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USA Today still predicts Bills headed to the playoffs

By Tim Graham

Go ahead and call USA Today the Jim Cantore of Buffalo Bills backers.

While everyone else has evacuated their Bills playoff predictions faster than you can say "D batteries," USA Today is holding its ground.

In USA Today's midseason report on all 32 teams, the Bills graded out as a "C" along with this comment: "Watch out for these guys. They could easily jump up and grab that final wild-card spot. In fact, we think they will."

In its thumbnail for the Indianapolis Colts, USA Today writes: "The winner of their Nov. 25 game against the Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs. Since we already went on record here as saying the Bills are in, we'll stick with them."

What are the odds? In 10,000 season simulations from AccuScore, the Bills made the playoffs 14.5 percent of the time.

Thanks to the good folks at BuffaloRumblings.com for pointing out the USA Today slideshow. I normally stay away from slideshows. They give me hives. And I apologize for linking to it.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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