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NFL Watch List: Other games Bills fans should watch in Week One

Each week we'll run through the games Bills fans should keep an eye on. Mostly, they'll be the contests for their AFC East rivals, and what to watch for in those outings.

But we'll also peek ahead at Buffalo's schedule.

The Patriots played Thursday. The Dolphins game was postponed. Therefore, the focus today will be on the next few Bills opponents:

  • Week Two: Carolina Panthers
  • Week Three: Denver Broncos
  • Week Four: Atlanta Falcons

Panthers at 49ers

4:25 p.m. today, FOX

Carolina opens on the West Coast against a new-look 49ers club. San Francisco is rebuilding, but don't be stunned if its defense is stingier than expected. A collection of recent first-round picks – Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas – pose a significant threat as a trio. Add in Elvis Dumervil,

Aaron Lynch, and first-round linebacker Reuben Foster next to Navorro Bowman. It likely won't be a cinch for the Panthers to move the football in this one. Having Christian McCaffrey will help. The Panthers defense should be stingy as usual with a healthy Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and a youthful but talented secondary.

Chargers at Broncos

10:20 p.m. Monday, ESPN

This AFC West matchup is loaded with intrigue. The Chargers seemingly have enough talent to make a playoff run, but have been infested with the injury bug the past two seasons. Meanwhile, the Broncos still boast one of the NFL's best defenses, a group that'll look a bit different without DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward. Also, Aqib Talib is 31 now.

It's only Week One, but this game will provide a good barometer for the relatively healthy Chargers and the second installment of the Trevor Siemian-led Broncos.

Falcons at Bears

1 p.m. today, FOX

The Bears' secondary is their weak link on defense, and it'll get Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Taylor Gabriel and Co. in Chicago. Yikes.

The Falcons' defense had its share of issues a season ago, and the front office made a concerted effort to bolster that side of the ball in the draft and free agency. Three of Atlanta's first four draft selections were defensive players and mammoth nose tackle Dontari Poe was signed in March. That group will face Mike Glennon at quarterback for Chicago. If he goes down, it'll be Mark Sanchez. Mitchell Trubisky is currently listed as the Bears No. 3 signal-caller.

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