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AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills maintain Wild Card lead with win

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The Bills are firmly in playoff position.

With their win on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills have maintained their lead in the AFC Wild Card race, a game ahead of the sixth-place team in the race. There was some jostling in the seeding, as the Houston Texans lost to the Baltimore Ravens, and we won’t know the full picture until Tuesday morning, since the Kansas City Chiefs play on Monday night.

Here are the updated standings at of 4:30 PM Eastern on Sunday.

Full AFC Standings

1. New England Patriots (9-1)
2. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)
3. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
5. Indianapolis Colts (6-4, head-to-head win over HOU)
6. Houston Texans (6-4, head-to-head loss to IND, head-to-head win over OAK)
7. Oakland Raiders (6-4, head-to-head loss to HOU, 3-2 AFC)
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5, 4-3 AFC)
9. Tennessee Titans (5-5, 3-4 AFC)
10. Cleveland Browns (4-6, 4-3 AFC)
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6, 4-4 AFC)
12. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6, 2-5 AFC)
12. Denver Broncos (3-7, 3-4 AFC)
15. New York Jets (3-7, 0-6 AFC)
14. Miami Dolphins (2-8)
16. Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)*

Full AFC Playoff Standings

1. New England Patriots (9-1)
2. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
4. Indianapolis Colts (6-4, head-to-head win over HOU)
5. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
6. Houston Texans (6-4, head-to-head loss to IND, head-to-head win over OAK)
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7. Oakland Raiders (6-4, head-to-head loss to HOU)
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5, 4-3 AFC)
9. Tennessee Titans (5-5, 3-4 AFC)
10. Cleveland Browns (4-6, 4-3 AFC)
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6, 4-4 AFC)
12. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6, 2-5 AFC)

The Bills still need some help in the AFC East race for the division crown, but in the Wild Card they have a solid lead. They have a one-game lead over the teams in sixth place and seventh place. Buffalo is two games up on the eight- and ninth-place teams.

With the Texans and Colts playing this Thursday night, one of them is most likely falling to 6-5. A Bills win next Sunday gives Buffalo a two-game lead in the playoff race heading into Thanksgiving.

The Cincinnati Bengals are now the first team eliminated from the playoff race in the AFC.