Bengals need Patriots to lose for 2 seed; Bils may not have EJ Manuel


Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) scrambles against the New England Patriots during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

After the Buffalo Bills looked like world-beaters in shutting-out the Miami Dolphins yesterday, a small glimmer of hope crept into the minds of Cincinnati Bengals fans who are hoping they’ll be able to upset the New England Patriots in Week 17.

That, combined with a win by the Bengals over the Baltimore Ravens would propel them in the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. That will be tough task for the Bills to accomplish as it is already, and they may have to go Sunday without their starting QB:


"Marrone said the Bills would “take a peek” at Manuel during Tuesday’s practice, but made no guarantee that Manuel would play Sunday. Last Wednesday, Manuel was limited by a sprained left knee and sat out a win against the Miami Dolphins.With one game remaining in their season, the Bills might ultimately choose to sit their rookie quarterback in the finale.“I think there’s always a chance,” Marrone said. “I mean, there’s a chance that Marquise Goodwin can’t play, there’s a chance that Aaron Williams can’t play. There’s a chance that someone can come in here tomorrow and say ‘I don’t feel well.’ So I think it’s very difficult.”"

Don’t assume that Manuel won’t play Sunday until he’s officially declared out. Marrone hasn’t been the most forthcoming regarding player injuries, and just last week, he said he was “110 percent confident” that  Manuel would play this week against the Patriots.

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