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AFC East title-deciding Bills vs. Dolphins matchup flexed to Sunday night

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It all comes down to Week 18 for the Buffalo Bills, and their AFC East title-deciding matchup against the Miami Dolphins will air on Sunday Night Football. The primetime matchup is slated for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff and will air on NBC.

The Bills are coming off a 27-21 victory over the Patriots on Sunday, and with the Dolphins being routed by the Ravens 56-19, a winner-takes-all matchup for an AFC East title and the No. 2 seed in the conference is set.

The stakes are higher for Buffalo, who have yet to secure a spot in the playoffs and are at risk of missing out completely with a loss, although that hinges on other matchups around the AFC.

The simplest postseason scenario for the Bills could be summarized with an iconic Al Davis quote: “Just win, baby.” A victory over Miami, who has already punched their postseason ticket, would send Buffalo to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season and earn them at least two home playoff games, should they advance in the wild card round.

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However, if the Bills were to lose to the Dolphins on Sunday, they would need the following to happen around the AFC to sneak in as a wild card:

Pittsburgh to lose against Baltimore OR

Jacksonville to lose to Tennessee OR

Houston and Indianapolis to tie

With Buffalo vs. Miami being the final game of the Week 18 slate, the Bills will know whether or not they’ve secured a playoff spot before kickoff due to the above games already being over with.

Needless to say, it will be a nervy week for Bills Mafia leading up to Sunday night’s tilt in Miami.

​ BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It all comes down to Week 18 for the Buffalo Bills, and their AFC East title-deciding matchup against the Miami Dolphins will air on Sunday Night Football. The primetime matchup is slated for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff and will air on NBC.

The Bills are coming off a 27-21 victory over the Patriots on Sunday, and with the Dolphins being routed by the Ravens 56-19, a winner-takes-all matchup for an AFC East title and the No. 2 seed in the conference is set.

The stakes are higher for Buffalo, who have yet to secure a spot in the playoffs and are at risk of missing out completely with a loss, although that hinges on other matchups around the AFC.

The simplest postseason scenario for the Bills could be summarized with an iconic Al Davis quote: “Just win, baby.” A victory over Miami, who has already punched their postseason ticket, would send Buffalo to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season and earn them at least two home playoff games, should they advance in the wild card round.
More balanced Bills offense hasn’t made Josh Allen any less dangerous
However, if the Bills were to lose to the Dolphins on Sunday, they would need the following to happen around the AFC to sneak in as a wild card:

Pittsburgh to lose against Baltimore OR

Jacksonville to lose to Tennessee OR

Houston and Indianapolis to tie

With Buffalo vs. Miami being the final game of the Week 18 slate, the Bills will know whether or not they’ve secured a playoff spot before kickoff due to the above games already being over with.

Needless to say, it will be a nervy week for Bills Mafia leading up to Sunday night’s tilt in Miami.

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