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Bills playing to show progress now that playoffs are out of the picture

With the playoffs out of the picture, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills believe they still have something important to compete for before the season is over.

Job security.

With questions raised about his future as well as coach Chan Gailey's, Fitzpatrick can't predict what changes might be coming in January. What he and the team can control is salvaging what's left by using the final two games to show they're making progress.

That's the case Fitzpatrick laid out on Monday, a day after an embarrassing 50-17 loss to Seattle that formally knocked the Bills out of the playoff race for a 13th straight season.

Buffalo (5-9) closes the year playing at Miami (6-8) on Sunday, followed by a home game against the New York Jets on Dec. 30.