The Draft Countdown: 6... The 6th Playoff Spot

With draft day finally here, I am finally able to publish the last of my Draft Countdown Series. I started a while back upon the start of free agency with Items 10, 9, 8, 7.

The Draft Countdown Series has covered the following articles:

10: Top Ten Players of the Draft
9: The Ninth Pick History
8: The Eight Teams Drafting Before Us
7: The Seven Free Agents to Target.


This is the penultimate goal for the Bills, to finally return to (and win) the playoffs. The Bills have always had the problem of facing (and losing often) to the Patriots, but then have not been able to win more than eight games in a season since the new millennium.

Taking a look at recent NFL history, teams do not have to be terribly impressive and still make it to the playoffs. In 2010, the Seahawks went 7-9 and still made it to the postseason! Nor do teams have to have an elite quarterback either (although that does help). The Broncos made it to the second round of the playoffs with future Hall of Fame QB Tim Tebow and then almost went all the way with that Manning guy…

In taking a look in the past decade of playoff history, I stumbled on some interesting facts. Obviously a winning record helps immensely. At the same time, beware because it doesn't automatically equal a playoff berth. First let's take a look at all of the #6 seeds from the AFC and NFC in this time span.


AFC 6th Playoff Team

NFC 6th Playoff Team


San Diego Chargers (9-7)

New Orleans Saints (11-5)


Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)

Minnesota Vikings (10-6)


Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)

Detroit Lions (10-6)


New York Jets (11-5)

Green Bay Packers (10-6)


Baltimore Ravens (9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)


Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)


Tennessee Titans (10-6)

Washington Redskins (9-7)


Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)

New York Giants (8-8)


Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

Washington Redskins (10-6)


Denver Broncos (10-6)

Minnesota Vikings (8-8)

Here are the records of the teams that secured that sixth playoff spot: two (8-8), one (9-6-1), five (9-7), seven (10-6), and five (11-5). Even more remarkable is that we have had four (9-7), one (8-7-1), two (8-8) and one (7-9) team that have won their division. And yet, in a twist of winning fate, a successful record doesn't equal the playoffs; four (9-7), five (10-6) and one (11-5) teams have missed.

The Bills don’t need to finish with double digit wins, or even a winning record (but they certainly help). This past season, they were in the playoff hunt until the last few games despite a poor record due to a slow start by most of the rest of the AFC. A successful draft will help the team to reach that goal, but they will also need their veterans to either keep playing at a high level, or take it to the next one. Here are the five veterans that will decide…

Go Bills!!

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