Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers: Final pregame thoughts and how to watch

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Buffalo Bills look to keep pace in the playoff race with an important matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Orchard Park

The Buffalo Bills desperately need to go on a winning streak to win the division. There are scenarios that would knock the Bills out of a playoff spot even if they pick up a win on Sunday.

Nevertheless, the Bills cannot afford to concede to missed opportunities over the last four weeks of the regular season. And a win against the Carolina Panthers could set them up for another highly anticipated matchup against the division-leading New England Patriots next Sunday.

This week, Sean McDermott’s former team comes to town looking to pick up a win to improve their slim playoff chances. The Panthers are heading to Orchard Park planning to play both Cam Newton and P.J. Walker against Buffalo. When asked about the decision to play two quarterbacks, Matt Rhule said earlier this week, “I don’t want to be playing two quarterbacks. No one does. But it’s just the situation that we’re in and we’re trying to maximize where we’re at right now.”

The Bills are coming off an impressive comeback effort against the reigning Super Bowl champions. They looked like two different teams with their performances in the first half and second half; a common theme to Buffalo’s rollercoaster 2021 season. If they don’t fix their unpredictable play on Sunday, they could be in danger of missing the postseason.

After the Colts’ win over the Patriots Saturday, the AFC East is still within reach for the Bills. Here’s how to watch and a few final thoughts ahead of kickoff.

How to watch the Buffalo Bills against the Carolina Panthers

Time and Location: Sunday, Dec 19, 1 PM ET, Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY

TV Network: FOX – Broadcast Team: Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Jonathan Vilma (color analyst)

Radio: Buffalo Bills Radio Network – John Murphy (play-by-play), Eric Wood (color analyst), Sal Capaccio (sideline)