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Bills remain second in AFC, first in Wild Card

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Buffalo is the second-best team in the AFC according to their record.

The Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and in doing so they secured their place in the runner-up position in the AFC for at least another week. They also received some help from around the NFL in their quest for a playoff berth.

With the New England Patriots playing on Monday night, they did the best they could in the divisional race, now just one game back in the AFC East.

In the Wild Card race, the Oakland Raiders fell to the Green Bay Packers and the Houston Teans lost to the Indianapolis Colts, putting some room between the Bills and the sixth-place team in the AFC. At 4-3, Buffalo has a 1.5-game lead on the sixth and final playoff team.

Here are the full standings in the AFC heading into Monday night’s game between the Patriots and the New York Jets

Full AFC Standings

1. New England Patriots (6-0)
2. Buffalo Bills (5-1)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2, head-to-head win over BAL)
4. Baltimore Ravens (5-2, head-to-head loss to KC)
5. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
6. Houston Texans (4-3)
7. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4, head-to-head win over TEN)
9. Tennessee Titans (3-4, head-to-head loss to JAX)
10. Cleveland Browns (2-4, 1-0 in AFC North)
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4, 1-1 in AFC North)
12. Denver Broncos (2-5, head-to-head win over LAC)
13. Los Angeles Chargers (2-5, head-to-head loss to DEN)
14. New York Jets (1-4)
15. Miami Dolphins (0-6)
16. Cincinnati Bengals (0-7)

The Bills are still rooting for the Patriots to lose on Monday night to the Jets, as that would put Buffalo just a half-game out of first place in the division.

Here are the playoff standings, including every team within one game of a playoff spot:

AFC Playoff Standings

1. New England Patriots (6-0)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2, head-to-head win over BAL)
3. Baltimore Ravens (5-2, head-to-head loss to KC)
4. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
5. Buffalo Bills (5-1)
6. Houston Texans (4-3)
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7. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4, head-to-head win over TEN)
9. Tennessee Titans (3-4, head-to-head loss to JAX)

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12 minutes ago, JoeFerguson said:

Watch them be 13-3 and have to go to a 9-7 team for a wild card game.

That is one of the rule changes I would make.  IF you win your division, yes you should get into the playoffs.  However, I would seed the teams based on win/loss records.  I would also change the Draft rules to stop tanking because quite frankly its obvious that Miami and Cincy are intent on tanking.  I would do this by having a misery playoff.  The four worst teams in the league have to compete for the right to win the number one pick.  The two worst teams from the AFC and the two worst teams from the NFC have to face each other on the Saturday of the weekend of the conference championship games to earn the right to go to the Draft Bowl which would replace the Pro Bowl.  The Pro Bowl is complete and utter trash and nobody likes playing it.  Make it worth everyone's while and make it meaningful.  To stop a 4 team log jam, normal sudden death overtime rules apply as the game plays until there is a winner.  No ties, you actually have to earn the right for the top pick.

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Buffalo controls it's own playoff destiny. They just have to continue stacking wins and getting better each game.

The only tough games I see on the schedule are Baltimore, Dallas and New England.

If they can win a playoff game, it would be huge for the confidence of a young team and take the winning culture to the next level.

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