Is it too early to be talking about the Buffalo Bills' playoff picture? Of course it is, the Bills are 4-6 for god's sake. BUT, in a year where the AFC is wide open, anything is possible. So I'm saying there's a chance. And this week, those chances have the potential to get better as those sitting ahead of us in the AFC wildcard race have some tough match-ups. Let's discuss:
- Baltimore at Pittsburgh - Steelers are 6-3, but are vulnerable. They have suffered a rash of injuries, now including Big Ben. This means they likely won't have the firepower to exploit what's been a softer than usual Ravens D. Remember, they needed overtime to beat the Chiefs last week (so they are also dealing with a slightly shortened prep week). Heck, anytime I can root against the Steelers, I'm happy.
- San Diego at Denver - Not much to say here, the Chargers are good but underwhelming as usual. Denver, on the other hand is seemingly hitting its stride. Add in the mile-high advantage and SD should be down to 4-6 when all is said and done.
- NYJ at STL; NO at OAK - Both the Jets and Raiders are sitting at 3-6, and could easily lose these games to NFC opponents, keeping them at bay for the time being. I think we are to the point where we have to root for any NFC team over any AFC opponent.
- CIN at KC - This is probably the only one that won't go our way this week. Bengals are 4-5 but riding high off a big win over the Giants, and the Chiefs are the Chiefs. That said, they forced OT against the Steelers last week, so anything is possible. P.S. Continue to feed Jamaal Charles please!
- Indy at NE - OK, this one sucks; it's like the opposite of Sophie's Choice. But one of these teams has to win. And as much as I would like to see Luck light up NE porous defense, and show Tom Brady that he is old news, I think we have to concede the division to NE and root for Indy to lose. Not to mention that we have a must-win against Indy next week, and it would be somewhat disheartening to see them beat the team that swept us.
I think that's it. Tennessee has a bye this week, so nothing can be done there (man that loss hurts). But all in all, our wild dreams of a Wildcard berth might be alive and well at the end of this week. Of course, that all falls apart if our favorite team doesn't come to play against the Colts next week, but until then -- there's hope!