters later in the day that he shared the same concern as Brandon, noting "rest" as "the one thing that helps you the most" in the NFL. The Bills have aired their complaints about the issue multiple times since the schedule came out.

Under Rex Ryan, the Jets are 1-3 coming off the bye, but the Bills would be more inclined to point to their 1-7 record against teams coming off extra rest since 2010.

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