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The Buffalo Bills will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon with the Bills trying to hang on to their season. If Buffalo can claim their fifth win of the season today then they would keep their playoff dreams just about alive, but a loss would all but bring their season to a close. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Bills enter Week 13 with a record of 4-7, which is enough to see them at the foot of the AFC East. They are joined in the basement by the New York Jets who are also 4-7, with both teams just a game away from the Miami Dolphins in third. The Bills will be looking at this and every fixture remaining this season as a must-win.
The Jaguars meanwhile are rock bottom of the AFC South with a record of 2-9, and even if they were to win every game left they would not make the playoffs. They are playing for nothing more than pride right now.
However, pride is a big thing, and the Jaguars have not been laying down for opposition sides to just walk all over them. Chad Henne has come in at quarterback for Jacksonville and has thrust some new life into the seemingly worn-out outfit. With Henne at the helm the Jaguars have managed an overtime loss as well as a victory. Henne will have more than pride to play for – over the next five games he will be hoping to cement himself in the team as the number one quarterback and take Blaine Gabbert's place.
The Bills' coach Chan Gailey is under pressure to finish the season strongly and hopefully steal a playoff berth. He has received a number of supportive comments from team members recently, which is a clear indication that everyone knows his position is under pressure right now. Over three seasons he has a record of 14-29, which put simply is just not up to expectations.
The Bills have five games left, and if they sweep them all they can end the season with nine wins – which could have an outside chance of seeing them scrape them through to the postseason.
Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson has said, "I love Chan. If we go 9-7, everybody's talking something totally different. We're still going to keep the faith and keep playing hard and see how it goes."
However, in all reality there has not been any indication that the Bills will win out. They have been hugely disappointing at utilizing the talent that they've assembled up front, and have had some atrocious defending this season. Although they might be favorites to win today against the lowly Jaguars, most pundits think that it is highly unlikely the Bills will even reach .500 let alone make 9-7.
Of course the Bills need to make it past a slightly revitalized Jaguars first – inspired by Chad Henne.
The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.