As every fan of the National Football League (NFL) knows, teams that win games in December generally get to play in January. That is especially true for squads that find themselves “in the hunt” for divisional honors or for a Wild Card.
Consider the two combatants in this game, the Buffalo Bills, a squad that is in third place in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) with a Won-Loss record of 6-6 and the home team Philadelphia Eagles, a squad that is in a three-way tie for first place in the East Division in the National Football Conference (NFC) with a Won-Loss record that is also 6-6.
The Bills, under bombastic Head Coach Rex Ryan find themselves with the seventh seed in the AFC and, with four games remaining on their schedule, have a real chance to move up a notch and earn the sixth and final seed in the conference and one of two available Wild Cards.
The Eagles are also in the hunt for a Wild Card, but this team also has an opportunity to finish first in its division and that, of course, would guarantee it a spot in the playoffs. Clearly, there is a lot at stake for both of these eastern teams. That very likely means the game they play against one another this Sunday afternoon will be a real “nail-biter.”
Buffalo is best known for its stingy defense, but the Bills have also shown that, in any given game, they can score points in bunches. Playing at home last Sunday against the scalding hot Houston Texans, the Bills scored thirty points and upset the visitors, keeping their playoff hopes very much alive.
Philadelphia produced an even more improbable result in its last game. The squad from the “city of brotherly love” shocked the football world by upsetting the league’s current Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.
While it is true that the Patriots were playing the game with many of their best offensive weapons sidelined with injuries, the victory by the Eagles was still noteworthy. Buffalo and Philadelphia know that any game they lose from this point on can doom them to an early winter vacation.
There is extra motivation for the Bills team because star running back LeSean McCoy is returning to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded. McCoy was traded earlier before the season for linebacker Kiko Alonso. These two teams are also directed by two high profile coaches in Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan who both believe their teams have the chance to come away with a big win.
Although it may be “too much of a tall order,” the Bills and the Eagles now believe they have to win every game remaining on their schedules. The truth is that wins in at least three of the four games still to be played may be required for these teams to have any chance of appearing in a postseason contest.
That need to win “at all costs” should turn this game into a real battle in which the best team will emerge with the victory.
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