Momentum builds for cancellation of Bills-Bengals game

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The NFL is working to resolve the issue resulting from the postponement of the Week 17 game between the Bills and the Bengals.

The current momentum tends to not resume the Bills-Bengals game and declare it a no contest. The playoff seeding would then be determined based on the outcome of the Week 18 games.

That means the Chiefs would capture the No. 1 seed by beating the Raiders on Saturday. The Bills would become the top seed by beating the Patriots on Sunday, if the Chiefs lost on Saturday.

A Bills loss and Bengals win over the Ravens on Sunday would put Cincinnati in the No. 2 seed, with the Bengals securing the Bills’ eclipse based on the strength of the win’s tiebreaker. That would set up a potential Bills-Bengals matchup in Cincinnati, in the Divisional Round.

There is currently no discussion of the possibility of a potential Bills-Chiefs AFC Championship being played at a neutral site, even though the Bills would have clinched the top seed by beating Cincinnati and New England.

Canceling Bills-Bengals would also land the AFC North for Cincinnati. Had the Bengals lost to the Bills, the winner of Sunday’s Ravens-Bengals game would have won AFC North.

The Bengals could have grabbed the top seed by beating the Bills and winning this weekend, if the Chiefs lose to the Raiders on Saturday.

The idea of ​​using winning percentages to determine playoff positioning was first considered during the 2020 pandemic year, when the league prepared for the possibility of multiple regular season games being cancelled. In the end, none were.

If this is the solution chosen by the league, it is not ideal. But it’s arguably the best of the various less-than-ideal options. It hasn’t been finalized yet, but it points in that direction.

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