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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 16 if you are a Buffalo Bills fan

Week 16 is here and the Buffalo Bills are just outside the playoff picture. Who should Bills fans root for to help their chances?

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The Bills grabbed a huge win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15 to set themselves up for a potential run to the playoffs. Now at 8-6, they currently sit outside the top seven teams in the AFC but are very much within reach of a postseason berth. The Bills face the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend and need a win to continue on the path to the playoffs. They close out the season with games against the Patriots and the Dolphins.

If you are a Buffalo Bills fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth.

Result: The Bills pulled out a close one over the Chargers 24-22. It was a must win and they got it done. They now wait for the Texans-Browns result.

Bengals vs. Steelers

Result: Steelers beat the Bengals 34-11 to go 8-7, while the Bengals also go to 8-7, giving the Bills a chance to pass them in the playoff race with a win tonight.

The Bengals have a head-to-head win over the Bills and have the same record as Buffalo. A Buffalo win combined with a Cincinnati loss would push the Bills ahead of the Bengals in the tight Wild Card race. A Steelers win would still leave Pittsburgh behind the Bills in the AFC standings.

The Bengals are 1.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cowboys vs. Dolphins

If the Dolphins enter their final game of the season just one game ahead of the Bills and the Bills win the head-to-head, Buffalo can surpass the Wild Card and go straight for a division title. It’s a long shot, but Bills fans can root for the Cowboys to win this week to make that outcome more realistic.

The Dolphins are 1.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Texans vs. Browns

Result: The Browns beat the Texans easily without C.J. Stroud, 36-22. This is great for the Bills, who have a firm grasp on the 6th seed in the AFC.

A Texans loss would help break the tie if Buffalo wins this week. Both teams currently sit at 8-6 with Houston winning the tiebreaker. Similarly, a Jaguars loss and a Colts loss would bump Buffalo up in the standings by breaking the Wild Card tie.

The Texans are 2.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.