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Buffalo Bills fan confidence undeterred by AFC Championship Game loss

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Despite their loss in the AFC Championship Game, fans of the Buffalo Bills remain confident in the direction of their team. That makes sense, as most fans see this as the next step rather than the last gasp of a declining organization.

In SB Nation Reacts polling this week, fans of the Bills were 97 percent confident in the direction of the team. Sure, that’s down from the 100 percent the team has been at over the last six weeks, but it’s the third-highest in the NFL behind only the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Conversely, fans of the Green Bay Packers dropped from 87percent to 62 percent following their NFC Championship Game loss.

Fans of the Miami Dolphins (89 percent) finished the year in second place in the division, but they were passed with recent news. Following the hiring of Robert Saleh as the team’s head coach, fans of the New York Jets jumped from 70 percent to 91 percent while the New England Patriots fell to 45 percent during the postseason following their year-end score of 62 percent.

The most notable number on the board hasn’t been mentioned yet. Fans of the Houston Texans have taken a hard fall, from 80 percent early in the year to 32 percent following Week 17 all the way down to 0 percent this past week. With news of Deshaun Watson’s trade request, the voting for this week took place even before the team hired unpopular head coach candidate David Culley.