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AFC playoff picture: muddled conference has Buffalo Bills perched in position

It doesn’t feel this way, but Buffalo is still in great position.

The Buffalo Bills defense is elite, and after Sunday’s narrow loss to the New England Patriots where Josh Allen was knocked from the game, fans are understandably a little flat. Heading into Week 5, the Bills have a chance to cement themselves at the top of the conference heading into the second month of the season.

There are only two remaining undefeated teams in the AFC following Sunday. The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs are both 4-0 while Buffalo slips to 3-1. At 3-1, Buffalo is still a game up on the rest of the conference.

In a statistical quirk, every team in the AFC South is 2-2. If that division can keep beating up on each other, the Bills will have a great look of being ahead of them in either home game tiebreakers as division winner or Wild Card positioning.

The AFC North is ever worse, with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens tied at 2-2. The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers play on Monday Night Football to see which team will break their winless streak to start the season.

The AFC West has a pair of 2-2 teams in the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders. The Denver Broncos are 0-4.

The remaining teams in the AFC East are winless. The Miami Dolphins are 0-4 while the bye week has the New York Jets at just 0-3.


The Bills have just two games left on their schedule against teams currently sporting a winning record (the Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys). Both games could be nationally televised contests for these up-and-coming Bills.

On the other side of the ledger, Buffalo has six games against teams who have yet to win a single game in 2019. The Miami Dolphins come up after the bye followed two weeks later welcoming Washington, then going to Miami before hosting the Denver Broncos, and ending the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets in two of the last three weeks.

The expectation is still there; the Buffalo Bills should absolutely be a playoff team in 2019.