AFC playoff picture: Patriots continue to climb standings

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Following their 45-7 blowout win over the Browns on Sunday, the Patriots have won four games in a row and are now 6-4 on the year.

In what is a very bunched AFC, the Patriots are now the No. 6 seed, while also still in the mix in the AFC East with the Bills.

With so many teams so close together, things can change very quickly, which makes every game, especially conference games, so important.

As of now, FiveThirtyEight gives the Patriots a 74% chance of making the playoffs as of now.

Here’s how things look across the AFC following Week 10.

1. Tennessee 8-2
Remaining games: vs. Texans, at Patriots, Bye, vs. Jaguars, at Steelers, vs. 49ers, vs. Dolphins, at Texans

2. Buffalo 6-3
Remaining games: vs. Colts, at Saints, vs. Patriots, at Buccaneers, vs. Panthers, at Patriots, vs. Falcons, vs. Jets

3. Baltimore 6-3
Remaining games: at Bears, vs. Browns, at Steelers, at Browns, vs. Packers, at Bengals, vs. Rams, vs. Steelers

4. Kansas City 6-4
Remaining games: vs. Cowboys, Bye, vs. Broncos, vs. Raiders, at Chargers, vs. Steelers, at Bengals, at Broncos

5. Pittsburgh 5-3-1
Remaining games: at Chargers, at Bengals, vs. Ravens, at Vikings, vs. Titans, at Chiefs, vs. Browns, at Ravens

6. New England 6-4
Remaining games: at Falcons, vs. Titans, at Bills, Bye, at Colts, vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, at Dolphins

7. L.A. Chargers 5-4
Remaining games: vs. Steelers, at Broncos, at Bengals, vs. Giants, vs. Chiefs, at Texans, vs. Broncos, at Raiders

IN THE HUNT

8. Las Vegas 5-4
Remaining games: vs. Bengals, at Cowboys, vs. Washington, at Chiefs, at Browns, vs. Broncos, at Colts, vs. Chargers

9. Cincinnati 5-4
Remaining games: at Raiders, vs. Steelers, vs. Chargers, vs. 49ers, at Broncos, vs. Ravens, vs. Chiefs, at Browns

10. Indianapolis 5-5
Remaining games: at Bills, vs. Buccaneers, at Texans, Bye, vs. Patriots, at Cardinals, vs. Raiders, at Jaguars

11. Cleveland 5-5
Remaining games: vs. Lions, at Ravens, Bye, vs. Ravens, vs. Raiders, at Packers, at Steelers, vs. Bengals

12. Denver 5-5
Remaining games: Bye, vs. Chargers, at Chiefs, vs. Lions, vs. Bengals, at Raiders, at Chargers, vs. Chiefs

ANALYSIS: For as wild as the conference as been this season, following Week 10 every team that was expected to win the divisions is currently leading. Buffalo had a big bounce-back win following a bad loss to the Jaguars in Week 9 and the Chiefs are starting to look like the Chiefs again, now winners of three straight games. Relating to the Patriots, they need to take care of business first this Thursday in Atlanta, but then they will give a nice mini-bye ahead of games with the Titans and Bills. Those two games will go a long way in deciding their fate for the 2021 season. This will be a very fun last eight weeks of the season.

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