Late night discussion: Who is a Wild Card threat?

October 09, 2019 - 2:06 am

The Bills head into their bye week in a good spot at 4-1. An ESPN-owned analytics platform, FiveThirtyEight.com gives Buffalo the fourth highest odds to make the playoffs in the NFL.

Their strength of schedule will continue to fall in favor of Buffalo as seven games left on the schedule are against teams below .500. Five are against teams without even one win.

With key injuries at quarterback to many expected AFC playoff contenders (Jaguars QB Nick Foles, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, and Jets QB Sam Darnold) and many disappointing starts for others, the once loaded conference doesn't seem to have as many serious threats to push the Bills.

Who are those teams left that could keep Buffalo from playing into January?

Fans took to Twitter for Tuesday's late night discussion to give their two cents.

Your own worst enemy?

Three games above .500, a favorable schedule, and an elite defense at their disposal, many fans believe the Bills becoming their own worst enemy is the only way there isn't a playoff berth in 2019.

AFC teams to watch out for

The Chargers and Colts were the two most popular choices. Los Angeles has had a slow start to the season at 2-3 but many contributors to the discussion believe the popular Super Bowl pick will get it together.

The Colts are coming off a big win in Kansas City. If Houston continues to control the AFC South, Indianapolis has emerged as a favorite for one of the final two playoff spots.

There are still some that think Cleveland will turn it around. One would imagine if they do, Baltimore would certainly be in the mix for a Wild Card spot.

Author's choice

Before the season, it appeared the AFC had as many as 12 teams that at least on paper, looked like potential contenders. Now, there might be seven or eight.

The Bills are in a great spot right now. The correct answer likely is they are their own worst enemy.

However, the two teams that will push Buffalo the most are the Chargers and the Colts.

The Chargers are just too talented to continue their mediocre play. They also will get a top-tier player back from injury in S Derwin James down the stretch.

The Colts are run by what should be the Coach of the Year favorite in Frank Reich. Despite the retirement of Andrew Luck, Reich has Indianapolis in every game, regardless of the opponent.

If Cleveland found a way to turn it around, the Browns or Ravens are serious threats that the Bills play head to head. However, Cleveland's offensive issues run deep and they don't have a proven core that has overcome adversity in the past.

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