ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Don't tell Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone his team has nothing left to play for.
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).