ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Don't tell Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone his team has nothing left to play for.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone says the Bills final two regular season games are "critical" for the Bills.
The Bills (5-9) are assured of extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons. And yet Marrone is intent on using their final two games to get a jump on preventing the streak from reaching 15.
Marrone, on Monday, called it "critical" for the Bills to continue showing signs of progress a day after a 27-20 win at Jacksonville.
"Its critical. These next couple of games are critical. Every play is critical. Our preparation is critical. I don't want to lose sight of that. Its very important we have a lot of guys on this team that potentially can return. And I think its important that we play well."
The victory wasn't enough to prevent Buffalo from being knocked out of playoff contention. On the bright side, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel overcame a sloppy start to secure his first road win.
The Bills close against two AFC East rivals. They host Miami (8-6) on Sunday before traveling to play New England (10-4).