Fans of the Buffalo Bills have found themselves scoreboard watching as they sit just one game out of the last playoff spot. With six teams one game in front of them and two others tied in the standings, there are a lot of scores that Bills fans will need to keep an eye on in the coming weeks. Thanksgiving will be no exception. Today is a day where people sit back and spend time with their families and watch some football. For Bills fans, two of the three games on today have playoff implications for them.
The early game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions has no bearing whatsoever on the Bills’ playoff chances as they both play in the other conference and the Bills don’t play either team this season. The later two games feature three teams heavily involved in the last spot in the AFC playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys host the Oakland Raiders in the second game of the day. As much as it might pain Bills fans, they need to root for the Cowboys in this one. The Raiders are one of the two teams tied with them and a loss would set them back with only four games to play. The Raiders have a tougher schedule than the Bills for the rest of the way, so it will be much tougher for the Raiders to catch back up with even one loss.
The night cap features two 5-6 teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. One of these teams will remain ahead of the Bills by a game and for the Bills, they’d rather it be the Ravens. The Bills beat the Ravens head-to-head and lost to the Steelers. That means that they are virtually two games behind Pittsburgh and only one behind Baltimore in the event of tying with them at the end of the year. If the Ravens beat the Steelers, then the Bills would only need to make up one game on each team during the rest of the season.
Things worked out well for the Bills last week in what they needed to have happen as far as keeping in the playoff race. We’ll see if they have another week of good fortune. It starts with Cowboys and Ravens wins on Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey and the football, everyone.