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AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills tied for first in conference following Week 5 win

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

Week 5 is in the books, with the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens finishing off the slate on Monday night. The Buffalo Bills were able to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night, shifting the landscape a bit. Two other teams with a win over the Chiefs is playing really well, too.

The Bills are third in the AFC, but only by a pair of tiebreakers. They have a 3-1 record in the AFC while the Los Angeles Chargers are undefeated in the conference. The Ravens are also 3-1 in the conference, the two teams have identical 3-1 conference records, and both teams have beaten teams with a combined 8 wins. That means it goes to the strength of schedule tiebreaker, and Baltimore’s opponents have 9 wins while Buffalo’s opponents have 8. The Ravens take the strength of schedule tiebreaker.

Buffalo has a two-game lead in their division even with the Patriots winning on Sunday.

With the loss, the Chiefs fall all the way to 11th in the conference.

Here are the complete AFC East and AFC Playoff Rankings as of Tuesday:

AFC East

  1. Buffalo Bills (4-1)
  2. New England Patriots (2-3)
  3. Miami Dolphins (1-4, 1-1 AFCE)
  4. New York Jets (1-4, 0-1 AFCE)

AFC Playoffs

  1. Los Angeles Chargers (4-1, 3-0 AFC)
  2. Baltimore Ravens (4-1, 3-1 AFC, SOS 9 wins)
  3. Buffalo Bills (4-1, 3-1 AFC, SOS 8 wins )
  4. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
  5. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2, 1-0 AFCN, 2-0 AFC)
  6. Denver Broncos (3-2, 0-0 AFCW, 2-2 AFC)
  7. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2, 0-1 AFCW, 3-1 AFC)
  8. Cleveland Browns (3-2, 0-0 AFCN, 1-2 AFC)
  9. New England Patriots (2-3, 2-1 AFC)
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3, 2-2 AFC)
  11. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3, 1-3 AFC)
  12. Miami Dolphins (1-4, 1-1 AFCE)
  13. New York Jets (1-4, 0-1 AFCE, 1-2 AFC, SOV 6)
  14. Houston Texans (1-4, 1-0 AFCS, SOV 0)
  15. Indianapolis Colts (1-4, 0-1 AFCS)
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)