Who to root for | where the bills stand in the AFC Playoff race for Week 17 - BuffaloBills.com

The Buffalo expenses are AFC East champs for the third consecutive season, so now the most effective query remains what seed they could be within the AFC Playoffs.

The bills had been the No. 1 seed for the reason that the conclusion of Week 13 and nevertheless handle their route to securing homefield advantage for the playoffs. The easiest route for that is to win their ultimate two video games (at Cincinnati, vs. New England) and they'll be the 1-seed even with different effects across the NFL.

If the bills had been to lose one among their ultimate two video games, that would make the chance a little extra murky. although, Buffalo remains guaranteed to host a playoff online game because of winning the division. The bills might turn out to be as the No. 1, No. 2 or No. three seed, depending on the results of the next two weeks.

So we're here to wreck down these advantage eventualities. right here's where Buffalo's playoff chances stand entering Week 17.

chance of securing No. 1 seed: forty eight% (Down from fifty three% in Week sixteen)

possibility of winning tremendous Bowl: 19% (Down from 20% in Week sixteen)

here's who you'll want to be rooting for in Week 17

Buffalo expenses (12-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (eleven-four) — Monday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN/ABC

Who to root for: certainly, root for the bills however nevertheless there may be an awful lot to know about how this outcomes could impact the AFC playoff race.

The condition: The bills can clinch the AFC No. 1 seed in Week 17 with a win + a Kansas city loss vs. Denver. The Bengals can clinch the AFC North with a win + a Ravens loss vs. the Steelers.

whereas the Bengals are a online game behind each the bills and Chiefs, a Cincy win over Buffalo on MNF + a Chiefs win over the Broncos would circulate the bills down to the No. three seed in the AFC and Cincy up to No. 2.

If these expertise seedings live the same after Week 18, the bills would ought to go on the street for both the AFC Divisional online game and AFC Championship video game to be able to reach the tremendous Bowl. =

The Bengals are also still in play for the 1-seed because of their Week 13 win over the Chiefs and would own head-to-head tiebreakers over each the expenses and Chiefs in the event that they beat Buffalo on MNF.

or not it's a lot of eventualities to juggle without delay but the most vital element is still that the expenses are nevertheless within the most advantageous place of the three groups to cozy homefield expertise. A win over the Bengals would raise Buffalo's chances for the 1-seed from forty eight% to 87% if the Chiefs have been to beat the Broncos.

Denver Broncos (4-eleven) at Kansas metropolis Chiefs (12-three) — Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. on CBS

Who to root for: Root for the Broncos. As specific prior, a Broncos win + a bills win would supply Buffalo homefield potential all the way through the AFC Playoffs.

The condition: The Broncos fired first-12 months head instruct Nathaniel Hackett this week and will have Senior Assistant Jerry Rosburg because the meantime head teach for the game. The Chiefs are four-0 at domestic considering dropping to the bills in Week 6.

Miami Dolphins (8-7) at New England Patriots (7-8) — Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. on CBS

Who to root for: Take your decide on, bills Mafia.

The condition: The Dolphins and Patriots are struggling with for an AFC Wild Card spot because the Dolphins are presently the 7th seed in the playoff race while the Patriots are on the backyard looking in. The seventh seed will trip to the No. 2 seed in the Wild Card circular of the AFC playoffs (at present Kansas metropolis is 2-seed).

if you want to see the Dolphins' playoff options take successful, root for the Patriots. A Miami loss would drop their postseason odds from fifty eight% to forty two%

in case you are looking to see the Patriots pass over the playoffs absolutely, root for the Dolphins. a new England loss would eliminate them from postseason contention.

premier Case and Worst Case situations for the 1-seed

A expenses WIN + Chiefs LOSS = Buffalo clinches the 1-seed and homefield abilities

A expenses LOSS + Chiefs WIN = Buffalo drops to No. three seed within the AFC, chances for No. 1 seed drop from forty eight% to 10%

a different scenario to consider

A bills LOSS + Chiefs LOSS = Buffalo drops to No. 2 seed in AFC, Kansas city drops to No. three seed and Cincinnati moves as much as No. 1 seed. expenses options for No. 1 seed drop from 48% to twenty-eight%.

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