Week 13 NFL playoff picture: Bills’ win over Patriots has AFC East implications

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The Bills’ 24-10 win over the Patriots on Thursday night had significant implications in the AFC East race, and the result is not good for New England.

The Patriots are all but out of the AFC East, and they look like long shots to make the playoffs as a wild card as well.

Here’s how the playoff race looks heading into Sunday’s games:

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1. Chiefs (9-2) Big game coming up with the Bengals.

2. Bills (9-3) Buffalo fans are rooting for Kansas City and Miami losses, which would vault the Bills into the No. 1 line.

3. Titans (7-4) Tennessee owns the conference record tiebreaker with Baltimore.

4. Ravens (7-4) Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Cincinnati.

5. Dolphins (8-3) Still in good shape in the AFC East race.

6. Bengals (7-4) Cincinnati owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Jets.

7. Jets (7-4) Mike White gives them a better chance of staying in playoff position.

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8. Chargers (6-5) L.A. needs a good December to get back in it.

9. Patriots (6-6) Loss to the Bills hurt their chances significantly.

10. Colts (4-7-1) Running out of time to make a run.

11. Jaguars (4-7) Jacksonville owns the tiebreakers over the Raiders and Browns.

12. Raiders (4-7) Las Vegas owns the tiebreaker over Cleveland.

13. Browns (4-7) Cleveland owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Pittsburgh

14. Steelers (4-7) Bad record and bad tiebreaker situation.

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15. Broncos (3-8) Not mathematically eliminated, but no real chance.

16. Texans (1-9-1) Also not mathematically eliminated, but even less of a chance.

37 responses to “Week 13 NFL playoff picture: Bills’ win over Patriots has AFC East implications

  1. 9. Patriots (6-6) Loss to the Bills hurt their chances significantly

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    Brady walking hurt their chances significantly

  2. How would the Bills vault past Miami with a KC loss?

    Obviously Bills need Miami to lose to SF in order for what your posting to be possible.

    You left out that major caveat.

  3. The Bengals helped to end the Bills playoff drought a few years ago – really hoping they can pull through for us again vs. KC this weekend. It would be great to get back in the driver’s seat for the 1 seed.

    As for the AFCE, that will still be a dogfight. It’s so cool that it’s such a strong division again, where basically every game is meaningful. The Pats had such an amazing run…it’s really about time they took the backseat for awhile and let some of the other teams shine.

  4. Looks like only softee missing from upcoming Ravens schedule is Little Sisters of the Poor. They should have 11 wins ez, and will do well until they need to come back from a multiple score deficit in the playoffs. Then, it will be Lamar-meet-couch, time.

  5. The early Brady years were not amazing. Defense won.

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    This kind of thinking is exact what was behind Belichick the garbage to believe that he could win without Brady.

    With the cheap squad, fans of Belichick the garbage think that Brady was supposed to help team get first round bye; deliver winning drives in SB; scored 24+ in back to back playoff games.

    For reference, in last playoff, only 3 out of 14 QB were able to score 24+ in back to back playoff games : Mahomes, Allen and Brady. It is utterly ignorant to think that Belichick’s defense won the SB in 2003 and 2004 seasons.

  6. Hard to believe the Pats might end up being 4th place in their division but that’s the state of things now.

  7. Crazy good conference with a TON of playoff implications on the line the next 4 weeks . Further proof that the NFL is the most compelling sport and the NFL scheduling committee is by far and away the best in the sportz biz. If only they didnt have to keep so many networks happy…oh how i wish i could get sunday ticket without having to sign up for the horrible, outdated and poorly conceived Dish Network, please Amazon, spend 1B and get sunday ticket….pwetty pwease.

  8. The Bills should get the W when Miami comes to Buffalo. The Bills are going to turn off their heated seats the same way the Dolphins made the Bills bake in the sun with no shade on their sidelines.

  9. Just put them under NO CHANCE already, if last night is any indication of how the last 6 games will go.

  10. billsrthefuture says:
    December 2, 2022 at 12:01 pm
    The Bengals helped to end the Bills playoff drought a few years ago – really hoping they can pull through for us again vs. KC this weekend. It would be great to get back in the driver’s seat for the 1 seed.

    As for the AFCE, that will still be a dogfight. It’s so cool that it’s such a strong division again, where basically every game is meaningful. The Pats had such an amazing run…it’s really about time they took the backseat for awhile and let some of the other teams shine.

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    Again, Miami is in drivers seat.

  11. And Coach Belichick does have a lot to prove.

    BB benefited for almost 20 years from a cheating QB padding his stats in the worst division in professional sports.

    Now he has to coach up a young QB and no thanks to his hiring and personnel decisions it’s not looking so good right now.

  12. bostonblows says:
    December 2, 2022 at 11:53 am
    How would the Bills vault past Miami with a KC loss?

    Obviously Bills need Miami to lose to SF in order for what your posting to be possible.

    You left out that major caveat.

    It says (unless they updated it after you posted…)

    2. Bills (9-3) Buffalo fans are rooting for Kansas City and Miami losses, which would vault the Bills into the No. 1 line.

  13. Brady was around in 2019 and they lost in the fist round of the playoffs to Ryan Tanehill at home. AFC East will regress after next year, with Buffalo being in cap hell from going all in to win the championship like the Rams did the last couple of years. Miami will need to decide on extending Tua which means they won’t be able to keep both Waddle and Hill.

  14. “bostonblows says:
    December 2, 2022 at 1:04 pm
    billsrthefuture says:
    December 2, 2022 at 12:01 pm
    The Bengals helped to end the Bills playoff drought a few years ago – really hoping they can pull through for us again vs. KC this weekend. It would be great to get back in the driver’s seat for the 1 seed.

    As for the AFCE, that will still be a dogfight. It’s so cool that it’s such a strong division again, where basically every game is meaningful. The Pats had such an amazing run…it’s really about time they took the backseat for awhile and let some of the other teams shine.

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    Again, Miami is in drivers seat.”
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    Technically, if KC lost – both Buffalo & Miami would control their own destiny for the 1 seed.

    And I’d give the Bills a slight edge, because the head-to-head matchup will be in Buffalo.

  15. Steelers are dangerous. Be afraid. They can explode for multiple scores on any given Sunday. Miguel says never ever count them out.

    They’d be undefeated right now except for that holding call or whatever

  16. Our tiebreaker situation is actually good in the AFCN. The Steelers will continue to stack wins as they run the table. The NFL schedule makers did us no favors by scheduling 2 brutal road games in a row but this year’s team is on a mission! GO STEELERS!

  17. GoodellMustGo says:
    December 2, 2022 at 1:21 pm
    And Coach Belichick does have a lot to prove.

    BB benefited for almost 20 years from a cheating QB padding his stats in the worst division in professional sports.

    Now he has to coach up a young QB and no thanks to his hiring and personnel decisions it’s not looking so good right now.
    ===============

    Don’t hold back. This is a safe space.

  18. Mahomes has wrecked the AFC West in the same way that Brady wrecked the AFC East all those years. The other teams in the division are so focused on trying to beat “that guy” that it consumes them and causes poor long term decisions.

  19. It did not hurt much. Whether the Pats are one and done in a wildcard game or finish their season the week before is of little difference. It was never going to be more than that anyhow. Thats why the focus is so much on just developing the team at this point so it can become something that we can start hanging bigger hopes on.

    Mac Jones was spot on correct btw.

  20. Although things look rough for the Patriots, they should be looking long term. With Bill having more seasons behind him than in front of him, they need to go out this off season and get him help.

    Fire Patricia, trade for Russell Wilson, and appoint him starting QB & Offensive Coordinator. Although this could cost them as much as three first round draft picks, it would be well worth it. Russell is a HOF QB, a draft pick, regardless of which round, is always a crap shoot..

    In his final few years coaching, Bill should be able to concentrate on what he likes most, and does best which is coaching his Defense! Russ could manufacture a Real Offense that would work with his strength and the strength of his fellow offensive players….

  21. So this is what Patriot fans were saying about games that matter in December and January? Getting smoked by the Bills? Hmm… interesting.

  22. No way the Patriots make the playoffs. They will end up with an 8-9 or 7-10 record. As far as next season, if Bill (or the Krafts make Bill) hire an legitimate offensive coordinator and offensive line coach,they should be much more competitive next season (not saying Super Bowl contender), but a legimate playoff team. Plus they do have a ton of cap space. If Bill is to stubborn to make changes, then maybe it’s time for the Krafts to fire Bill. I doubt that will happen as I fully expect Bill to bring in better coaches for the offense next season.

  23. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 2, 2022 at 1:49 pm
    Brady was around in 2019 and they lost in the fist round of the playoffs to Ryan Tanehill at home. AFC East will regress after next year, with Buffalo being in cap hell from going all in to win the championship like the Rams did the last couple of years. Miami will need to decide on extending Tua which means they won’t be able to keep both Waddle and Hill.
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    Cap hell? The Bills could release Ed Oliver as a post June 1 release and be back under the cap. Oliver’s production could be found from a player drafted in the 3rd round at the earliest. Yeah. Cap hell!

  24. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 2, 2022 at 1:49 pm
    Brady was around in 2019 and they lost in the fist round of the playoffs to Ryan Tanehill at home. AFC East will regress after next year, with Buffalo being in cap hell from going all in to win the championship like the Rams did the last couple of years. Miami will need to decide on extending Tua which means they won’t be able to keep both Waddle and Hill.
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    Hill has already been paid. Waddle was a rookie last year so we have time for that. Tua is next up but he’s not going to command Russell Wilson or Watson money. Waiting for teams to fall because of cap issues is a curious way to build a winning team lol.

  25. William Lee says:
    December 2, 2022 at 7:52 pm
    trade for Russell Wilson,

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    You must be joking.
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    No, unfortunately the Patriots’ Offense is the joke…..

  26. Cap hell? The Bills could release Ed Oliver as a post June 1 release and be back under the cap. Oliver’s production could be found from a player drafted in the 3rd round at the earliest. Yeah. Cap hell!
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    Over the past 4 weeks, Ed Oliver leads in pressures, has multiple forced fumbles, and had key safety on Turkey day. He was up for DPOW last week, and has absolutely played great the past year and a half. Not only is he NOT getting cut, he’ll be extended (which also can save money against the cap).

  27. Denver and their fans know zilch about football.

    They are trying desperately to disparage a first ballet HOF QB in Russell Wilson.

    Trade for him. Give them the three firsts and three seconds they’ll demand and go on another string of SB wins.

  28. No, unfortunately the Patriots’ Offense is the joke…..

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Unless Belichick the garbage gives his QB some serious deep threats, it will be worse with a running QB.

    See how badly Rodgers has been struggling since the loss of Davante Adam?

  29. William Lee says:
    December 3, 2022 at 11:49 am

    No, unfortunately the Patriots’ Offense is the joke…..

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Unless Belichick the garbage gives his QB some serious deep threats, it will be worse with a running QB.

    See how badly Rodgers has been struggling since the loss of Davante Adam?

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    Brady is struggling without Gronk and AB. He is in the same offense that Jameis Winston threw for 5K yards.

  30. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 3, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    William Lee says:
    December 3, 2022 at 11:49 am

    No, unfortunately the Patriots’ Offense is the joke…..

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Unless Belichick the garbage gives his QB some serious deep threats, it will be worse with a running QB.

    See how badly Rodgers has been struggling since the loss of Davante Adam?

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    Brady is struggling without Gronk and AB. He is in the same offense that Jameis Winston threw for 5K yards.

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    How could it be the same offense from 4 years ago?

    Also, Winston was so good, he threw 30 picks. It would take Brady 5 or more years to equal that level of destruction with the football in his hands.

    Brady is 100 years old and still better than 90% of the QBs in this league.

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