Buffalo Bills remain in first place ahead of pivotal AFC East matchup

Kaiir Elam, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)
Kaiir Elam, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Buffalo Bills extended their win streak to four games on Sunday night with a 27-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Bills remain in first place in both the AFC East and the AFC conference with a 6-1 record.

However, the focus now turns to next Sunday in a pivotal AFC East matchup as the Bills are still in search of their first division win. To this point, they have only played one game but lost that contest back in Week 3 to the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills will look for that first win on the road against the New York Jets, who surprisingly are 5-3 and currently in second place in the division. The Jets just saw a win streak of three games end on Sunday with a 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

The reason the Jets are second is that they currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Miami Dolphins, who are also 5-3. The Dolphins have bounced back after three straight losses to win their last two games with a 16-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7 and then a 31-27 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 8.

Buffalo Bills’ goals for the season go beyond the division

The focus for the Buffalo Bills this season goes beyond the AFC East as they look like one of the favorites to reach, and win, the Super Bowl. However, the best path to reach that goal is with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and the number one seed in the AFC.

For the Bills to achieve that, then they need to ensure that they win the AFC East for the third straight year. While the loss to the Dolphins in Week 3 creates some challenges, a win over the Jets puts them right back on track to achieve that goal this season.