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How can Bills clinch a playoff spot in Week 17?

We discuss the scenarios that could see the Buffalo Bills clinching a playoff spot in Week 17.

Head coach Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills high fives Josh Allen #17 after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field on November 24, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills stumbled through the middle of the season, but over the past month have turned into the team nobody wants to face. The Bills went 3-5 across October and November before heading into their bye in Week 13. Since returning, they’ve won three straight, including notable wins at Kansas City and at home against Dallas.

The Bills remain in the hunt in the AFC East, sitting two games back of the Dolphins with two weeks remaining. They travel to face Miami, and if they win this week and the Dolphins lose to the Ravens, that game will be for the division title.

In the meantime, the Bills can clinch a playoff berth in Week 17 if they win and get an assortment of help.

Sunday 1 p.m. results: The Bills held off the Patriots. The Jaguars, Texans, and Colts all won, which eliminated scenarios all but one scenario. The Bills can clinch a playoff berth if the Steelers and Bengals each lose.

Sunday 4 p.m. results: The Steelers beat the Seahawks, so Buffalo cannot clinch a playoff berth this week.

Buffalo Bills playoff clinching scenarios - Week 17

  1. BUF win + PIT loss or tie + CIN loss or tie OR
  2. BUF win + PIT loss or tie + JAX loss or tie OR
  3. BUF win + PIT loss or tie + HOU loss or tie + IND loss or tie OR
  4. BUF win + CIN loss or tie + JAX loss or tie OR
  5. BUF win + CIN loss or tie + HOU loss or tie + IND loss or tie OR
  6. BUF tie + PIT loss + CIN loss + JAX loss OR
  7. BUF tie + PIT loss + CIN loss + HOU loss or tie OR
  8. BUF tie + PIT loss + CIN loss + IND loss or tie OR
  9. BUF tie + PIT loss + JAX loss + HOU loss or tie OR
  10. BUF tie + PIT loss + JAX loss + IND loss or tie OR
  11. BUF tie + PIT loss + HOU loss + IND loss OR
  12. BUF tie + CIN loss + JAX loss + HOU loss or tie OR
  13. BUF tie + CIN loss + JAX loss + IND loss or tie OR
  14. BUF tie + CIN loss + HOU loss + IND loss

The Bills are hosting the Patriots and are 12-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. Here is a rundown of the odds for the various games from which they need results in Week 17.

Steelers (+3.5) @ Seahawks
Bengals (+7) @ Chiefs
Jaguars (-7) vs. Panthers
Texans (-3.5) vs. Titans
Colts (-3) vs. Raiders