Had the Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Jets in Week 17, they'd have picked No. 6 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Their 28-9 win ultimately cost them two spots in the order.
How many spots in the 2013 NFL Draft did the Buffalo Bills' 28-9 win over the New York Jets cost them? Two. Buffalo will pick No. 8 overall in the draft next April; had they lost to the Jets, they'd have picked No. 6.
Buffalo went into Week 17 with the possibility of picking as high as No. 4 overall; they'd have gotten there had they lost to New York and gotten wins from Philadelphia and Detroit. Both of those teams lost, meaning that had Buffalo lost as well, they'd have still picked behind both of those 4-12 teams.
The Bills won, however, meaning that they were a six-win team (rather than a five-win team). They could have slipped as far as No. 9 overall - where they picked a year ago - had both San Diego and Arizona won their respective games. Arizona could not hang in against San Francisco, but San Diego snuck out a win over Oakland to slide the Bills up to the No. 8 overall pick.
It's not yet clear who will be making the pick for the Bills next April; nonetheless, barring a trade down, it will be the fourth consecutive Top 10 pick that the Bills will make.
Tip of the hat to WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia, whose number-crunching is unparalleled.