The AFC playoff picture is a bit cloudy right now but both the Bills and Dolphins are still in the race. For the Dolphins, the path to the playoffs is simple. If they win their last two games, the Dolphins will make it. Even if the Dolphins win just one of two games against the Bills or Patriots, there is a strong chance that they make it. For the Bills, playoff hopes are much drearier. For a full breakdown of what needs to happen for the Bills to reach the playoffs, check out this article. It all starts with a crucial home game against the Dolphins on Christmas Eve.

How Will the Bills Stop Jay Ajayi?

Last time the Bills played the Dolphins, Jay Ajayi ran for a whopping 214 yards and scored a touchdown against a porous Bills defense. For Buffalo to win, Ajayi will need to be stopped. This time, the Bills will have the benefit of run stuffer Marcell Dareus and also a weaker offensive line in Miami. Ajayi hasn't run for more than 100 yards since week 9, so injuries to the Dolphins offensive line have definitely hurt his production. In any case, the Bills cannot allow a similar performance from Jay Ajayi if they want a win on Christmas Eve.

Can the Bills Defense Take Advantage of Matt Moore?

The Dolphins will have Matt Moore instead of Tannehill at quarterback in their second meeting.

Rex Ryan has a penchant for frustrating inexperienced quarterbacks, but Moore doesn't exactly fit that bill. The veteran has plenty of experience, but that shouldn't stop Rex Ryan and the Bills from applying pressure and forcing Moore to throw the ball more often on Christmas Eve.

Will LeSean McCoy Have a Better Performance?

In week 7, McCoy managed to run for only 11 rushing yards on 8 carries. The run first Bills offense relies heavily on McCoy for production and will need a lot more than that from him if they are going to be successful on Christmas Eve. Buffalo's rushing attack leads the NFL and will play a crucial part in Saturday's game.

Sammy Watkins is a Dolphin Killer.

Watkins has missed almost the entire year thanks to an injury, but Sammy has lit up the Dolphins defense in the past. For some reason, the Dolphins struggle to cover the star wide receiver and allow him to get consistently open. If the Dolphins are focused on limiting LeSean McCoy, Sammy will certainly have plenty of room to work with on Christmas Eve.

The 7-7 Bills are 4 point favorites over the 9-5 Miami Dolphins on Christmas Eve. Buffalo needs to win this game to have any shot at making the playoffs this season.

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