Here’s What Needs To Happen For The Bills To Make The Playoffs

The Buffalo Bills are 8-7, sitting in the eight spot in the AFC playoff hunt. The Bills are on the outside looking in, yet still have a chance to make the playoffs. Buffalo is coming off a 36-17 loss to the New England Patriots, after winning two games in a row. They need to bounce back this week with a win to make the playoffs.

Here's what needs to happen for the Bills to make the playoffs.

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1. Bills Win + Ravens Loss
The Bills battle the Miami Dolphins this week on the road, in a must-win scenario. Two weeks ago the Bills defeated the Dolphins 24-16 on the back of a two-touchdown day from running back LeSean McCoy. Even if the Bills win in this scenario, they still need the Baltimore Ravens to lose to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens crushed the Bengals 20-0 earlier in the season, forcing five turnovers and sacking quarterback Andy Dalton five times.

2. Bills Win + Chargers Loss Or Tie + Titans Loss Or Tie
A Bills win won't be easy against a Dolphins team that has four of their six wins at home. If both the Bills and the Ravens win this week, Buffalo still needs the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans to lose. The Chargers battle the Oakland Raiders this week and earlier this season Los Angeles won the matchup 17-16 on the road. Tennessee plays the Jacksonville Jaguars at home on Sunday and the Titans beat the Jaguars on the road 37-16 in Week 2.

3. Bills Tie + Chargers Loss + Titans Loss
The last time a Bills game ended in a tie was 1972, but if they tie this week it will be time for them to cross their fingers and hope for a Chargers and Titans loss. The Bills need to finish with a better record than both teams because of the NFL tiebreaker rules. Both the Chargers and Titans are favored in their games according to Vegas Insiders, which means it is unlikely that both teams lose on Sunday.

According to the NY Times N.F.L. Playoff Simulator, the Bills have a 20 percent chance of making the playoffs.

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