Best time to visit teams in the AFC East
Since the release of the 2018-19 NFL schedule, fans around the world have been daydreaming about taking a trip to the USA to see their team play. We decided to take it a step further, scouring the schedules of all 32 NFL teams to find the best time for travellers who want to see their team play multiple games.
Considering the average overseas trip duration (by Australians) is 14.5 days – roughly two weeks – we worked out the best stretch of games for die-hards who want to see their team as much as possible during an average overseas trip.
So, here’s how you can see your team play 3 times in 2 weeks.
This week we’re focusing on teams in the AFC East.
New England Patriots: Oct. 14 – Oct. 29
Two weeks, three great cities. Patriots fans could be excused for wanting to see their team during a (insert Boston accent) “wicked cool” three-game home stretch in early October, but it’s hard to argue against visiting Chicago and Buffalo as well as watching the Pats at home.
Fly straight to Boston and watch one of the matches of the year in prime time when the Chiefs once again visit Gillette Stadium on October 14. These teams have created an engrossing rivalry in recent years, and considering Kansas City won the corresponding game last season, your Patriots will be hell-bent on getting revenge.
Once you’ve seen the sights in Boston, take a quick, cheap flight to Chicago to watch the Pats at Soldier Field on October 21. From there, take another quick flight to Buffalo – home of Niagara Falls and the Bills. Make sure you party it up with the #BillsMafia for Monday Night Football on October 29 before heading back to Boston for your return flight home.
Buffalo Bills: Oct. 29 – Nov. 11
Last year, the Bills ended a 17-year playoff drought. This year, they’re tipped to be in the running once again, so there’s literally no better time to book your leave, purchase some tickets and go and watch your team in action.
This two-week stretch is a beauty. Not only will you get to see two massive divisional rivalry games including Buffalo’s only prime time match (at home against the Patriots), you’ll also be able to spend some time in New York City before your two-week sojourn comes to a close.
As a city, Buffalo isn’t without its charms, so make sure you’re there for the October 29 match against the Patriots. Then, check out the sights such as the nearby Niagara Falls or venture across the border into the charming Canadian town of St. Catherines.
After the November 4 home game against the Bears, make your way to the Big Apple for the November 11 game at Metlife Stadium against the Jets before jumping on the plane home. Oh, and make sure you get out and see the #BillsMafia in action while you’re in Buffalo!
New York Jets: Dec. 15 – Dec. 30
Jets fans, prepare yourselves. Not only will you see your team three times in two weeks, you’ll get to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in New York (or Boston, depending on how quickly you want to get out of Massachusetts!).
This three-game stretch allows for two games at home – against Houston and Green Bay – before you take the train or bus up the highway to Boston to watch your team take on fierce divisional rival New England at its Foxborough fortress. Fly into New York before the December 15 game against the Texans (note: this is on a
Saturday!). While you’re there, check out the best that New York has to offer, and then get the bus up to Boston after the December 23 home game against Green Bay.
The Patriots host the Jets on December 30, giving you enough time to explore Boston before the game, and enough time to get back to New York for New Year’s Eve. Honestly, this is the perfect (almost romantic!) trip for you and your non-football-loving partner!
Miami Dolphins: Sept. 16 – Sept. 30
Two weeks, three bucket list cities. New York, Miami, and Boston – in that order. Sure, it might seem a little weird to have the home game in the middle of two away games, but stick with us on this one!
Book your international flights to fly into New York City. Check out the sights, then watch the Dolphins at Metlife Stadium on September 16. Fly down to Miami to soak up some sun, cocktails and a Fins home game against the Raiders on Sept. 23, before either flying direct to Boston or back to New York on your return ticket (note: you’ll then need to transfer to Boston via bus or train).
You then watch arguably the greatest player of all time lead the Patriots against your team at their Foxborough home on September 30, before you make the short hop back to New York and fly home.
Two weeks, three epic cities and three epic football games. What more could you want?
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Also, don’t forget to check the schedules of the other codes; as college football, NBA, NHL and more will all be on during the NFL season.