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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Another dreary December day in Buffalo's playoff drought

The Bills host the Colts today, still in the playoff hunt entering the final quarter of the season. Nonetheless, as Jerry Sullivan notes, "there was zero buzz about the Indy game during the week."

It's a familiar feeling for Sully, who lists 10 other December afternoons from the past 17 seasons when the Bills were clinging to hope for a playoff game that never came.

QB Watch: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that the Bills will start rookie Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor, who was listed as questionable with a knee injury.

Pregame primer: Jay Skurski gives you the game day details and five things to pay attention to. Mark Gaughan highlights the matchups to watch and diagrams a couple of the Colts' key plays. Dive into the all-time numbers and take in the view from Vegas.

Injury report: While Taylor seems to be out, WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) and RB Travaris Cadet (concussion) are likely to play. DT Kyle Williams (groin), CB Leonard Johnson (knee), and OT Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) and OT Seantrel Henderson (back) are questionable. G John Miller (ankle) is out.

Weather forecast: Frigid wind chills and afternoon snow, according to meteorologist Don Paul. The good news for Bills is the Colts couldn't simulate those conditions in practice this week.

Inside the Bills: Marlon Kerner's NFL career got off to a promising start in 1995. Four years later, it was over. Now, as the team's director of player engagement and alumni he helps new players adjust to Buffalo and prepares them for life after the NFL. Read more about Kerner's role with the Bills in Skurski's feature.

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Inside the NFL: You can question the timing, the money, the troubling trends and the lack of competition related Roger Goodell's contract extension, Vic Carucci writes. But the league could do worse than sticking with Goodell. Related: Carucci's Week 14 power rankings.

10K chase: LeSean McCoy needs 195 rushing yards to reach 10,000 for his career. As he approaches the milestone, McCoy has his sights set on another one.

Sports Talk Sunday: Watch Vic Carucci, Jerry Sullivan and Bucky Gleason preview today's game at 10 a.m. WGRZ. Here's a glimpse of the show.

Sully's mailbag: Jordan Matthews season is over. Will the Bills bring Matthews back next year?

Seeing red: The Bills will wear their color rush uniforms.

Trivia: What was Ted Marchibroda's record against the Bills during his two stints as coach of the Colts?

 

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