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AFC Playoff Picture: Bills hosting first-place Patriots Monday night

The winner will be first place in the conference.

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

The Buffalo Bills (7-4) and the New England Patriots (8-4) are playing for first place in the AFC on Monday Night Football.

After the Baltimore Ravens lost on Sunday afternoon, their record fell to 8-4. They were previously in first place in the conference, but their conference record is worse than New England and Tennessee Titans (8-4), so the Patriots are number one for now followed by the Titans then Ravens as of right now. The Kansas City Chiefs can also get to 8-4 with a win on Sunday night, but they have the worst conference record of all the potential 8-4 teams, so they will be fourth in any scenario at that record.

If the Bills win on Monday, they will be 8-4 to join the party atop the AFC while the Patriots drop to 8-5. The Titans would be first, the Bills second, and the Ravens third, and if they win, the Chiefs fourth.

In the standings below, division leaders are listed in the 1-4 slots.

Current standings prior to Sunday night

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

++ Houston is eliminated from the postseason