Bills Projected by ESPN to Face Familiar Foe in Playoffs After Week 16

The Buffalo Bills are projected by ESPN to face a familiar foe in the playoffs after Week 16.
The Buffalo Bills are projected by ESPN to face a familiar foe in the playoffs after Week 16. / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

The Buffalo Bills were able to salvage a season split against the New England Patriots with a win. Don't look now, but the possibility of a playoff matchup between these AFC East enemies is only growing stronger.

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According to ESPN's FPI, the Bills have a 66% chance to finish as the No. 3 seed in the AFC. Of course, Buffalo has two matchups left against a pair of teams currently under .500 (the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets). Whether they can catch up to the Tennessee Titans remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, the Patriots currently own the second AFC Wild Card spot and have a 53% chance of staying put right there. New England's chances of pulling ahead of the Indianapolis Colts in the standings are not likely given Frank Reich's squad owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Despite having a rivalry that dates back to the 1960s, the Bills and Patriots have never met in the playoffs during the Super Bowl era. Watching quarterback Josh Allen duke it out with rookie Mac Jones for the third time in one season would definitely be a joy for even the most casual of NFL fans.

Of course, everything could change in the next two weeks as each squad will look to take care of business. The Bills head into Week 17 as 14-point favorites over the Falcons, while the Patriots are slated as 15.5-point favorites over the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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