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1 minute ago, Scott7975 said:

The first tie breaker is common opponents.  They beat the Browns.  We lost.  So if they lose to Miami then we are even again I think and it would move to next breaker.


In this hypothetical scenario we beat the Ravens and they already lost to them. 

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Just now, Warcodered said:

If they lose to Miami we win with the better division record. If they lose to Cincinnati we can win with the better AFC record.

Yes but its because losing to Miami or Cinci moves the tie breaker down past common opponents because with one of those losses we would have tied in that category.

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16 minutes ago, JR in Pittsburgh said:

That second scenario isn’t super unlikely. I think the Dolphins could have the Pats number the way they are both playing. 

Nah.  The Dolphins don't have the talent to compete with the Patriots.  The Patriots secondary will eat Fitz alive.

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Just now, BillsfaninSB said:


In this hypothetical scenario we beat the Ravens and they already lost to them. 

They also beat Philly?

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2 minutes ago, Scott7975 said:

The first tie breaker is common opponents.  They beat the Browns.  We lost.  So if they lose to Miami then we are even again I think and it would move to next breaker.

Miami is in our division. If they lose to Miami and we win out (beating Pats and Jets) then we are 5-1 in division and they would be 4-2.  

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Just now, PetermansRedemption said:

I don’t know man, the Patriots of this year aren’t the Patriots of the past. I’ve watched every nationally televised pats game and caught the rest on NFL Redzone. They don’t at all scare me and I doubt they scare anyone looking at them as a playoff matchup this year. Brady is averaging 55% completion, 230 yards, a TD, and an INT per game. Those are extremely beatable numbers. If Allen doesn’t get cheap shot out of the game the Bills has a real opportunity to beat them as well. Bills basically had to try to hand them that game. 

I’m with ya there. These don’t look like the typical cheats we’ve come to know and hate. I’d love it to be true, but we’re already playing catch-up and have a massively difficult game this weekend. We beat the Ravens then things definitely change for me. 

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Just now, Ethan in Portland said:

Miami is in our division. If they lose to Miami and we win out (beating Pats and Jets) then we are 5-1 in division and they would be 4-2.  

 

Yes but the first tie breaker is common opponents.  Why is this hard to understand?  They have a better record against common opponents.  So with a loss to Miami or Cinci it would even out and move to the division.  You are correct but not entirely on why.

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2 minutes ago, Bferra13 said:

The Browns looked lost today. No pressure, secondary was brutal. Steelers wont push the Bills around like that. Especially with Duck Dogers or whatever his name is. Tough place to play, but on paper no reason to lose that one.

Don't underestimate that Steelers defense.  They are playing extremely well.  Watt is putting pressure on the QB.  Minkah is leading in Interceptions...and they stop the run.  This will be a tough game.  In fact, all our four AFC North games are tough. 

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2 minutes ago, Scott7975 said:

 

Yes but the first tie breaker is common opponents.  Why is this hard to understand?  They have a better record against common opponents.  So with a loss to Miami or Cinci it would even out and move to the division.  You are correct but not entirely on why.

You are incorrect, division record is higher priority than common opponents.

 

https://www.nfl.com/standings/tiebreakingprocedures

To Break A Tie Within A Division

If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.

Two Clubs

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss
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3 minutes ago, Scott7975 said:

 

Yes but the first tie breaker is common opponents.  Why is this hard to understand?  They have a better record against common opponents.  So with a loss to Miami or Cinci it would even out and move to the division.  You are correct but not entirely on why.


lol. Exactly. Why is this so hard to understand?

 

 

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1 minute ago, SDS said:


lol. Exactly. Why is this so hard to understand?

 

 

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Well damn.  My bad.  I thought 2 and 3 were flipped for whatever reason when I read it.  Apologies.

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3 minutes ago, ganesh said:

Don't underestimate that Steelers defense.  They are playing extremely well.  Watt is putting pressure on the QB.  Minkah is leading in Interceptions...and they stop the run.  This will be a tough game.  In fact, all our four AFC North games are tough. 

Agreed, but their offense was rough. Browns called a bad defensive game and executed even worse. They probably have Connors and Juju back by then though, who both missed today's game. It's going to be interesting here on out that's for sure.

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3 minutes ago, Scott7975 said:

 

Well damn.  My bad.  I thought 2 and 3 were flipped for whatever reason when I read it.  Apologies.


no worries. I thought 4 and 3 were flipped until about 20 minutes ago. 

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19 minutes ago, BillsfaninSB said:


if the Bills win out aren’t they the #1 seed regardless?  


 NE has to lose one other game, besides the one to us in that scenario. 

Can I just say, I love all us Bills fans doing playoff math together. It’s like teaching calculus to kindergartners. 

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1 minute ago, SDS said:


no worries. I thought 4 and 3 were flipped until about 20 minutes ago. 

 

I don't really mind being wrong.  Im wrong all the time... but I do hate giving misinformation so thanks for the correction.

Fitz still loves Buffalo so I bet he would be thrilled beating the Pats and sending Buffalo to the top of the division if it came down to that :)

 

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It would be the stupidest thing ever if common opponents beat out division record.  I guess I wouldn't put it past the NFL then. 

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The fact we are even having this conversation In December just goes to show you how far they have come.  This is awesome!

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44 minutes ago, Scott7975 said:

The division is in play.  Buffalo just has to do its business and win.  The Pats are not that good.  All the talk about us being the worst team with a good record should have been talked about the Pats.

There's a good chance that if we win the division, we also get the #1 seed.

 

It will be a fun next few weeks.

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43 minutes ago, ganesh said:

Nah.  The Dolphins don't have the talent to compete with the Patriots.  The Patriots secondary will eat Fitz alive.

 

Which Fitz?

 

The eternal question. 

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59 minutes ago, Ethan in Portland said:

Just beat Baltimore.  I am most worried about on the road in Pittsburgh.  


Duck looks good too. Throws a really nice, accurate deep ball— had about 3-4 gorgeous throws today. I think they will have to blitz him and play a lot of zone.

 

on offense, just have to try to run the ball and JA has to play smart.

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1 hour ago, JR in Pittsburgh said:

That second scenario isn’t super unlikely. I think the Dolphins could have the Pats number the way they are both playing. 

Don't rule out Cincinnati either.

 

That's a home game for the Bengals, and they have been playing tough the last few weeks.

 

They could have beaten the Raiders & Steelers prior to today's game.

 

That will not be an easy win for the Patriots*.

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Home field means less and less to a team like ours.  Do we wanna be home?  Of course we do.

 

Is it a 3 point advantage for the other team in their house?  Maybe for some teams, but the Bills Mafia represents in virtually every stadium, and our fans dampen the crowd noise enough that our offense can audible anywhere, and our defense gets to communicate better. (Tremaine always says how much he loves our home crowd but the noise makes it hard for him to communicate)

 

I think if Daboll gets out of Josh's way we can start doing 28-35 pt games and it won't matter who or where we play.  Our defense can work with those numbers.....

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I was just in the ESPN playoff machine for the same reasons, but the key is 10-3. Just beat Baltimore and hope we still have this dream alive next Sunday night. Home game and long week to prepare helps balance out facing the hottest team in football right now.

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