Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: 4 pregame thoughts for Week 16

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Can the Buffalo Bills rise to the occasion in Week 16?

The margin of error for the Buffalo Bills has disappeared in the second half of this season and if the Bills hope to win the AFC East, this is a must-win for them. If the Patriots were to win, they would be up two games in the win column and have swept the Bills making it impossible for the Bills to catch them and their focus would need to turn to just holding onto a Wild Card spot.

However, if the Bills win this game, they would be tied with the Patriots on record but hold the tiebreaker over them with division record. If Buffalo wins their final two games, they win the AFC East for a second consecutive year.

There have been times this year that the Buffalo Bills had a chance to answer the question of what this team is and if they really are one of the better teams in the league. They undoubtedly have the talent but with subpar performances against the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots combined with the fact that they only have one win over teams with records currently over .500 (Chiefs), it is a reasonable question to be asked.

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However, a win in New England over a good Patriots team could quiet a lot of those questions. At this point of the season, there aren’t many chances left and the Buffalo Bills have a huge one in front of them today.