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AFC Playoff Picture: Miami Dolphins loss helps Buffalo Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick...

With the Buffalo Bills on the bye, we were watching all the other games this weekend. The biggest result happened in Denver, where the Broncos were able to stop the Miami Dolphins’ run at five straight victories.

Elsewhere in the AFC playoff race, the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Tennessee Titans in overtime while the Cleveland Browns eked out a win over the Philadelphia Eagles and the Houston Texans ended the New England Patriots’ chances at an AFC East title. The Pittsburgh Steelers remained unbeaten and the Indianapolis Colts won in overtime.

Here is where the AFC currently stands with games featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders still to come Sunday night.

Overall Standings

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

AFC Playoff Standings

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)
3. Buffalo Bills (7-3, 5-2 AFC)
4. Indianapolis Colts (7-3, win over TEN, 3-3 AFC)
5. Tennessee Titans (7-3, loss to IND, 5-3 AFC)
6. Cleveland Browns (7-3, 4-3 AFC)
7. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4, 4-3 AFC)
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8. Miami Dolphins (6-4, 3-3 AFC)
9. Baltimore Ravens (6-4, wins over CLE & IND, 4-4 AFC)

Matchups:
Pittsburgh Steelers have the bye
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts


Miami’s loss puts a game of space between the Dolphins and the Bills in the AFC East race, which obviously helps the Bills make the playoffs. In playoff seeding, the Colts continuing to keep pace with the Titans helps Buffalo because the Bills have a head-to-head loss to Tennessee. As long as Indianapolis stays ahead of Tennessee, that’s good news for Buffalo.