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Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Updated: December 4, 11:06 AM ET
Bills: Dead or Alive?


Buffalo Bills
Overall record: 6-6
Division situation: Miami and New England lead the AFC East at 7-5
Division record: 2-3
Wild card situation: Four teams are tied at 7-5
Conference record: 3-6

Remaining games: at New England, San Diego, at Green Bay, Cincinnati

Drew Bledsoe
Drew Bledsoe has helped keep the Bills in the postseason hunt.

Why the Bills are alive: Like the Jets, with whom they're tied, the Bills have a decent shot at winning the AFC East. Short of that, they're still in the wild card hunt.

With Drew Bledsoe at the helm, it's hard to count the Bills out of anything. After three consecutive losses, following three consecutive wins, no one was sure how the Bills would come out against the Dolphins this past week. Bledsoe came up big, throwing for 306 yards in blizzard-like conditions, giving Buffalo a much-needed adrenaline boost heading into this week's rematch with Tom Brady and the Patriots. A win at New England and the Bills are right there -- and wouldn't that be sweet for Bledsoe?

Why the Bills are dead: With those weak conference and division records, the Bills are going to have to win out, and the schedule is hardly conducive to going 4-0. Even if they manage to beat the Pats, they still have to handle the Chargers the next week, and the prospect of playing at Green Bay in late December is downright scary.

Besides, the Bills' defense really isn't ready for prime time -- the Bills are giving up 142 yards per game on the ground and 28 points.