The Buffalo Bills used electric special teams play and stout defense to down the Miami Dolphins 19-14 on Thursday night. Now at 4-6 overall, the Bills enter the crowded race for a playoff spot in the AFC.
In his recap of the game, Jason Pieri from SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings said the win officially puts the Bills in the postseason hunt.
"The Bills took their first step toward any potential playoff bid. Amazingly, they are second in the AFC East now, and two game out from a wild card birth with six weeks remaining. They got to this point by putting away a team they should beat, something they could not do earlier in the season versus Tennessee. That's progress."
A 79-yard punt return from Leodis McKelvin gave Buffalo its only touchdown of the contest, but Pieri writes that C.J. Spiller's performance gave the national television audience a taste of a running back coming into his own.
Pieri said this of Spiller:
"Spiller has grown up, runs with patience, takes what the defense allows, and breaks spectacular runs when they come. Buffalo fans, this is what a star running back looks like. Tonight, the whole nation got an introduction to what is hopefully a long career of big plays and lightning cutbacks for Spiller."
Next up for the Bills is a meeting with the fellow AFC playoff contending Indianapolis Colts. Pieri says it's another "must win" game for Buffalo's postseason chances:
"The next step comes in ten days against the upstart Indianapolis Colts. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is doing his best Dan Marino impression, and the Colts are playing inspired football for head coach Chuck Pagano, who is beating leukemia. The Bills need to bring their lunch pail and a lot of effort to win that game, another step to the post-season, and a must win game."