For most of the season, the Buffalo Bills held a comfortable lead within the AFC East and it looked like they were well on their way to a second straight division title. However, since their bye week they were alternating wins and losses while the New England Patriots brought a six-game win streak into their matchup with the Bills in Week 13.
Unfortunately, the Patriots continued that winning streak with a 14-10 victory over the Bills on a windy night in Highmark Stadium. The Patriots would jump Buffalo for the division title and the focus for the Bills would turn to just holding onto a playoff spot.
However, after the results of this weekend the AFC East division title is once again a real possibility for Buffalo. The Bills were able to come away with a 31-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers, one day after the New England Patriots lost to the Indianapolis Colts.
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots for AFC East title in Week 16
This weekend’s matchup now between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots puts the winner of the matchup as the favorite to win the division. Both teams are entering this weekend’s game with one division loss, with the Bills losing to the Patriots in Week 13 and the Patriots losing to the Dolphins in Week 1.
If the Buffalo Bills and Patriots were both to finish with the same record, the tiebreaker would then essentially be the division records. The loser of this coming weekend’s matchup would then have at least two losses within the division and lose that tiebreaker.
After Week 16, both teams have very winnable matchups in the final two weeks with the Bills playing home games against the Falcons and Jets. As for the Patriots, they finish the year with a home game against the Jaguars and a road game against the Dolphins, a team that has been playing much better and is currently in the midst of their own six-game win streak.
There are plenty of playoff scenarios at this time of year with as many teams competing for playoff spots in the AFC. However, after Week 15 it has become straightforward for the Buffalo Bills: win out and secure a playoff spot for the third straight year and an AFC East division title for the second consecutive year.