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If The Playoffs Started Today: The Rex Ryan Penalty Tracker Edition

New York Giants v Buffalo BillsThrough the first four weeks of the NFL season, no team has been called for more penalties than Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills.

The Bills have been called for 47 penalties already, which puts them on pace to set the NFL record of 158 set by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs.

However, there is one massive silver lining. If the playoffs started today, the Bills would be a part of them for the first time since this play:

That’s right. The 1999 postseason was the last time America was treated to a Bills playoff game.

Yes, we are getting way too ahead of ourselves after four weeks by trotting this out but it’s never too early to start thinking about the postseason.

Here is a rundown of what the playoffs would look like if they started today.

AFC

#1 – Cincinnati Bengals  (AFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion, bye)

#3 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion)

#4 – Indianapolis Colts (AFC South champion)

#5  – New York Jets (Wild Card)

#6 –  Buffalo Bills (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 – Green Bay Packers  (NFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Carolina Panthers (NFC South champion, bye)

#3 – Arizona Cardinals (NFC West champion)

#4 – Dallas Cowboys  (NFC East champion)

#5 – Atlanta Falcons (Wild Card)

#6 – St. Louis Rams (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 4:30PM – #5 New York Jets at #4 Indianapolis Colts (NBC)*

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 8:00PM – #5 Atlanta Falcons at #4 Dallas Cowboys  (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 1:00PM – #6 Buffalo Bills at #3 New England Patriots (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:30PM – #6 St. Louis Rams at #3 Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 4:30PM – INDY/NYJ/BUF at #1 Cincinnati (NBC)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 8PM – ARI/DAL/ATL at #2 Carolina (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 1PM – DAL/ATL/STL at #1 Green Bay (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 4:30PM – NE/INDY/NYJ at #2 Denver (CBS)

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