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NFL schedule change affects one Bills game

By Tim Graham

The NFL has moved its Sunday doubleheader kickoffs back to 4:25 p.m. this year, a decision that will affect one Buffalo Bills game: Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Doubleheader games usually begin at 4:15 p.m. to give the early games a chance to finish, but the cushion isn't always enough.

"In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009 to 2011 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff," the NFL said in a statement. "With a 4:25 p.m. kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games."

About 40 start times have been nudged back for this season. The game in San Francisco was Buffalo's lone 4:15 p.m. kickoff.

The Bills' other later starts are 4:05 p.m. in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals and Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks and their only primetime game in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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