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Remaining schedules of AFC Wild Card contenders

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Lots of intrigue here

The Buffalo Bills are currently the five seed in the AFC with the Pittsburgh Steelers tiebreaking their way to the six seed. The Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans are all within a game of the Wild Card spots, either on the positive side or negative side. What do all of their schedules look like over the stretch run of the 2019 season?


Houston Texans (6-3, current AFC South leader)

We’re going in order of current record, and the Texans sit alone at the top of the AFC South. But with only one game separating Houston and Indianapolis, the Texans could be in the Wild Card hunt soon, especially when you look at their next three games.

at Baltimore (7-2)
vs. Indianapolis (5-4)
vs. New England (8-1)
vs. Denver (3-6)
at Tennessee (5-5)
at Tampa Bay (3-6)
vs. Tennessee (5-5)

Buffalo Bills (6-3, current 5 seed)

The Bills have struggled, losing two of their last three games and seem to be a paper tiger feasting on a sub-par early schedule. Like Houston, they have a tough stretch of games coming but they also have games against cellar-dwellers to get right.

at Miami (2-7)
vs. Denver (3-6)
at Dallas on Thanksgiving (5-4)
vs. Baltimore (7-2)
at Pittsburgh (5-4)
at New England (8-1)
vs. New York Jets (2-7)

Kansas City Chiefs (6-4, current AFC West leader)

Expected to be a front-runner in the AFC, Kansas City has struggled with and without Patrick Mahomes. They hold just a half-game lead over Oakland in the division and have a 4-3 record in the conference, the worst percentage of any team currently in the top 7.

at Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)
BYE
vs. Oakland (5-4)
at New England (8-1)
vs. Denver (3-6)
at Chicago (4-5)
vs. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4, current 6 seed via tiebreaker)

Pittsburgh is making a run, winning four straight despite Ben Roethlisberger being sidelined. They are riding a tough defense into playoff position but are two games behind the division-leading Baltimore Ravens.

at Cleveland (3-6)
at Cincinnati (0-9)
vs. Cleveland (3-6)
at Arizona (3-6-1)
vs. Buffalo (6-3)
at New York Jets (2-7)
at Baltimore (7-2)

Oakland Raiders (5-4, current tied for 6 seed)

The Raiders have steadily been hanging around. They were passed for the six seed on their bye week thanks to a weak conference record compared to Pittsburgh, but they’ve played one fewer AFC game. A big game looms for them in a couple weeks when they play Kansas City for what could be the lead in the AFC West. The Raiders have a pretty darn easy schedule coming up.

vs. Cincinnati (0-9)
at New York Jets (2-7)
at Kansas City (6-4)
vs. Tennessee (5-5)
vs. Jacksonville (4-5)
at Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)
at Denver (3-6)

Indianapolis Colts (5-4, current tied for 6 seed)

After missing a golden opportunity on Sunday against the lowly Miami Dolphins, the Colts fell from a tie for first in the AFC South to eighth place in the conference based on tiebreakers. It’s a disappointing result as they fight Houston for the division and the rest of the Wild Card contenders.

vs. Jacksonville (4-5)
at Houston (6-3)
vs. Tennessee (5-5)
at Tampa Bay (3-6)
at New Orleans (7-2)
vs. Carolina (5-4)
at Jacksonville (4-5)

Tennessee Titans (5-5, half-game from 6 seed)

The Titans have been so hit-and-miss in 2019. They were trounced by the Denver Broncos but beat the Chiefs, lost to Jacksonville but smoked the Cleveland Browns. They have good wins in some head-to-head tiebreakers but a bad AFC record. They’ve got some work to do, but will have an opportunity to earn their way to the playoffs with four games remaining against teams in the hunt.

BYE
vs. Jacksonville (4-5)
at Indianapolis (5-4)
at Oakland (5-4)
vs. Houston (6-3)
vs. New Orleans (7-2)
at Houston (6-3)


With five games left against teams with a winning record, the Titans have the hardest schedule in the final seven weeks. Indianapolis and Buffalo face four teams currently with a winning record.

The Raiders only have one game on their schedule against a team with a winning record while Pittsburgh and Kansas City have only two.

We won’t know about the final playoff spots for a while. Buckle up.