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Bills can’t clinch a playoff spot in Week 14

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NFL: SEP 09 Bills at RavensPhoto by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

They’ll need to wait another week.

The Buffalo Bills cannot officially claim one of the six playoff spots in the AFC this coming weekend. Buffalo hasn’t sewn up a playoff spot early since 1999, and they’ll need to wait at least a week to do it in 2019. In 2017, they made the playoffs in the last few seconds of the late afternoon games, so this is pretty remarkable stuff in Western New York.

Full AFC Playoff Standings

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

For starters, if the Bills wanted to clinch a playoff spot in Week 14, they would need to do something no one has been able to do in a while; beat the Baltimore Ravens and their exciting quarterback, Lamar Jackson.

With a win, Buffalo would have ten wins and seven conference wins. That’s the benchmark we will set for now.

With nine wins, Buffalo has already passed the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Jacksonville Jaguars. If they beat Baltimore, they get past the Cleveland Browns.

10. Cleveland Browns (5-7, 5-4 AFC)
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8, 4-5 AFC)
12. Los Angeles Chargers (4-8, 2-7 AFC)
13. New York Jets (4-8, 1-7 AFC)
14. Denver Broncos (4-8, 4-5 AFC)
15. Miami Dolphins (3-9)
16. Cincinnati Bengals (1-11)

A loss by the Indianapolis Colts would get them to 7 losses, allowing Buffalo to clinch a better record.

9. Indianapolis Colts (6-6, head-to-head loss to OAK)

A loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers would put them at six losses, but with a 6-3 conference record, if they ran the table they would be at 9-3 in the AFC plus have a head-to-head win over Buffalo. The Bills can’t clinch a playoff spot over the Steelers this week.

With the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders facing off on Sunday, one of them is probably going to win which throws a wrench in the system. A Tennessee win allows the Titans to stay at just five losses, meaning they could run the table and finish ahead of Buffalo. A Titans loss still leaves them at 7-6 but with five conference losses. That’s another tie for the Bills, though Buffalo has a head-to-head tiebreaker. Then it comes down to strength of victory, and in this scenario, Buffalo would get crushed in the strength of victory tiebreaker. The Titans would beat New Orleans once and Houston twice down the stretch, putting giving them a massive lead in strength of victory. The Bills can’t clinch a playoff spot over the Titans this week.

An Oakland win puts them at 7-6 and 5-4 in the AFC with three more AFC games. If they run the table they are 10-6 with an 8-4 AFC record, a game better in the conference than Buffalo should Buffalo lose out. The Bills can’t clinch a playoff spot over the Raiders if Oakland wins.

So because Buffalo can’t clinch a spot ahead of the Steelers and BOTH the Titans and Raiders, the Bills can’t clinch a playoff spot in Week 14. They could have a playoff spot locked up by the time they take the field in Week 15 on Sunday Night Football, though.

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