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

The winner will be first place in the conference.

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