8. Buffalo Bills
Even with New England winning in a huge way, the Buffalo Bills were able to stay atop the AFC East as they won their 10th game of the season. After falling behind 15-14 at the half, the Bills ended up scoring 15 in a row in the second half while not surrendering any more points.
It wasn’t pretty at all as Josh Allen completed just 11-of-26 passes and had three interceptions. He did, however, run in two touchdowns as Devin Singletary added another two on the ground.
Still, good teams have to find a way to win the ugly ones and Buffalo did just that on Sunday. One more, and they win the division for the second year in a row.
7. Cincinnati Bengals
If you weren’t aware before Week 17, you are now. The Cincinnati Bengals are for real.
In a game against the Kansas City Chiefs — who were going for the No. 1 seed — Cincinnati fought back from a two-touchdown deficit and won on a 20-yard field goal as time expired. In the game, Joe Burrow went off with 446 yards and four touchdowns as Ja’Marr Chase hauled in 11 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
Now, they’ve clinched the AFC North with their 10th win, something not many saw happening when the season began. They also put the rest of the conference on notice as they went toe-to-toe with the two-time defending AFC Champions and pulled off a huge win.