Can the Patriots still win the AFC East after losing to the Bills?

Even after losing to the Buffalo Bills in week 16, the New England Patriots could still win the AFC East.

The New England Patriots have a chance to win the AFC East title in Week 16 if they beat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and if the Miami Dolphins lose or draw with the New Orleans Saints on Monday. Those hopes ended after the Bills beat the Patriots 33-21 on Sunday.

Sure, New England may have lost their chance to win the championship on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely out of contention. Let’s take a look at their AFC East championship this season.

How Patriots Can Win AFC East After Losing To Bills

Based on the New York Times‘playoff path simulator’, a loss to Buffalo would give New England a more than 20% chance of winning.

With this loss, New England need more help to claim the AFC East crown even if they win their remaining two games of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Here is a potential scenario for the Patriots to win the division:

  • New England beat Jacksonville in Week 17
  • Buffalo lost to Atlanta Falcons in Week 17
  • New England beat Miami in Week 18

We recommend using the simulator in the link above to check out the ways New England can win the tournament. In short, the Patriots will need to win the rest of the season and the Bills must suffer defeats to the Falcons in Week 17 or the New York Jets in Week 18 if they are to win the AFC East Championship for the first time since. 2019. Can the Patriots still win the AFC East after losing to the Bills?

James Brien

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