Can the Buffalo Bills Radically Alter the AFC Playoffs?

By Scott DelleFave
Kyle Williams
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The Buffalo Bills have missed the playoffs for a 14th straight season, and the fans are just as annoyed as ever. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t change the course for some playoff bound teams. If the Bills were somehow to do what seems to be the impossible, as they have never won up against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium and have only won twice in the last 23 attempts, and if the Cincinnati Bengals happen to win their game against the Baltimore Ravens, the following would take place:

The Patriots and the Bengals would swap seeds and the Patriots would only host two playoff games if the top two seeds get knocked out the following week — not to mention they wouldn’t receive a first round bye for a record setting fourth straight season.

The odds are stacked against the Bills considering Thad Lewis is starting at quarterback again and Stevie Johnson is missing the second straight game due to the untimely death of his mother on offense. Also on defense, emerging star defensive back Aaron Williams was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a rib injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams was the proverbial Swiss-Army knife at defensive back, playing both sides at cornerback not to mention both free and strong safety and snagging a career-best four interceptions.

What the Patriots can’t rest on is the pass rush of the Bills which leads the league with 56 sacks including 10.5 by Kyle Williams (pictured above) this year, and that number will likely go up in the final game of the 2013 season. With the Bills playing for pride and confidence going forward in 2014, this could become a very dangerous weapon. The Patriots should consider resting their stars or their fate might end up similar to that of the Denver Broncos as a highly talented team with yet even more injuries and maybe be one and done in the playoffs. All in all, it should be interesting to see what happens in the final week of the 2013 season — especially the match-up between the Bills and the Patriots.

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