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AFC Playoff Picture: On the bye, Bills now half-game behind leaders

The Buffalo Bills started this weekend as the fourth seed in the AFC and they’ll finish in the same ranking. The main difference is now they are a half-game behind the leaders in the conference, and four teams have a better record.

The Tennessee Titans stomped the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Baltimore Ravens, leaving three of those teams tied at 5-2. The Chiefs fall to 3-4 on the year. Also at 5-2 are the surprising Las Vegas Raiders, who lead the AFC West. The Bengals win was good news for the rest of the field, because a one-loss Baltimore team would be leading the pack.

Elsewhere on the week, the Cleveland Browns won on Thursday night to sit in 7th place in the AFC at 4-3. New England knocked out the New York Jets to move to 3-4 on the season along with Denver who lost to Cleveland and the aforementioned Chiefs. The Indianapolis Colts beat the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night.

Buffalo, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were all on a bye this weekend along with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Here are the complete AFC East and AFC Playoff Rankings. Note: Rankings are listed in playoff order, so division leaders are listed 1-4 followed by the Wild card teams.

AFC East

  1. Buffalo Bills (4-2)
  2. New England Patriots (3-4)
  3. New York Jets (1-5)
  4. Miami Dolphins (1-6)

AFC Playoffs

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