The road to the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs just got easier for Bills
It should be a fun end to the 2021 regular season this Sunday across the NFL, as the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets at Highmark Stadium for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff.
The Bills are currently the 4th seed in the AFC playoff picture, with a playoff berth clinched. The Bills can clinch the AFC East with a win over the Jets on Sunday, or a New England Patriots loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Bills are most likely to be the 3 or 4 seed, but they still have a shot at the 2 seed and a slim shot to drop for the 7 seed.
First off, how do the Bills fall to the 7th seed? It starts with a loss to the Jets on Sunday, with a Patriots win, a Colts win and a Chargers win. There’s only a five percent chance of that happening, according to Playoff Status.
But seed 2 has a slightly higher chance at 11%.
The Bills need to beat the Jets, and they needed losses from the Chiefs and Bengals. Kansas City plays the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati plays the Cleveland Browns. The Broncos and Browns were eliminated from the playoffs.
However, the losing Bengals have become much more likely. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will not play, along with the other Bengals starters, in favor of rest.
Star running back Joe Mixon won’t play either, after being placed on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
It looks like the Bengals are fine with not going higher than a 4 seed. That means the Bills have a better chance of advancing. However, it’s probably worth getting the 2 seed instead of the 3 seed, because that would probably be the difference between playing a team like the Raiders or the Chargers, or a team like the Colts, who have destroyed the Bills in November 41 -15.
If the Bills end up as the 3 seed, the Colts or Patriots will most definitely be the match. If they’re the second seed, they’ll guarantee themselves at least two playoff games at home, assuming they can win the Wild Card weekend.
Let’s see how everything goes.