The battle of Lake Erie? That’s how things currently sit in the AFC playoff picture.
That’s right, if the Buffalo Bills were entering the playoffs next weekend, their opponent? The Cleveland Browns. There’s two big reasons for that.
First, there’s a packed house behind the Bills in the standings and the Browns are the team that’s currently just sticking above the rest. But the other reason is the Tennessee Titans.
The Bills and Titans share the same record, but Buffalo lost their head-to-head battle earlier this season. Now let’s get to the rest of the conference.
Here’s how the full AFC playoff picture looks in Week 13:
- Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) — AFC North leaders
- Kansas City Chiefs (10-1) — AFC West leaders
- Tennessee Titans (8-3) — AFC South leaders
- Buffalo Bills (8-3) — AFC East leaders
- Cleveland Browns (8-3) — Conference win percent tiebreaker over Dolphins, Colts
- Miami Dolphins (7-4) — Conference win percent tiebreaker over Colts
- Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
On the bubble
- Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
- Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
- New England Patriots (6-5)
- Denver Broncos (4-7)
- Houston Texans (4-7)
- Los Angeles Chargers (3-8)
- Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)
- New York Jets (0-11)
Note: At time of publication, the Steelers-Ravens’ Week 12 game has yet to be played due to COVID-19 postponements.