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AFC playoff race: Buffalo Bills in middle of a crowded field

The AFC is tight this year.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills sit at 2-3 after five weeks and the most difficult portion of their schedule. With a rookie quarterback taking his lumps, Buffalo isn’t completely out of it in a crowded AFC playoff field.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the lone undefeated team in the conference and the Cincinnati Bengals are 4-1. Most of the rest of the AFC is mired in a huge logjam somewhere between 2-3 and 3-2. Then the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts are bringing up the rear.

Buffalo’s next two games are against teams behind or tied with them in the standings. They can really get a running start into their Monday night showdown against the New England Patriots looming at the end of October.

Here is the complete AFC playoff picture:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
2. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
3. New England Patriots (3-2, win over MIA)
4. Tennessee Titans (3-2, win over JAX)
5t. Los Angeles Chargers (3-2)
5t. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
5t. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
5t. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
9t. Cleveland Browns (2-2-1)
9t. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1)
11t. Buffalo Bills (2-3)
11t. Houston Texans (2-3)
11t. New York Jets (2-3)
11t. Denver Broncos (2-3)
15t. Oakland Raiders (1-4)
15t. Indianapolis Colts (1-4)