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Must win game against division rival Miami Dolphins Sunday. Bills schedule: No breaks coming against resurgent Dolphins link The Miami Dolphins 27-20 upset win over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football sure got the attention of the Buffalo Bills. On one hand, the Patriots (10-3), who are still on the verge of clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East Division title, showed they can be beat when an opponent stands up to the bully and plays a perfect game. Of the 7-6 clubs, Baltimore has the easiest road to a post-season invitation. Its final three opponents (Cleveland, Indianapolis, Cincinnati) are a combined 8-31. The Chargers’ remaining foes (Kansas City, New York Jets, Oakland) are 18-21 and the Bills’ remaining foes (Miami, New England, Miami) are 22-17. The chance of multiple teams finishing tied in the standings and triggering tie-breaker scenarios is certain as lake effect snow. Predicting what they will be could keep an RIT mathematics class occupied for days. It’s why Bills coach Sean McDermott prefers not to lose any more hair worrying about such things. Bills quarterback situation a convoluted mess with Dolphins coming to town link Nathan Peterman remained in concussion protocol Monday after taking a shot to the head in Buffalo’s victory over Indianapolis, leaving the Bills’ quarterback situation a jumbled mess. No, this is not a favorable situation to be in with AFC East rival Miami coming to town Sunday to play a game the Bills must win to keep their postseason dreams alive. Beyond the news on Peterman, coach Sean McDermott didn’t have much more to share on the quarterback position because it’s too early in the week to make any true determinations. However, it is known that Taylor thought he was healthy enough to play against Indianapolis and that he wanted to play, so perhaps that’s an indication that he’ll be able to start against Miami, assuming Peterman can’t. NFL Week 15 picks: link Bills 20-17 over Dolphins 8 things we learned about the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills' Week 15 opponent link Kenyan Drake can hurt you as a runner and receiver Bills fans were probably happy to see Jay Ajayi leave Miami at the trade deadline for Philadelphia, but his replacement may cause even more problems for Buffalo. Kenyan Drake is a dual-threat running back and he displayed his talent against the Patriots. Drake rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries and added another 79 yards receiving. Finding a way to stop Drake is key for the Bills. They stopped the Patriots' run game The Patriots made themselves one-dimensional on Monday night, but Miami stopped New England when they attempted to run the ball. One week after rushing for 191 yards against the Bills, the Patriots were only able to run for 25 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. Don Paul's Bills-Dolphins forecast: Chance of light snow showers link TAILGATE FORECAST: Cold but not frigid. Partly cloudy. 8 a.m. temperature: 22, rising to 30 by midday. Roads should be mainly dry enroute to the stadium. GAME TEMPERATURE: 33-36. WIND: Light and variable early becoming SW in the afternoon, possibly increasing to 10-20mph. (Note: Models are in poor agreement on winds, with the US model showing a brisk SW wind, and the European and Canadian models showing just a light wind.) PRECIPITATION: Mostly dry, slight chance of a few light snow showers.
New Era Field - Orchard Park, NY. Regular Season - Week 14 Sun, Dec 10, 2017 1:00p ET Buffalo Bills face a must win at home Sunday against the Colts. No gimmes for Buffalo Bills, including the 3-9 Colts link As it stands, the Bills have slipped to the eighth seed, behind the Los Angeles Chargers, who won the head-to-head match up with Buffalo, 54-24. For the Bills, last Sunday’s 23-3 loss to New England was compounded by Jacksonville (8-4), Baltimore (7-5), L.A. (6-6) and Oakland (6-6) all winning. Buffalo’s remaining four opponents went 2-1 last week and are a combined 23-25. Its previous 12 opponents are a combined 74-70. The Bills have beaten one team with a winning record, the Falcons (7-5). 7 things we learned about the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills' Week 14 opponent link Indianapolis ran with success against Jacksonville Indianapolis racked up 141 yards on 26 carries (5.4 YPC) against the Jaguars on Sunday. Frank Gore (61 yards) and Marlon Mack (46 yards) led the way for the Colts. Buffalo allowed 191 yards on the ground to the Patriots and could face a tough test in Week 14 against the Colts. Defense stopped Jacksonville's run game Indianapolis may have allowed 30 points to the Jaguars, but their run defense fared well. Jacksonville was only able to run for 96 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries (3.6 YPC). Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville's lead back, only averaged 2.8 YPC on Sunday. LeSean McCoy and Travaris Cadet could have trouble picking up yards on the ground Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills, 12-10-2017 - Prediction & Preview link Trends: The Colts are: 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. 0-4 ATS in their last four Week 14 games. The Bills are: 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games vs. a team with a losing road record. General: The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Bills are just one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for the last playoff spot in the AFC as they chase their first postseason appearance since claiming a wild-card spot in 1999. Buffalo, though, has been held to 13 points in its last two home games after averaging 27.8 in winning its first four at New Era Field. Indianapolis has dropped two of the last three meetings, both in Buffalo, after winning the previous six. The Colts hold a 36-31-1 lead in the all-time rivalry between the former AFC East teams. Pick: Bills NFL Power Rankings: link 20 Not what we expected from the Bills, whether we're talking about Tyrod Taylor's ill-advised red-zone interception or the quarterback leaving the game early with a knee injury. Unfortunately, the 191 rushing yards allowed to the Patriots are in line with the anticipated outcome of a Buffalo game, at least lately. The run defense has absolutely sucked since Marcell Dareus was traded away at the end of October. After the controversial defensive tackle broke up with Sean McDermott -- or vice versa -- the Bills have allowed 156.3 rushing yards per game. It feels like when a guy gets all full of himself after breaking up with a girl, then sees her with a better-looking dude in an Audi, smiling like a sliced watermelon. weather TAILGATE WEATHER: Cold, to be sure, but "we've had colder." 8 a.m. temp: near 20, with moderate wind chill. Chance of light snow showers. GAME TEMPERATURE: 24-28. WIND: NW: 10-15 becoming W later in the afternoon and increasing to 15-25. Impact on passing/kicking game may become more significant during the course of the game, but not unmanageable. PRECIPITATION: Chance of occasional light snow showers on and off, but there is also at least a small chance of organized lake effect snow developing late in the game and afterward.