With six games left, the Buffalo Bills have put themselves in an excellent position to make the playoffs this season, and after defeating the Dolphins 37-20 last Sunday, the Bills are 7-3, which would put them in the playoffs if the season ended today.
The Bills’ offense woke up last Sunday, and on Wednesday, Bills QB Josh Allen was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Allen accounted for four touchdowns against Miami, and the team scored a season-high 37 points.
The success that Buffalo had on offense against the Dolphins is something that Allen believes can continue.
“I definitely don’t think it’s just a one-time thing how we played this weekend,” Allen said on Wednesday. “We’ve got a good sense of who we are as a team. I think we really kind of found our identities as an offense. We’re gonna continue to roll with what we’ve been doing. At the end of the day, it comes down to 11 vs. 11 on the field. Coach Bohl, my college coach, would say, “it’s a man whip man game.” How physical we are, how bad we want it, versus how bad they want it, and it’s what it comes down to. We got to go out there; we got to take it. The rest of the schedule, nothing’s gonna be handed to us. We gotta go try to find some wins.”
On Sunday, the Bills have an excellent chance to move to 8-3 when they host the Denver Broncos(3-7). According to Allen, Buffalo needs at least 10 wins to get to the postseason.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, I think you need to get at least 10 wins to get into the playoffs,” Allen said. “We’re sitting at seven. Not really sure how many games we have left. I can do the math in my head. I can (laughs). I know we got six or seven games left, whatever it is. We got to win some more games to kind of get in there.
‘Whether we have an opportunity to make the playoffs, I think we’ve got a good opportunity in front of us right now. But guys aren’t looking forward, we’re not talking about it, we’re taking it one week at a time, trying to win a football game this week.”
Winning 10 games is very doable for the Bills. Nothing is guaranteed against the Broncos, but Buffalo probably beats Denver on Sunday. So, based on what Allen said, the Bills need to win two of their final five games(@ Cowboys, Ravens, @ Steelers, @ Patriots, Jets) to get to 10, which they should be able to do when you consider that two out of their final five games are against the Steelers and Jets.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), the Bills have a 63.4% chance to make the playoffs, so if things continue to go their way, expect Buffalo to slide into the playoffs in 2019.