The Buffalo Bills (10-6) want a win on Sunday or a loss by the New England Patriots (10-6) to clinch consecutive AFC East divisional titles for the primary time since claiming 4 straight from 1988-1991.
Of their manner? An previous divisional rival, the New York Jets (4-12), who’re taking part in for satisfaction in bringing one other last-place season to an finish.
These two groups will meet at 4:25 p.m. EST at Highmark Stadium in a Week 18 recreation the NFL flexed out of the early timeslot and into the afternoon slate.
The Patriots, who’re tied with Buffalo within the divisional standings, additionally had their regular-season finale towards the Miami Dolphins (8-8) flexed to the 4:25 p.m. EST window. Whereas New England and Buffalo are tied within the AFC East, the Bills at the moment maintain the tiebreaker with the Patriots primarily based on divisional data (Buffalo is 4-1 and New England is 3-2).
With a lot at stake when the Bills tackle the Jets, this Week 18 matchup will probably be CBS’ late broadcast for a lot of the nation, particularly a lot of the northeast (outdoors of the Patriots’ major market), all the nation’s heartland and far of the Midwest.
CBS is sending Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Trent Inexperienced (analyst), and Melanie Collins (sideline reporter) to Orchard Park to name the Jets/Bills recreation.
The areas that may see the sport are highlighted in blue (map courtesy of 506sports):
Moreover the Bills/Jets conflict, the remainder of the CBS late slate of video games options the Carolina Panthers visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (in crimson), and the New England Patriots on the Miami Dolphins (inexperienced).
Sunday’s matchup would be the 123rd assembly all-time between these groups. Buffalo leads the all-time collection 66-56 and has received 4 of the final 5 matchups with the Jets, together with 45-17 in Week 10.
In that final assembly, Josh Allen moved the offense up and down the sphere at will, directing an offense that rolled up a season-high 489 yards of offense. Allen completed with a season-high 366 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, Stefon Diggs caught eight passes for a season-best 162 yards and a TD, and Gabriel Davis added 105 receiving yards on three catches. Tre’Davious White, Levi Wallace, Jordan Poyer and Taron Johnson added interceptions and Micah Hyde pressured and recovered a fumble with each member of the secondary coming away with a turnover as Buffalo picked off Mike White 4 occasions.
The Bills are on the lookout for their second straight season sweep of the Jets. This will probably be their first time dealing with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 total choose within the 2021 NFL Draft.