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AFC playoff picture, Week 5: Buffalo Bills still top the AFC East

It’s early, but it’s still worth looking at.

New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Even though the New England Patriots won on Thursday night and the Buffalo Bills lost on Sunday, they still lead the AFC East based on tiebreakers. In fact, Buffalo currently sits second in the AFC behind the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, if you believe it.

The wide open AFC ended Week 5 where it began; a lot of teams have two losses. In the AFC East, all four teams have two losses. Two AFC North and one AFC South team join the group making it seven teams - almost half of the sixteen teams in the conference - with two losses including the Bills. Buffalo’s divisional and conference records keep them on top of the entire picture right now.

Denver, on the bye at 3-1, is one-and-a-half games out of first place in the AFC West and is the second place team in the conference when not taking division leaders into account.

AFC Playoff Standings

1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
2t. Buffalo Bills (3-2, 2-1 in AFC)
2t. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2, head-to-head win over BAL, 2-1 AFC)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2, 3-2 in AFC)
5. Denver Broncos (3-1)
6t. New York Jets (3-2, head-to-head loss to BUF, 3-2 AFC)
6t. Baltimore Ravens (3-2, head-to-head loss to PIT, 3-2 AFC)
8. New England Patriots (3-2, 1-1 AFC)
9. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
10. Houston Texans (2-3, head-to-head win over TEN, 2-3 AFC)
11. Indianapolis Colts (2-3, 1-0 AFC)
12t. Oakland Raiders (2-3, 2-2 AFC)
12t. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3, 2-2 AFC)
14. Tennessee Titans (2-3, head-to-head loss to HOU, 1-3 AFC)
15. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)
16. Cleveland Browns (0-5)