The NFL could consider these scenarios to end Buffalo’s regular season


The Bills’ regular season could end in a number of ways. Here’s how experts think it could play out.

Thursday morning, it is unclear how the Buffalo Bills regular season will end.

Buffalo’s Monday night game with Cincinnati was halted in the first quarter after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and had to be resuscitated on the field by medical professionals after suffering cardiac arrest.

The league said the Buffalo-Cincinnati game will not be played this week. He did not announce a decision on whether the game will be invented or not.

The NFL plans to move forward with its Week 18 schedule, which calls for the Bills to host the Patriots on Sunday.

The Bills released a statement Thursday saying Hamlin has made “remarkable improvement” over the past 24 hours.

“While still critically ill, he has demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress,” the statement read.

As the Bills try to navigate this situation, here are some options the NFL may have as they attempt to finalize the remainder of the Bills’ regular season.

Play New England game, but cancel Cincinnati game.

With the Bills already scheduled to face New England in the final week of the regular season, there’s a chance the NFL will drop the Buffalo-Cincinnati game altogether.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that the signs “point in that direction” as momentum builds for the game to be called off.

“The current momentum tends to not resume the Bills-Bengals game and declare it a no contest,” Florio wrote on Wednesday. “The playoff seeding would then be determined based on the outcome of the Week 18 games.”

Play the New England game, move the Cincinnati game.

Another option, says Ian NFL Network Reportwould be to postpone the playoffs for a week.

“It’s something that was discussed during the COVID situations a few years ago, if they had to,” Report said. “He never came there, but if they had to. Host a standalone, one-game weekend and play Bills-Bengals in Week 19, roll back the playoffs by a week, eliminate the essential bye week between the Super Bowl and title games, and move on thing.

Florio said that although he thinks the game is unlikely to be played, he has heard a scenario that involves playing the Bills-Bengals game during the wild card weekend being discussed.

“Week one of the playoffs, wildcard NFC, 2-for-7, 3-for-6, 4-for-5, plus Bills-Bengals,” Florio told the Rich Eisen Show. “Then you have the AFC playoff tree. Next week of the playoffs, AFC wild card only, three games. The following week, everyone plays the divisional round, then the conference championships, then the Super Bowl without any two-week lag between the conference championships and the Super Bowl.

Cancel both games.

According to the team statement, Hamlin’s health is improving and the Bills resumed team meetings on Wednesday.

But, the situation remains fluid, and NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said Wednesday that the league has not ruled out the cancellation of the Patriots-Bills game.

He said Bills players and coaches will have a say in whether discussions about postponing the game are to take place.

But that was before Buffalo’s latest update. If all goes as planned, the game will be played.


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