ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Miami won 30-23. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos travel to Orchard Park, N.Y., for a Christmas Eve matchup against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. The Broncos, the AFC West leader, will need a victory over the Bills to keep some breathing room ahead of the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, who all have scenarios to win the division. The Broncos opened as three-point favorites over the Bills, according to Odds Shark, but at least one place has already decided to move it up by half of a point.
After the Bills had started 5-2 and the Broncos at 2-5, this game has changed in importance for the teams. The Broncos, as noted above, are out for a division title. The Bills are on a seven-game losing streak and looking to at least salvage seven wins out of the season.
Peter King, meanwhile, thinks there will be no Tebow miracle this week. He's picking the Bills.
This makes no sense, other than I believe in Christmas miracles for the city of Buffalo, I feel Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than he's shown in the last two months ... and I'd love to see the Broncos and Chiefs have a brawl to the death in Week 17 for the AFC West's playoff berth.
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