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AFC East schedule info slipping out

The NFL will release its schedule at 7 p.m., but some details are leaking early.

The Buffalo Bills announced they will play the Chicago Bears in the Rogers Centre at 1 p.m. on Nov. 7.

The Bears should be a palatable opponent for Bills fans upset with the first two regular-season arrangements in the Toronto series, which pays the Bills $78 million to move eight games, including three preseason exhibitions, over the border.

Organizers previously took away divisional opponents from season-ticket holders, exporting the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and the New York Jets last year.

Those games also took place in December so as to be clear of the Canadian Football League postseason. But attendance to the Bills game was hurt because they've become irrelevant late in the season. A November game should be more meaningful.

And it looks like there could be a pair of AFC East-NFC North matchups on Thanksgiving.

NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert points out Detroit Lions will host the New England Patriots, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has reported "there's a good chance" the Minnesota Vikings will be the New York Jets' opponent in the new Meadowlands stadium.