NFL owners voted and approved Friday a plan that would potentially have the location of the AFC Championship game on Jan. 29 moved to a neutral site.
The location of the neutral site is yet to be determined, but in a video call featuring NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and members of the NFL Competition Committee, the league says it is considering multiple sites, including both indoor and outdoor venues.
For the Buffalo Bills, their Week 17 game against the Bengals has been declared a no-contest, meaning the game won't be made up, nor will it count toward a win or loss for either team. The Bills (12-3) and Bengals (11-4) will have a 16-game schedule this season.
There are 3 scenarios based on Week 18 results that were approved by the NFL for holding the AFC Championship game at a neutral site:
• If the Bills and Chiefs both win or tie, a Bills-Chiefs championship game would be at a neutral site.
• If the Bills and Chiefs both lose and Baltimore wins or ties, a Bills-Chiefs championship game would be at a neutral site.
• If the Bills and Chiefs both lose and the Bengals win, a Bills or Bengals vs. Chiefs championship game would be at a neutral site.
To summarize, if any of the scenarios above come to fruition, the Bills would not have to travel to Kansas City for a potential AFC title game. The only way Buffalo would to go Kansas City would be if the Chiefs win and the Bills lose in Week 18.
Further, there still exists a possibility for the Bills to get the AFC No. 1 seed and homefield advantage. This would only be possible if the Bills beat the Patriots and the Raiders beat the Chiefs this week. Entering Week 18, the Bills (12-3) are the No. 2 seed and the Chiefs (13-3) are the No. 1 seed.
Those seedings would remain in place heading into the postseason if the Bills and Chiefs have the same result in Week 18.
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