NFL.com columnist Adam Schein is assessing the AFC playoff race as teams have made the turn down the back half of their regular season schedule. It may surprise some, perhaps many, but he sees the Bills as a team that could make things interesting down the stretch.
Schein points to Buffalo’s seemingly softer schedule as one of his main reasons why he think the Bills can make some other AFC playoff hopefuls nervous. Here’s what he wrote.
Buffalo is two games behind New York in the wild-card race at 3-6. On Sunday, the Bills were in prime position to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season — if only backup quarterback Jeff Tuel hadn’t been under the impression that Kansas City cornerback Sean Smith played for the Bills. Fortunately, injured starter EJ Manuel was fully cleared to return Monday.
The Bills’ schedule going forward is worth noting. They visit the reeling Steelers in Pittsburgh, then take on the Jets in Buffalo. After a Week 12 bye, Buffalo hosts the wingless Falcons before heading on a two-game road trip to play the dead-in-the-water Bucs and that collection of guys masquerading as an NFL team in Jacksonville. Buffalo finishes with a homer against Dolphins and a roadie versus the Pats. With a dominant defensive line, a healthy C.J. Spiller and three tissue-paper-soft games, could the Bills make things sticky? I think so.
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