Door open for Buffalo Bills to climb to AFC’s No. 2 or 3 seed – syracuse.com

Door open for Buffalo Bills to climb to AFC’s No. 2 or 3 seed – syracuse.com
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With one week of football left to be played in the regular season, things could get pretty wild for the Buffalo Bills in terms of playoff seeding.

The Bills’ season has had its fair share of ups-and-downs, but Buffalo –the AFC’s current No. 4 seed– has the opportunity to climb as high as No. 2 this weekend. Buffalo, of course, has plenty riding on their game alone. If the team defeats the New York Jets, Buffalo will win the AFC East for the second consecutive season. A loss opens the door for New England to win the division if they can defeat the Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo cruised to a 45-17 win in their first matchup against New York, but that was when the Jets were starting Mike White at quarterback. Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft, will be New York’s QB on Sunday. The quarterback situation does not seem to matter much to Vegas oddsmakers, however. The Bills opened as a 17 point favorite in the matchup.

Winning their own game will be Buffalo’s main focus, but before the matchup kicks off the Bills will know just how high they could climb in the conference thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals playing before them.

On Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs will head to Denver to take on the Broncos. Buffalo would need Kansas City to lose to have any chance for the two seed. The Chiefs won their first matchup against Denver 22-9 and are 10 point road favorites in the rematch, but a Chiefs loss to the Broncos would give the Cincinnati Bengals and Bills a chance to leapfrog them. Patrick Mahomes has never lost to Denver in his career (8-0), but four of his wins have come in one-score games.

In addition to the Chiefs losing, Buffalo would also need the Bengals to lose to the Cleveland Browns to claim the No. 2 seed. That said, if the Chiefs win and the Bengals lose, Buffalo would claim the AFC’s No. 3 seed.

A Bengals loss to the Browns is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Bengals QB Joe Burrow announced that he will not play in the matchup. Brandon Allen will start in his place. In addition to Burrow, running back Joe Mixon has also been ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19. Other starters for Cincinnati are also expected to rest in their regular season finale.

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