Bills’ immediate playoff possibilities not disrupting team’s ‘next game’ mentality

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — There’s plenty of reason to be happy if you’re a Buffalo Bills fan.

With Sunday’s 33-21 win over the New England Patriots, they match their Foxborough foes’ record of (9-6). However, thanks to a better divisional record, they sit atop the AFC East.

Though they haven’t clinched anything yet, they’d be in line to host a playoff game if this stands.

Buffalo’s remaining games are at home against the sub .500 Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.

If they win both, Buffalo claims the Division title. If the Bills win this weekend along with a Baltimore Ravens loss or a Los Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers loss, they’ll have punched their ticket to the postseason.

To stay focused, Sean McDermott believes it’s something Buffalo has to steer clear of.

"I think self-awareness is important," McDermott said. "If that’s something that tends to cause someone to lose their focus, then yes, 100%. This is part of the job, where there’s going to be noise whether it’s really positive or really negative and you got to learn to ignore it and do your job at a high level and that’ll be part of our focus this week."

The Bills and Falcons kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.