Can the Bills make the playoffs?

Can the Bills make the playoffs?
Posted at 7:33 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 19:34:38-05

Rex Ryan knows his team’s record.  He knows the team’s playoff drought.

He famously declared in his introductory press conference in January of the 2015 for Bills fans to get ready to go to the playoffs.

Buffalo finished 8-8 in his first year and missed out, extending their NFL record postseason drought to 16 years.

Through nine games this season the Bills are 4-5 overall.  They have a week to regroup, refocus and get healthy over the bye week, as they begin their playoff push.

"Our guys, we want it in the worst way.  Not just for ourselves either. We understand how our fan base wants this thing almost as bad as we do,” Ryan said during a teleconference with reporters on Tuesday. 

“We just have to focus and find ways to get on a roll and it starts with winning one game. That's where the focus has to be."

The analytics website fivethirtyeight.com projects the Bills have a 20 percent chance at making the playoffs and will finish the year 8-8.

One game at a time is an age old adage, “coach speak”, if you will.  But, it underscores the importance of the Bills needing to be, as they say “All In”, the final seven weeks.

Buffalo is 1-4 in AFC action this season and all seven of their final games are against AFC opponents.

Here is a look at the Bills schedule and the standings heading into Week 10.

Week 10 – Bye
Week 11 – at Cincinnati
Week 12 – Vs. Jacksonville
Week 13 – at Oakland
Week 14 – Vs. Pittsburgh
Week 15 – Vs. Cleveland
Week 16 – Vs. Miami
Week 17 – at New York (Jets)

AFC STANDINGS (Through Week 9)

1. New England 7-1 (6-1 AFC)
2. Oakland 7-2 (5-1 AFC)
3. Houston 5-3 (3-2 AFC)
4. Baltimore 4-4 (4-2 AFC)
5. Kansas City 6-2 (5-2 AFC)
6. Denver 6-3 (4-2 AFC)
7. Miami 4-4 (4-3 AFC)
8. Pittsburgh 4-4 (3-3 AFC)
9. San Diego 4-5 (3-4 AFC)
10. Indianapolis 4-5 (2-4 AFC)
11. Tennessee 4-5 (3-4 AFC)
12. Buffalo 4-5 (1-4 AFC)