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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Former coaches could factor into Bills' playoff fate

Mike Mularkey, Doug Marrone and Anthony Lynn could do something this weekend that they never were able to while coaching in Buffalo — get the Bills into the playoffs. "Ironically, three who took turns contributing to 17 seasons of Bills futility are guiding teams that are in a position to significantly impact their former club's chances of finally reaching the postseason Sunday," Vic Carucci writes.

In one of the two scenarios where the Bills end their playoff drought, Mularkey's Titans must defeat Marrone's Jaguars and Lynn's Chargers need to lose to the Raiders, while, of course, the Bills win their season finale in Miami. As Carucci notes, "The most interesting potential plot twist involves Marrone."

Vic Carucci's Take Five: The Bills need to get LeSean McCoy rolling early against the Dolphins.

Injury Update: Sean McDermott is hopeful that E.J. Gaines (knee) will play after missing the Patriots game. Kelvin Benjamin (knee) also returned to practice on Thursday. Charles Clay says he won't need offseason surgery on his knee.

Scoreboard Watching: Not part of the process for the Bills, but fans will be paying close attention. The final weekend of games could also determine where the Bills will pick in the draft.

What They Said: Transcripts from post-practice interviews with LeSean McCoy, Eric Wood, Micah Hyde, Kyle Williams, Richie Incognito, Tyrod Taylor and Sean McDermott.

Listen: Richie Incognito talked about the personal significance of Sunday's game during a segment on this week's "Tim Graham Show." Related: The Daily Drive podcast discusses whether this be Kyle Williams last game with the Bills.


Watch: Time-lapsed video of New Era Field's transformation to an ice rink.

What Are The Odds? Breaking down the statistical anomaly that is the longest active postseason drought in the four major sports. If the Bills do make the playoffs, it could be part of an NFL record.

More Math: What Grand Island's Brett Kern needs to do to break a 77-year-old NFL punting record.

Advanced Stats: Kelvin Benjamin has been relatively efficient over the past three weeks.

Tyrod vs. Dolphins: The matchup has been favorable for the Bills quarterback in recent seasons. "I'm aware," Miami coach Adam Gase said.

Bowl scouting: Bills GM Brandon Beane reportedly attended the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, where Oklahoma state quarterback Mason Rudolph was playing.

Trivia: How many more playoff appearances do the Dolphins have over the Bills since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970?

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