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NFL playoff picture: What does Bills-Saints mean for AFC, NFC standings

The Bills face the Saints in New Orleans on Thanksgiving. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills huddles with teammates during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Final score: The Bills crushed the Saints by a final score of 31-6. Buffalo improves to 7-4 and moves into a tie for first place with the Patriots in the AFC East. The second place team in the AFC East holds the top wild card berth for the time being. The Saints drop to 5-6 and are now 2.5 games back of the Buccaneers in the NFC South. New Orleans is now tied with Philadelphia and Carolina on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.

The New Orleans Saints host the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day in a game with significant playoff implications for both teams. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. and the game will air on NBC. The Bills are a 6.5-point road favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Bills playoff picture

Current AFC standing

The Bills are 6-4 and coming off an ugly loss to the Colts. Buffalo was 4-1 at one point but has gone 2-3 over their last five games and suddenly find themselves out of the division lead. The Patriots are now a half game up. With last week’s loss and the Patriots win, Buffalo dropped from a top four seed to No. 7. The Bills are tied with the Chargers and Bengals for the three wild card spots, and sitting a half game up on the Steelers, Colts, and Browns.

AFC playoff field schedule this week

Patriots vs. Titans
Chargers @ Broncos
Bengals vs. Steelers
Colts vs. Buccaneers
Browns @ Ravens

Saints playoff picture

Current NFC standing

The Saints have lost three straight to the Falcons, Titans, and Eagles, and now find themselves 5-5 and two games back of the first place Bucs in the NFC South. New Orleans is still a half game up on Carolina and a game up on Atlanta.

They are currently in seventh place in a messy NFC playoff race. The Vikings, Saints, and 49ers are tied for sixth place. Minnesota is in sixth due to conference record tiebreaker over the other two, and the Saints are in seventh place based on strength of victory over the 49ers. The Eagles and Panthers are a half game back and Washington and Atlanta are a full game back.

NFC playoff field schedule this week

Buccaneers @ Colts
Panthers @ Dolphins
Eagles @ Giants
Falcons @ Jaguars
Vikings @ 49ers