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Can the Buffalo Bills Beat the Green Bay Packers? What Must Happen

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
If the Buffalo Bills are going to win Sunday, they're going to have to find a way to stop this guy. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills are going to win Sunday, they’re going to have to find a way to stop this guy. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s not a good week for the Buffalo Bills to desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

While the Bills can be glad to return home, still owning a winning record and still sitting just one game back of a wild card spot, their final game in Orchard Park this year comes against the Green Bay Packers, who own the NFL’s longest active winning streak at five games.

No team in the league has been playing better than Green Bay. The Packers have won nine of their last 10 games, a span in which they have outscored their opponents by 14.4 points per game on average.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been both the catalyst and backbone of the Packers’ success. Having thrown 35 touchdowns this year versus just three interceptions, while he leads the league with 8.78 passing yards per attempt, Rodgers has emerged as the clear-cut choice—barring a shocking collapse—to be the NFL MVP for this season.

Rodgers and the Packers offense, which leads the league with 32.5 points per game, has looked nearly unstoppable, especially in recent weeks (they’ve averaged 40.2 points per game over the course of their active winning streak). If anyone is equipped to slow down Green Bay, however, it might be the Bills, especially with the advantage of playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 14

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Sammy Watkins returned to form Sunday, but it was not enough for the Bills to beat the Broncos. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins returned to form Sunday, but it was not enough for the Bills to beat the Broncos. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills visited Mile High Stadium in Denver with playoff aspirations on Sunday, but ultimately fell short as the Broncos held on for a 24-17 victory. The Bills got as close as an attempted onside kick at the end of the game but couldn’t complete the comeback, which all but ends their chances of playing in the postseason.

The offensive unit for Buffalo had a tough time capitalizing on the three turnovers that the defense forced for them. In usual fashion, it sputtered for most of the game until finally picking it up in the fourth quarter, which slightly improved its grades. The defense did not record a sack but played tough against Denver’s Peyton Manning-led offense, giving its offense an opportunity to win the game.

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Buffalo Bills’ Playoff Chances Fall as Kyle Orton Shows Ugly Side

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn't do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy -- USA Today Sports)

The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn’t do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

For the first three quarters, Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense could not get of their own way in Sunday’s one-touchdown, 24-17 loss at the Denver Broncos. The Bills defense kept them in striking distance with another dominant performance, but Buffalo’s offense awoke far too late in the game to stage a miraculous comeback.

In principle, the Bills are still very much alive in the playoff chase due to helpful losses by the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. However, the team showed it may not be ready to take the next step through its brutal four-game finish of the 2014 season.

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What Must Happen for Buffalo Bills to Upset Denver Broncos

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills need No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins to step up his game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills need No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins to step up his game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Sunday begins the quadrant of the Buffalo Bills’ season in that, if the games were played on paper, we should already know who the winner of each of the final four games will be. The Bills should have one easy win in front of them when they play the Oakland Raiders in Week 15, but the other three games—all against teams who have 9-3 records so far this season—look to be likely losses.

The first of those three games comes against the Denver Broncos, at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Denver’s Sports Authority Field. If the Bills are going to come up with a victory—one they need to keep themselves in position to make the playoffs—they’re going to have to do so against a team that has won all six of its home games this year.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns, 2014 NFL Week 13: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Mario Williams has been on a roll lately, and he'll continue to keep it going against the Browns on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams has been on a roll lately, and he’ll continue to keep it going against the Browns on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Two franchises that have been known more for losing than winning since the turn of the century, the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns will be fighting to keep themselves in the race for a playoff position when they play each other Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

For the 6-5 Bills, who return home to Ralph Wilson Stadium after playing their last home game in Detroit due to snow in Western New York, this game is one they must win to keep even slim hopes of ending their playoff drought alive before they enter a brutally tough final quadrant of the season. The Browns are in better position than the Bills, as they are currently 7-4 and in a five-way tie for a wild card spot, but they also need victory as they hold no tiebreakers over any other teams in the wild card race.

Both teams have reason to be confident heading into this game, as each was victorious in its last outing, but football is a game of matchups. The following matchups and keys to the game will be deciding factors in how this game—a game more important at this juncture of the season than most for either in recent years—plays out.

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