5 Games the Bills Have to Win to Make the Playoffs in 2012

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5 Games the Bills Have to Win to Make the Playoffs in 2012
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OK. I agree the title here is a bit of misnomer. Of course, the Buffalo Bills will probably have to win at least 10 games in a tight AFC to make the playoffs.

It's hard to imagine that the Bills can win 10 games this year, especially considering it has taken them two seasons to win 10 games under head coach Chan Gailey.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's Jekyll-and-Hyde nature at the helm of the offense hasn't inspired many to pick the Bills winning more than a middling seven, eight or nine games, and in a league where that one position has so much influence over a team's success, it's hard to hate on the doubters.

Yet, after one of the most eventful offseasons in team history, in which they added two elite pass-rushers in Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, the Bills appear poised to play meaningful games into December, and perhaps, have a crack at a playoff spot. 

There's another looming reason why this might be the year for the Bills to end their 13-year playoff drought, and it comes down to mojo, otherwise known as the league-wide parity in the NFL. Every year, at least one team, that finished fourth the previous year, wins one of the league's eight divisions. Any given Sunday? It's more like any given autumn. It's time to get superstitious Bills fans.

Here's a look at five games I think the Bills will have to win if they want to advance to the playoffs this year. 

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