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Bills Day After: What if Nathan Peterman had been available?

Maybe Bills fans should be thankful Nathan Peterman wasn't available to be Sunday's quarterback.

That's one more variable playoff-hopefuls could have done without.

Bills coach Sean McDermott indicated his preference for Peterman a few weeks ago by benching a healthy Tyrod Taylor, but Peterman had been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins because of a concussion.

The Bills beat the Dolphins, 24-16, to remain in the postseaon mix, and Taylor played a generous role. Peterman might have played tolerably, but you never know ...

Taylor went 17 of 29 for 224 yards and a touchdown for a 94.6 rating. And he ran six times for 42 yards and a touchdown. He had zero giveaways. Not bad.

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But if Peterman had been available? Do we know for sure McDermott would've gone with Taylor?

Buffalo remains in the playoff chase, and while the permutations sound thrilling, we should remember the Bills need a lot of help.

They have games remaining at New England and at Miami.

The New York Times Playoff Machine gives Buffalo a 42 percent chance of making the postseason and ending North America's longest big-league postseason slump. The Baltimore Ravens are at 79 percent, and the Tennessee Titans are at 68 percent.

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