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Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) celebrates his 50 yard touchdown run during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills defeat Cowboys 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports


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What an ugly game of football. The Buffalo Bills inched past the Dallas Cowboys 16-6 to move to a seventh win on the season. And it’s a year of what could have been for the Bills. Early in the year, the defense looked dominant while Tyrod Taylor and the offense was electric.

When they defeated the New York Jets in Week 10, it looked like the Bills were going to surpass the Jets in the playoff hunt and make a march towards a wild-card berth. Since then, however, the Jets have won five of six while the Bills have won only twice. For Rex Ryan, the mission is now to stop his former employer from reaching the playoffs.

The Bills will be fired up in this game, make no mistake. They will want to win it for their coach. If the Bills can’t make the playoffs, the next best thing for Ryan is to end the Jets’ hopes. Todd Bowles has improved Ryan’s 4-12 team to one that sits at 10-5 in control of its own playoff destiny.

Can Ryan shut the Jets out of the playoffs, or will Bowles avenge the Week 10 loss?

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