How the Bills got to the Divisional Round: Key draft picks, wins, 2022 NFL playoff results and more

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The No. 3 seed Buffalo Bills are returning to Arrowhead Stadium this weekend in the Divisional Round, looking to avenge their AFC Championship Game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last season.

But before earning a date with the Chiefs, the Bills had to fight and claw their way into the playoffs.

The Bills lost to two non-playoff teams in the New York Jets in Week 9 by a score of 9-6 in and Indianapolis Colts in Week 11 by a score of 41-15. A Week 13 loss to the New England Patriots at home put Buffalo in danger of losing its grip of the AFC East division, and an overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14 put the team’s playoff hopes in jeopardy altogether. 

Nevertheless, the Bills turned things around.

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Buffalo rebounded over the next four weeks with four-straight wins over the Carolina Panthers, Patriots in New England, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. And for the third time in five weeks, the Bills found themselves taking on the Patriots yet again on Super Wild Card Weekend

This time, Buffalo officially turned the page on its rivalry with the Patriots in what felt like a passing of the torch type of game from Bill Belichick to Sean McDermott.

Wild Card round results

  • 47-17 victory against the New England Patriots

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • Round 1: No. 30 – Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
  • Round 2: No. 61 – Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest
  • Round 3: No. 93 – Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
  • Round 5: No. 161 (from LV) – Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (OH)
  • Round 6: No. 203 (from WAS through LV, MIA, and HOU) – Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston
  • Round 6: No. 212 (from NO through HOU) – Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh
  • Round 6: No. 213 – Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin
  • Round 7: No. 236 (from CAR) – Jack Anderson, OG, Texas Tech

READ MORE: Bills draft picks 2021: All of Buffalo’s selections, NFL draft results

Key personnel: Coaches and players

  • Head coach: Sean McDermott
  • Quarterback: Josh Allen
  • Wide receiver: Stefon Diggs
  • Running back: Devin Singletary
  • Linebacker: Tremaine Edmunds
  • Safety: Micah Hyde

Bills regular season results

  • Overall record: 11-6
  • Key wins/biggest win of the season: 38-20 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5

Bills recent playoff history

  • Won second straight AFC East title this season… Lost AFC Championship Game to Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 season

What are the Buffalo Bills’ chances this postseason?

As excited as Bills Mafia may be to exact revenge on the Chiefs Kingdom in the playoffs, the reality is the Bills have struggled against quality teams this season.

Record vs. playoff teams: 2-4

Wins: 

  • 38-20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5
  • 33-21 vs. New England Patriots in Week 16

Losses

  • 23-16 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1
  • 34-31 vs. Tennessee Titans in Week 6
  • 14-10 vs. New England Patriots in Week 13
  • 33-27 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14

A losing record against teams that made the playoffs this season isn’t a good sign of a team’s resolve to win in big games, and a 2-3 record against AFC playoff teams doesn’t help the Bills’ cause.

The biggest win on Buffalo’s resume was a dominant 38-20 showing at home against the Chiefs in Week 5, the franchise’s first victory against Kansas City in the regular season and postseason combined since 2017.

Quarterback Josh Allen had a field day against the Chiefs defense in that win, completing 15-of-26 attempts for 315 yards, three touchdown passes with 59 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown.

On the season, Allen completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 4,407 yards, 41 touchdowns (36 pass, five rush) and 15 interceptions with 763 rushing yards. But the 25-year-old quarterback saved his best for the playoffs in what will be remembered as one of the franchise’s best individual performances ever.

Against the Patriots on Super Wild Card Weekend, Allen completed 21-of-25 attempts for 308 yards, five touchdowns and 66 rushing yards on six attempts – an 11 yards per carry average. As a team, the Bills rushed for 174 yards.

The Chiefs offense got off to a slow start against the Steelers this past weekend before Patrick Mahomes’ five touchdowns in 11 minutes put the game out of reach in no time. However, falling behind early against a Bills team that can go toe-to-toe with any offense remaining in the field is asking for trouble, as Kansas City learned the hard way back in Week 5.

The Chiefs fell behind early against the Bills, trailing 24-10 at halftime. Even with a lead heading into the second half, Buffalo still outscored Kansas City 14-7 over the final two quarters to ice the game. 

Whether or not the Bills can replicate that performance remains to be seen, but at least this year they’ll be travelling to Arrowhead Stadium knowing that they’re capable of taking down Mahomes when it matters most.

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Lamar Jackson continues to exceed expectations while betting on himself this season

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took the ultimate chance and is betting on himself this NFL season. After failing to reach an agreement with the Ravens on a long-term extension, the Pompano Beach, Florida native, who went 32nd overall in the 2018 draft, is currently playing on the $23 million 5th-year option of his rookie contract.

Jackson reportedly turned down a 5-year offer worth roughly $250 million, with $133 million guaranteed — something many were not surprised by because Deshaun Jackson’s contract, signed this summer, changed the goalposts for QB contracts, especially for a dual-threat player like Lamar Jackson who runs the ball as well as he throws the ball. This week, Jackson will face a major early season test as the 2-2 Ravens host Joe Burrow and the 2-2 Bengals on Sunday Night Football.

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Lamar Jackson’s rushing ability

The 2019 NFL MVP already has 13 total touchdowns this season, including 11 pass touchdowns, and currently leads the Ravens with 316 rush yards — the most of any quarterback in the NFL this season. He also ranks in the league’s top 10 in rushing yards, for all players (ranked 9th entering Week 5). Additionally, Jackson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month in September for the second time in his career.

Powered in part by Jackson, the Ravens offense ranked first in rush yards per game in 2019 (206) and 2020 (191.9) and was third in 2021 (145.8). In 2022, the team ranks 8th entering Week 5 (142).

What will happen with Lamar Jackson’s contract at the end of the season?

Lamar Jackson is currently set to become a free agent after the season, however, he could be franchised tagged by the Ravens.

Does Lamar Jackson have an agent?

Lamar Jackson has represented himself during negotiations while leaning on the help of his mother, Felicia Jones, and the NFLPA (which reportedly advised him that he was justified to demand a fully guaranteed deal).

What other notable contracts were recently signed by NFL quarterbacks?

  • Russell Wilson: 5 years, $245 million ($124M fully guaranteed) – August 2022
  • Kyler Murray: 5 years, $230.5 million ($103.3M fully guaranteed) – July 2022
  • Deshaun Watson: 5 years, $230 million (fully guaranteed) – March 2022
  • Josh Allen: 6 years, $258 million ($100M fully guaranteed) – August 2021
  • Patrick Mahomes: 10 years, $450 million ($63.1M fully guaranteed) – July 2020

Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals head to M&T Bank Stadium to take on Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens this week on Sunday Night Football. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock. Kickoff time is at 8:20 p.m. See below for additional information on how to watch Sunday night’s Bengals vs Ravens matchup.

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How to watch the Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens:

  • Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
  • When: Sunday, October 9
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens game?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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How to watch the NFL on Peacock: Full Sunday Night Football Schedule, live stream info for the 2022 season

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The 2022 NFL Season is in full gear. This week it’s Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals vs Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. with Football Night in America. Kickoff time is at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

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Every Sunday Night Football game this season will be available on both NBC and Peacock. See below for the full 2022 Sunday Night Football schedule as well as additional information on how to watch every game on Peacock.

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2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule:

*Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Week 1) – Josh Allen’s four touchdowns power Bills to 31-10 victory over Rams

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Week 1) – Bucs take care of business against Cowboys, who lose Dak Prescott late

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Week 2) – Packers roll over Bears 27-10 as Aaron Jones, Preston Smith star

Sunday, Sept. 25 (Week 3) – Broncos do just enough to pull off 11-10 win over 49ers

Sunday, Oct. 2 (Week 4) – Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs dominate Bucs 41-31

Sunday, Oct. 9 (Week 5) – Bengals at Ravens

Sunday, Oct. 16 (Week 6) – Cowboys at Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 23 (Week 7) – Steelers at Dolphins

Sunday, Oct. 30 (Week 8) – Packers at Bills

Sunday, Nov. 6 (Week 9) – Titans at Chiefs

Sunday, Nov. 13 (Week 10) – Chargers at 49ers

Sunday, Nov. 20 (Week 11) – Bengals at Steelers

Thursday, Nov. 24 (Week 12) – Patriots at Vikings

Sunday, Nov. 27 (Week 12) – Packers at Eagles

Sunday, Dec. 4 (Week 13) – Colts at Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 11 (Week 14) – Chiefs at Broncos

Sunday, Dec. 18 (Week 15) – Patriots at Raiders

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Week 16) – Buccaneers at Cardinals

Sunday, Jan. 1 (Week 17) – Rams at Chargers

Sunday, Jan. 8 (Week 18) – Matchup TBD

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

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Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

What devices are compatible with Peacock?

Peacock is available on a variety of devices. See the full list here.

In addition to Sunday Night Football, what else can I watch with Peacock Premium?

Premium is your key to unlocking everything Peacock has to offer. You’ll get access to all the live sports and events we have, including Premier League and WWE Premium Live Events like WrestleMania. You’ll also get full seasons of exclusive Peacock Original series, next-day airings of current NBC and Telemundo hits, plus every movie and show available on Peacock. There is always something new to discover on Peacock Premium.

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