Oct 12, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) celebrates his second half touchdown against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium. New England beats Buffalo 37 to 22. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills are coming off of their bye week and getting ready to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are also 5-3 as well as 2 other teams, both of which the Bills are set to play in the next couple of weeks. This stretch, here, for the Bills is probably the most important one on the playoffs.
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The Bills have the Chiefs, Browns, and Dolphins are log jammed with them at 5-3. They also face them all in the next 4 weeks, with the Jets mixed in there as well. With wins against all the teams in the next 4 weeks, it will put the Bills at 9-3 and a sound grasp on the playoffs.
During their bye, the Bills dropped in both the power rankings and the playoff race, but ares till in contention, based on these next couple of weeks.
The Bills dropped from 16th to 18 in the power rankings. That was kind of expected seeing as the Bills don’t get a lot of love anyways.
As far as the playoff picture is concerned, the Bills dropped there as well from the 6th seed to the 8th seed, but the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th seeds are all tied with a 5-3record. The 5th seed is the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 6-3 record, but they have not had their bye week yet, so that could easily change.
Buffalo is still in it and really controls their own destiny at this point. With wins over teams that are sitting with the same record and in front of them in the standings, over the next couple of weeks, the Bills have a very good chance to break the 14 year playoff drought and make it in as a wild card and even, if the Patriots begin to slip a bit, win the division. I am looking at the Bills having the last two weekends, against the Raiders and the Patriots, being their make it or break it games to get into the playoffs.