The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs last year, in miraculous fashion, after a spectacular Andy Dalton throw. At 9-7, they ended up as the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff race. This season, it doesn't look like they will be as lucky. However, there is still a chance that the Buffalo Bills make it into the playoffs. Also, I want to share that Aaron Maybin will be highlighted by CBS on Thanksgiving Day.

Remaining Buffalo Bills schedule

Buffalo had a tough schedule to start the season but has a favorable one to end. Currently, at 4-7, the Bills would likely need to win all of their remaining games to have a shot.

Below are the opponents they will face in the last five weeks. Also, here is a list of fantasy football waiver wire picks I recommended for Week 12.

  • @ Miami Dolphins
  • New York Jets
  • Detroit Lions
  • @ New England Patriots
  • Miami Dolphins

The Bills should have a fair shot in all those games, except the one on the road against the Patriots. It has been extraordinarily difficult for Buffalo to defeat Tom Brady at Foxborough, and this year should be no different. And even at 9-7, with five wins to end the year, Buffalo would need to beat out several other teams.


Currently, at 8-3, it is likely that the Los Angeles Chargers have the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff picture locked up. That leaves a handful of other teams competing for the final playoff spot.

The Baltimore Ravens are currently in the lead for that position at 6-5, with a head-to-head win against the Buffalo Bills. The remaining schedule for Baltimore is listed below.

  • @Atlanta Falcons
  • @Kansas City Chiefs
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • @Los Angeles Chargers
  • Cleveland Browns

It's certainly possible that Baltimore loses all three road games, and they will certainly be underdogs against the Chiefs and Chargers.

If Baltimore loses both of those latter games, they will finish at 8-8, which would be their most likely record.

Indianapolis Colts

Also at 6-5, the Colts are in excellent position to reclaim their spot in the AFC playoff picture thanks to the resurgence of Andrew Luck. The Colts also have an excellent remaining schedule.

  • @Jacksonville Jaguars
  • @Houston Texans
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • New York Giants
  • @Tennessee Titans

Like the Ravens, the Colts have three road games remaining.

However, they will probably be favorites in all of these games, except the one in Houston. Similar to Baltimore, the Colts hold a head-to-head win over Buffalo, which means the Bills would need the Colts to finish 8-8, which is certainly possible.

Tennessee Titans

Of all the teams competing for a final playoff position, this team is the most important. The Bills have a head-to-head tiebreaker and a better AFC record than the Titans, which means Bills fans should be rooting for the Titans to do as well as possible for the rest of the year. And they should do pretty well, considering their schedule.

  • New York Jets
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • @New York Giants
  • Washington Redskins
  • Indianapolis Colts

The Bills would need the Titans to lose just one of the above games, and they would hold the tiebreaker over the Titans, at 9-7.

Denver Broncos

A team that I don't feel anybody is really looking at could easily be the biggest threat to the Bills playoff chances. Denver plays just one team with a winning record in their final five games. Their remaining schedule is below, but I don't see them as a threat.

  • @Cincinnati Bengals
  • @San Francisco 49ers
  • Cleveland Browns
  • @Oakland Raiders
  • Los Angeles Chargers

If the Broncos win four-of-five games, the Bills will have no shot. Thankfully, three of these are on the road, so there's a chance the Broncos struggle.

Overall outlook

The Miami Dolphins should not be considered a threat, as the Bills get to play them twice. If the Bills win those games, the Dolphins are out. Although Cleveland is playing well, they should not be considered a real threat for the last playoff spot, at 4-6-1. If Buffalo can win all of their remaining games, and finish at 9-7, there is definitely a chance that first-year rookie Josh Allen can still make the playoffs. It all starts this week at Miami.