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What Bills fans should be rooting for today

By Jay Skurski

Thursday's win against the Miami Dolphins improved the Buffalo Bills' playoff chances from none to slim.

Here's a look at the current AFC playoff picture, and each team's remaining games.

    1. Houston (8-1) -- vs. Jaguars, at Lions, at Titans, at Patriots, vs. Colts, vs. Vikings, at Colts. Combined record of remaining opponents: 33-32.
    2. Baltimore (7-2) -- at Steelers, at Chargers, vs. Steelers, at Redskins, vs. Broncos, vs. Giants, at Bengals. Combined record of remaining opponents: 35-29.
    3. New England (6-3) -- vs. Colts, at Jets, at Dolphins, vs. Texans, vs. 49ers, at Jaguars, vs. Dolphins. Combined record of remaining opponents: 32-32-1.
    4. Denver (6-3) -- vs. Chargers, at Chiefs, vs. Buccaneers, at Raiders, at Ravens, vs. Browns, vs. Chiefs. Combined record of remaining opponents: 23-40.
    5. Indianapolis (6-3) -- at Patriots, vs. Bills, at Lions, vs. Titans, at Texans, at Chiefs, vs. Texans. Combined record of remaining opponents: 35-30.
    6. Pittsburgh (6-3) -- vs. Ravens, at Browns, at Ravens, vs. Chargers, at Cowboys, vs. Bengals, vs. Browns. Combined record of remaining opponents: 30-33.
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    7. San Diego (4-5) -- at Broncos, vs. Ravens, vs. Bengals, at Steelers, vs. Panthers, at Jets, vs. Raiders. Combined record of remaining opponents: 31-32.
    8. Cincinnati (4-5) -- at Chiefs, vs. Raiders, at Chargers, vs. Cowboys, at Eagles, at Steelers, vs. Ravens. Combined record of remaining opponents: 28-35.
    9. Tennessee (4-6) -- at Jaguars, vs. Texans, at Colts, vs. Jets, at Packers, vs. Jaguars. Combined record of remaining opponents: 25-29.
    10. Buffalo (4-6) -- at Colts, vs. Jaguars, vs. Rams, vs. Seahawks, at Dolphins, vs. Jets. Combined record of remaining opponents: 23-32-1.


The best-case scenario for the Bills today would look like this:  

* Patriots defeat the Colts, setting up the Bills' biggest game of the season next week.
* Ravens defeat the Steelers, whose playoff hopes took a big hit with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's rib injury last week.
* Broncos defeat the Chargers.
* Chiefs upset the Bengals.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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