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Can Bills Make Push for Playoffs?

So, Bills Nation, do you think the Bills can make a push for the playoffs?  Where's Jim Mora when you need him. Playoffs! Playoffs?

Its still a long shot but perhaps the win over Miami and Sunday's matchup with an Indianapolis Colts team that is currently holding down one of the two wild card playoff spots in the AFC has you thinking what if?

Here's aloof at where the Bills stand and what lies ahead for them over the final six weeks of the season.

Pittsburgh(6-4) and Indianapolis(6-4) are currently in the wildcard spots.  Cincinnati(5-5) is the only team at .500 in the conference.

The Bills are one of five teams with a 4-6 record along with the Jets, Miami, Tennessee and San Diego.  One of the key tie breakers is record in conference games and the Bills 3-5 mark in AFC contests is tied for the worst among all of those teams. The Colts and Chargers have the best records in AFC match ups at 4-3.

As you well know, the Bills are now in the "favorable" portion of the schedule.  Their remaining opponents have a combined winning percentage of just .400(24-35-1):
Indianapolis (6-4)
Jacksonville (1-9)
St. Louis       (3-6-1)
Seattle          (6-4)
Miami           (4-6)
NY Jets        (4-6)

If you believe the Bills won't be able to win enough games to make a run at a playoff spot, despite that schedule, its probably based on the fact their defense is one of the worst in the NFL.  But keep in mind they will face some of the league's worst offenses the rest of the way.  Check out the rankings of their opponents, based on average points scored per game(these were the rankings going into week eleven):
Indianapolis  22nd
Jacksonville  32nd
St. Louis         28th
Seattle            23rd
Miami             25th
NY Jets          24th

Here are the Quarterbacks they will face and their respective ratings going into week eleven:
Andrew Luck          26th
Blaine Gabbert      28th
Sam Bradford        19th
Russell Wilson      12th
Ryan Tannehill      29th
Mark Sanchez       30th

Here are the rankings for the opposing defenses, again based on average points per game and also going into week eleven:
Indianapolis     15th
Jacksonville     26th
St. Louis            19th
Seattle                4th
Miami                  8th
NY Jets              24th

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