If the Miami Dolphins want to start looking like a playoff team, they might want to show they can beat the Buffalo Bills.

The Dolphins have lost to their AFC East rivals three times in a row, and need to end that streak Thursday night to avoid falling far back in the playoff race.

A last-minute loss Sunday at Detroit left the Dolphins (5-4) with little margin for further missteps. Ten teams are seeded ahead of them in the race for six AFC playoff spots, including the Bills (5-4), who beat Miami 29-10 in Week 2.

With 11 teams in the conference above .500, at least 10 victories will likely be required to make the playoffs. That means the Dolphins would need to win five of their remaining seven games.

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