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As we all know, this is the game that if the Bills win, we're in.  With that said, does that mean we can't do worse than the #5 seed?  If the Pats win this week, then winning the division will be even more difficult.  Obviously we would need to win out and the Pats would have to lose out in order for us to claim that division title, but that may be a pipe dream.  As much as I would love for us to beat the Pats in their own backyard, I think it would be smarter to limit our starters for the final two weeks to provide a little extra rest and provide somewhat of a bye week for the starters.  I see both sides of the spectrum though.  Sometimes, that first round bye is beneficial for obvious reasons with resting the entire team and getting extra time studying your opponent (in our case it wouldn't be a bye but something similar to a bye with resting starters).  But in other situations, I know that building momentum during the final weeks of the season is usually a good recipe for making a strong push into the playoffs.  I know some of you will say "take it one week at a time, let's focus on this game first." Shoot I'm usually one of those guys that says that, but I just want to gauge where everyone's thoughts are on this potential scenario and what you would do as the Coach of this team during the final two weeks if us and the Pats win this week.

 

[I'm sorry, I know it's not identical, but we had 2 playoff scenario threads started at the same time, so I did merge]

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If the bills win this week and lose to the pats you rest starters week 17. Otherwise you play them until the end. Simple as that. It's crazy to suggest we rest starters against the pats. 

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I dont care if they miss the playoffs like this article details, I just want them to lose to either bengals or dolphins and us win out...take the friggin division and get a home playoff game!!! 

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8 minutes ago, Process said:

If the bills win this week and lose to the pats you rest starters week 17. Otherwise you play them until the end. Simple as that. 

 

we cant afford to rest starters on offense. they need all the practice they can get. 

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they should handle cincy especially after a little extra tape on them but fitz and the fins could surprise and beat them?

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We messed up by losing to the Ravens. Just get into the playoffs at this point. 

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1 minute ago, PaattMaann said:

I dont care if they miss the playoffs like this article details, I just want them to lose to either bengals or dolphins and us win out...take the friggin division and get a home playoff game!!! 

 

You have a better chance of seeing the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup this season than you do in seeing the Pats lose the Bengals and Fins.

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Certainly not the team they once were....

 

Heading for the scrape yard after Brady retires

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2 minutes ago, PaattMaann said:

 

we cant afford to rest starters on offense. they need all the practice they can get. 

Allen is not going to learn anything week 17. If we play starters we should handle them easily, he won't have to do much. You don't risk him getting hurt. 

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7 minutes ago, Greg S said:

 

You have a better chance of seeing the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup this season than you do in seeing the Pats lose the Bengals and Fins.

 

I dont get your reference because I dont care about the new jersey devils

 

however, while I dont think the Patriots will lose to either the bengals or the dolphins, its any given sunday in the NFL and I wouldnt at all be surprised. The Patriots offense sucks, crazy things happen. I can dream that the division dream isnt dead. 

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7 minutes ago, Process said:

Allen is not going to learn anything week 17. If we play starters we should handle them easily, he won't have to do much. You don't risk him getting hurt. 

 

Allen has started less than two full seasons, and is on an offense with 9 new starters. He learns every single week. 

 

I agree we should handle the Jets with our starters in, and injury risk is minimal because he wont have to do much. So you play him, and all the other offensive starters. At least for a half if there is nothing on the line. 

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Just now, PaattMaann said:

 

I dont get your reference because I dont care about the new jersey devils

 

however, while I dont think the Patriots will lose to either the bengals or the dolphins, its any given sunday in the NFL and I wouldnt at all be surprised. The Patriots offense sucks, crazy things happen. I can dream that the division dream isnt dead. 

Well, it isn't dead. And is still certainly a possibility. Bills have not lost 2 in a row and I don't see it happening now. They rebound really well and IMO it will come down to Bills @ Pats. I think they Bills will beat the Jets week 17.

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Just now, Process said:

Allen is not going to learn anything week 17. If we play starters we should handle them easily, he won't have to do much. You don't risk him getting hurt. 

Also usually losing a wideout or rb won't kill a teams chances, but with what little talent we have at those positions if we lost brown or singletary we would be toast. There is no way you play starters last game if it doesn't matter. 

 

Again it's the Jets, who cares?

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1 minute ago, PaattMaann said:

 

I dont get your reference because I dont care about the new jersey devils

 

however, while I dont think the Patriots will lose to either the bengals or the dolphins, its any given sunday in the NFL and I wouldnt at all be surprised. The Patriots offense sucks, crazy things happen. I can dream that the division dream isnt dead. 

 

NJD are one of the worst teams in hockey. I think only the Red Wings have less points. Bottom line NE isn't losing to  **** teams like the Bengals and Fins. Maybe in 2020 the Bills win the division.

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4 minutes ago, Process said:

Allen is not going to learn anything week 17. If we play starters we should handle them easily, he won't have to do much. You don't risk him getting hurt. 

agreed.  All it takes is one douchebag on the Jets’ defense taking out Singletary or Brown’s knees and we’re pretty much screwed.

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8 minutes ago, Patrick_Duffy said:

Well, it isn't dead. And is still certainly a possibility. Bills have not lost 2 in a row and I don't see it happening now. They rebound really well and IMO it will come down to Bills @ Pats. I think they Bills will beat the Jets week 17.

 

I think we go to Gilette and beat down the Patriots. But we still need help to win the division, need the Pats to lose to the Bengals or Dolphins still for the dream to come true. 

8 minutes ago, Greg S said:

 

NJD are one of the worst teams in hockey. I think only the Red Wings have less points. Bottom line NE isn't losing to  **** teams like the Bengals and Fins. Maybe in 2020 the Bills win the division.

 

upsets happen every week in the NFL 

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Just now, PaattMaann said:

 

I think we go to Gilette and beat down the Patriots. But we still need help to win the division, need the Pats to lose to the Bengals or Dolphins still for the dream to come true. 

Oh, I thought the Bills would get it as long as they win out with conference wins? Maybe I was wrong then.

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7 minutes ago, Process said:

If the bills win this week and lose to the pats you rest starters week 17. Otherwise you play them until the end. Simple as that. 

Don't forget, the Pats knocked out JA during the first meeting.  Not saying that'll happen again, but we should use caution when playing cheaters.

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7 minutes ago, Patrick_Duffy said:

Oh, I thought the Bills would get it as long as they win out with conference wins? Maybe I was wrong then.

 

they hold tie breaker over us, we need to have a better record outright 

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9 minutes ago, DaBillsFanSince1973 said:

they should handle cincy especially after a little extra tape on them but fitz and the fins could surprise and beat them?

 

It's just possible that Cincy gets an extra "Mad" on them, works overtime to change up their signals, and plays with some fire in their belly to handle the Pats.

 

Andy Dalton must have a boulder-size chip on his shoulder at this point.

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Just now, PaattMaann said:

 

they hold tie breaker over us, we need to have a better record outright 

Oh, well damn. Alright, well yeah maybe Fitz can pull one of his ass for us then.  Anyways, it's still a possibility so that's what I'm hoping for as well.

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2 minutes ago, Circlethewagon8404 said:

Don't forget, the Pats knocked out JA during the first meeting.  Not saying that'll happen again, but we should use caution when playing cheaters.

 

We absolutely should.  Allen must be prepared for this.

 

Just now, Patrick_Duffy said:

Oh, well damn. Alright, well yeah maybe Fitz can pull one of his ass for us then.  Anyways, it's still a possibility so that's what I'm hoping for as well.

 

I'm quite certain Fitzy and the Fins would like nothing more.

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