Buffalo Bills: 3 differences with this year’s 7-3 start compared to last year
Playing for a division title, not a Wild Card
The biggest difference for the Buffalo Bills this year is that 7-3 is now good enough to win the AFC East and not necessarily just a Wild Card spot. Last year, the division still had Tom Brady and the dominant New England Patriots. While the Bills were close to first place, it never really felt like they could truly overtake the franchise that has controlled the AFC East for nearly two decades.
This season though, the Patriots are still struggling to find their way after Tom Brady left in free agency and the race is wide open. The Buffalo Bills do currently sit in the first place but the Miami Dolphins are not far behind at 6-3. Since the Bills are on a bye, the Dolphins could potentially have the same record as the Bills after this weekend.
However, the Bills will still remain in first place in the AFC East due to winning the first matchup between these two teams.
The reason that a division title is so important, aside from the historical implications of ending a 25-year drought, it will mean the Bills would play a home playoff game instead of having to go on the road as a Wild Card team. While there may not be fans in the stands, playing inside Bills Stadium in January would still give them some home-field advantage.