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AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills fall to thick of Wild Card race after loss

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The Buffalo Bills started the week as the second seed in the AFC, but a loss to the Indianapolis Colts has torpedoed their spot in the rankings. The Bills received some help around the NFL slate, but couldn’t do their own part.

With the New England Patriots’ win and the Buffalo Bills’ loss, the Evil Empire has taken over the top spot in the AFC East. While the two teams haven’t played each other yet, the 7-4 Patriots edge out the 6-4 Bills for superiority, pushing the Bills into the Wild Card position.

The first-place Tennessee Titans lost to the last-place Houston Texans of all teams, which would have helped the Bills. The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Baltimore Ravens edged the Chicago Bears even without Lamar Jackson. The Kansas City Chiefs won against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cincinnati Bengals topped the Las Vegas Raiders. The Cleveland Browns snuck past the undermanned Detroit Lions.

Note: Rankings are listed in playoff order, so division leaders are listed 1-4 followed by the Wild Card teams.

AFC East

  1. New England Patriots (7-4)
  2. Buffalo Bills (6-4)
  3. Miami Dolphins (4-7)
  4. New York Jets (2-8)

AFC Playoffs

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