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AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills stay in driver’s seat despite loss

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A loss to the Baltimore Ravens doesn’t change Buffalo’s playoff outlook much.

Despite their loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills stayed in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot in the AFC and are still very likely to make the postseason in 2019. They received a ton of help around the conference, too, which will allow them to clinch a playoff spot next week on national television.

Here is the AFC Playoff Picture following Week 14. With NFC games on Sunday and Monday night, this is how it’s going to be until Thursday.

Full AFC Standings

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

Full AFC Playoff Standings

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

* The Jacksonville Jaguars were eliminated from the playoff race today, joining the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. The teams at eight losses are probably eliminated, too, but we’re not running out all the math.