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Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills Preview and Prediction

Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi

New England may have already wrapped up the AFC East, but there’s still important business in the division to attend to when Buffalo hosts Miami on Christmas Eve. The Dolphins (9-5) are a game clear of the pack for the second wild card spot, while the Bills (7-7) must win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

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Even though Buffalo is coming off of a 33-13 win over Cleveland, these last two games (Bills finish at the Jets) could determine whether head coach Rex Ryan keeps his job or not. At least on paper, there’s a big difference between finishing 9-7 or even 8-8 compared to 7-9. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor also could be auditioning for his job, as the structure of the contract extension (six years, $90 million, but option for 2017) he signed in August gives the Bills some flexibility should they decide to go in another direction.

For Miami, it’s pretty simple – win out and the Dolphins are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. In fact, if Miami wins and Baltimore, Tennessee and Denver all lose, the Dolphins can sew up the wild card and not have to worry about the regular season finale at home against the Patriots.

Miami beat Buffalo 28-25 back in Week 7 behind 214 rushing yards from Jay Ajai. The Dolphins have lost their last four games at New Era Field (formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium).

Miami at Buffalo

Kickoff: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Spread: Buffalo -3.5