The NFL officially approved adding a 17th game for next season on Tuesday at the league’s annual owners meetings.
For the Washington Football Team, that means having to face another quality opponent — on the road, no less.
Washington will have to square off against the first-place Buffalo Bills in 2021 as part of the league’s expanded schedule. The Bills went 13-3 last season and advanced to the AFC Championship, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo was 7-1 during the regular season at home in 2020.
Washington was matched up with Buffalo because both teams won their respective divisions. The Bills will be the fifth first-place team that Washington must play next season — a brutal slate that includes the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, all winners of their respective divisions.
The league has not yet released the 2021 schedule, which is reportedly set to come out in May.
While Washington will have to travel to Buffalo next season, the team will get to host an additional AFC team in 2022 as part of the expanded schedule.