The Buffalo Bills had a mixed bag of results while they were sitting at home this weekend but one upset helped them hold onto their playoff position. Let's recap the big games and the blows to the Bills playoff chances.
The New York Jets came out on top of the San Diego Chargers, pulling them to within a half game of the Bills in the AFC East. Idle New England is still tops in the division with one loss followed by Buffalo at 4-2 and the Jets at 4-3. Miami, who coughed up their game against the Denver Broncos, is still winless at 0-6.
Two teams that were tied with Buffalo at 4-2 lost as Tennessee was pounded by Houston and Oakland fell to Kansas City. Two teams ahead of Buffalo in the standings fell, though one of them was the Chargers who fell to 4-2 and a tie with Buffalo. The Bills and Chargers meet later this season in California. The Baltimore Ravens also fell to 4-2 after their low-scoring Monday night affair. With a win, Baltimore would have been in a dead heat with New England for the No. 1 seed. Instead, Baltimore fell all the way past the Bills into 7th place and keeping Buffalo in the playoffs - for now.
If the Bills win out, they will be the one seed.
If the playoffs started today, here's how the AFC would shake out:
- seed - New England (5-1)
- seed - Pittsburgh (5-2)
- seed - San Diego (4-2)
- seed - Houston (4-3)
- seed - Cincinnati (4-2)
- seed - Buffalo (4-2, lose head-to-head tiebreaker with CIN)
- (OUT) - Baltimore (4-2, lose common game tiebreaker to CIN: 0-1 to 1-0 against JAC, lose AFC record tiebreaker to BUF: 3-2 to 3-1)
- (OUT) - Oakland (4-3)
- (OUT) - New York (4-3, lose AFC record tiebreaker to OAK: 4-3 to 3-3)
Rest of AFC teams: Tennessee (3-3), Kansas City (3-3), Cleveland (3-3), Denver (2-4), Jacksonville (2-5), Miami (0-6), Indianapolis (0-7)