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Breaking Down the 9-Way Race for the 6th AFC Playoff Spot

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a deciding factor in the AFC wild card race. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

At 4-7 and trailing in the AFC East by four games, making the playoffs isn’t supposed to be considered realistic for the Buffalo Bills.

While there have been 10 NFL playoff teams since 2007 with seven or more losses, only five of those teams have been wild card teams. And there is certainly a big difference between teams who finished the year 9-7 or even 8-8, and expecting the Bills, who have not won consecutive games yet this season, to put together a significant winning streak to secure a playoff berth.

Coming out of Buffalo’s Week 12 bye, however, the possibility should not be ruled out. And that isn’t just blind optimism from a Bills perspective. In the American Football Conference, in which only five teams have winning records, there are still nine teams with a realistic of being the AFC’s second wild card and sixth playoff team.

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Buffalo Bills Respond in Dominant Fashion In 37-14 Win vs. New York Jets

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

EJ Manuel bounced back for a big day against the New York Jets on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Many people, myself included, counted the Buffalo Bills out of contention this season after a bad loss to a reeling Pittsburgh Steelers team last week. The talk of the team’s demise was apparently premature. From the beginning of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, the Bills set the tone with physicality and big plays. The Bills won, 37-14, and climbed right back into the playoff race, moving up to 4-7, just 1.5 games behind the Jets, who sit in the sixth playoff spot but fell to 5-5 with Sunday’s loss.

I took a look back at my key questions entering the game to see how well the Bills answered them in their dominating win.

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