The Buffalo Bills are first and foremost looking to win their season finale against the New York Jets because of their own division.
If the Bills (10-6) beat the Jets (4-12), the AFC East title is theirs.
But there’s also seeding in the AFC to play for and there is potentially some good news coming out of Cincinnati.
The Bengals (10-6) will be without quarterback Joe Burrow in their finale as he is resting a lingering knee issue since they have little to play for. Cincinnati could still move up in the standings, but they’ve already won the AFC North.
In addition, other Cincy starters like running back Joe Mixon and defensive end Trey Hendrickson are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
This all makes things much more difficult for the Bengals in their season finale against the Cleveland Browns.
So why does this matter to Buffalo? With a Bills win and Cincinnati loss, Buffalo moves up to the No. 3 seed.
Still, it’s not a complete advantage one could say. The Browns will also be without some key starters, namely quarterback Baker Mayfield who was placed on injured reserve.
This game on the other side of Lake Erie in Cleveland will kickoff at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Considering that, the Bills will know where they stand in terms of potentially jumping the Bengals before their matchup with the Jets begins.