Buffalo Bills Remain in AFC Playoff Hunt

By Ryan Womeldorf
Jairus Byrd Kyle Williams
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Somehow, some way you can talk about the Buffalo Bills and the AFC playoff picture.

I’m not sure if that says more about the Bills or if that’s an indictment of the AFC as a whole. But the fact of the matter is that the Bills are part of a logjam of four and five-win teams all competing for the final AFC Wild Card spot (the first is likely to go to the loser of the Kansas City Chiefs/Denver Broncos AFC West battle).

Even a week ago it seemed ridiculous to even think about the Bills being mentioned in the playoff picture. At 4-7, it still feels ridiculous. As of right now the Bills would own the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

But in addition to said logjam, the Bills also happen to have the NFL’s easiest schedule ahead of them. Their final five opponents have a combined winning percentage of .347 and the only winning team on their schedule (New England Patriots) needed a last-second field goal to beat the Bills in Week 1.

Take a look at the Bills’ remaining schedule:

Dec. 1 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (2-8) (in Toronto)
Dec. 8 – at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8)
Dec. 15 – at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)
Dec. 22 – vs. Miami Dolphins (5-5)
Dec. 29 – at New England(7-2)

That’s a whole mess of teams with serious issues at their feet. The only concern is that three of the five remaining games are on the road, including the biggest one against New England.

Still, the Bills could very realistically run the table or go 4-1 down the stretch and put themselves in the conversation for that second wild card spot. They’ll undoubtedly need some help, but if they do what they need to do and just win the games ahead of them they could find themselves playing postseason football for the first time in 15 years.

It’s a long road ahead and a lot needs to happen, but crazier things have happened.

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