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Bills playoff status flickering

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2016 – 10:11 pm

The Bills can thank the Patriots win over Denver for keeping them alive for another week in the playoff race. At this point Buffalo sits in 11th place in the AFC at 7-7 after their win over Cleveland. Here’s what could eliminate the Bills next week even if they beat the Dolphins.

A win by Baltimore (8-6) this weekend would eliminate the Bills from staying in contention for the final Wild Card spot no matter what the Bills do on Saturday against Miami.

They already cannot catch Kansas City at 10-4 on the year, the current holders of the first Wild Card position. If Baltimore improved to 9-6 in Week 16, the worst they could do is 9-7, which is also the best the Bills can do. The Ravens have the head-to-head tiebreaker on Buffalo.

Now of course the Ravens can still move ahead of the Steelers for the AFC North title. They play each other this week, but in that case Baltimore and Pittsburgh would simply flip roles and it would be the Steelers pushing the Bills out of any possible Wild Card position by virtue of their head to head tiebreaker with Buffalo.

 


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Where Bills stand in playoff race

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 10:24 am

With Sunday’s win lifting Buffalo to a 7-5 record heading into Week 13, the Bills are on the cusp of the AFC playoff picture. Here’s where things sit prior to the Monday night game between the Jets and Dolphins.

AFC
  Team Div Overall Record Head to Head Div Seed (intra-div tie brkr) Conf Record
1 New England East 9-3-0 1 1 6-2-0
2 Denver West 9-3-0 -1 1 7-1-0
3 Cincinnati North 8-3-1 1 5-3-0
4 Indianapolis South 8-4-0 1 6-3-0
5 San Diego West 8-4-0 2 6-3-0
6 Kansas City West 7-5-0 3 5-4-0
7 Buffalo East 7-5-0   2 4-5-0
8 Baltimore North 7-5-0 2 3-5-0
9 Pittsburgh North 7-5-0 3 6-3-0
10 Cleveland North 7-5-0 4 4-5-0
11 Miami East 6-5-0 3 5-3-0
12 Houston South 6-6-0 2 5-3-0

If Miami can beat the Jets tonight they would leapfrog the Bills and Kansas City and take the sixth and final playoff spot and push the Chiefs and Buffalo down to the seventh and eighth positions.


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Road ahead daunting in AFC race

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 9:14 am

There are still nearly a dozen teams still jockeying for position in the AFC playoff picture with five games to play. Here’s where the Bills stand in terms of the quality of opponents they still need to face.

Buffalo has a remaining opponent’s winning percentage of .600 (33-22). That’s the second-highest winning percentage of opponents yet to face among the teams still in the AFC playoff hunt. Here’s a look at where the playoff hopefuls rank in terms of remaining opponent winning percentage.

Team            Remaining win pct.
San Diego       .691 (38-17)
Buffalo            .600 (33-22)
Kansas City    .582 (32-23)
Cincinnati      .564 (31-24)
Cleveland       .564 (30-23-2)
New England .527 (29-26)
Denver             .518 (28-26)
Baltimore        .473 (26-29)
Pittsburgh       .473 (26-29)
Indianapolis   .455 (25-30)
Miami              .436 (24-31)


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Bills not giving in despite .500 mark

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2014 – 1:43 am

The two losses in the span of five days have dropped the Bills to a .500 record on the season at 5-5, and though they put themselves in a deep hole concerning the AFC playoff race no one in Buffalo’s locker room Thursday night was giving up on the season. Not by a long shot.

“We’ve worked too hard and prepared too much during each week so I know no one is going to quit,” said Jerry Hughes. “We’re going to fight until there are zeros on the clock. Everybody fought back. We’ve just got to find ways to just nip the little things in the bud.”

When asked if he still believes the Bills are a playoff team, Hughes quickly answered in the affirmative.

“Absolutely. We have a lot of fight in us. We’re very resilient. We just have to find a way to minimize the little things. It’s the little things that I think are just getting us right now,” said Hughes.

The defensive end didn’t deny that the loss was a costly one, but with six more games to make something happen, Hughes said the key is to not let one game’s outcome affect another.

“Sure it hurts,” he said of the loss to Miami. “It’s a division opponent and that’s our main goal. It definitely hurts and it stings, but we’ve got to bounce back and can’t let it affect the rest of the season.”


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Schein sees Bills still in Wild Card mix

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2013 – 10:21 am

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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