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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy doubtful for National Football League playoffs

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy doubtful for National Football League playoffs

If the saying is true that misery loves company, it's only fitting that the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills will both end long playoff droughts on Sunday afternoon by sharing the same field.

How effective McCoy will be if he plays remains to be seen. "Especially the way I play, it's more cutting than running".

Once again, Bortles has to avoid messing up and giving the Bills a chance.

The Jaguars earned their way to the postseason for the first time since 2007 because of an opportunistic defense that led the league with 52 sacks and allowed just 173.5 yards passing per game. And on Wednesday, the Bills really didn't offer up much more than that.

"I'm just happy for the opportunity, man", Dareus said this week. "I think when you put on the last two games, I think he's played well and looks like he's becoming more comfortable with the calls and what we do". He was wearing a walking boot in the locker room as the team celebrated qualifying for the playoffs, and you could tell his excitement was muted given his injury.

X-rays taken at the stadium on Sunday were negative and McCoy was re-evaluated Monday, when no structural damage was detected.

Milano did get 69 percent of the defensive snaps last Sunday for a total of 49, with Ramon Humber getting the balance of the work (22 snaps, 31 percent).

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If McCoy has to sit out, Mike Tolbert and Marcus Murphy will likely receive the bulk of the carries. He showed some burst, vision, and provided a spark for the Bills. If the Bills' defense can create turnovers, I feel like they have a chance of winning the game. It would take near-perfect execution offensively and big plays from Tyrod Taylor and Kelvin Benjamin against one of the best pass defenses in football. It's Fournette and the league's top rushing attack against the Bills' No. 29 run defense, which became especially bad after trading tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars during the season.

Tackle Jordan Mills will not practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury, and linebacker Matt Milano will not practice because of his hamstring. "The last two games, he's played well".

His availability may be the biggest X-factor during Sunday's matchup. Buffalo needs at him as close to full strength as possible, and he doesn't need practice reps to prove anything. "If he's healthy, we want him absolutely to be out there playing and giving us his all".

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Count on that defense to rediscover itself, particularly against a Bills offense that will either be missing LeSean McCoy, or have a hobbled McCoy. "Yeah, there's been some games where we've passed the ball pretty well, but our run game is who we are as the offense". Familiarity is their friend, in this case.

The two teams also completed a trade prior to the deadline October 28, with the Bills sending high-priced defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. At least, he'll pretend not to hear it in a press conference setting. The Bills were 2-4 against playoff-bound teams (Kansas City and Atlanta), while Baltimore went 0-5. The way he was talking about the Jaguars, he made it sound as though they had no advantages heading into this game. They are unique and rare, and we understand that.