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Five Buffalo Bills to watch in the Wild Card round against the Jacksonville Jaguars

These guys have to show up and play smart football to advance in the playoffs

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The Buffalo Bills will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs and it has been a while since either team has made it this far. Jacksonville is in the playoffs for a reason and they have a defense built to win games. The offense will need to be on its best behavior and the defense will need to do what they've been good at this year, force turnovers.

QB Tyrod Taylor

The Jaguars defense has given up just 170 passing yards per game for the season, which is good for the best in the NFL. Taylor doesn't throw for many yards to begin with but with LeSean McCoy’s ankle in question, the pressure may end up falling on Taylor’s shoulders. Jacksonville is second in the league with 55 sacks on the year and Taylor has been sacked 46 times, not an ideal matchup for the Bills. Taylor will have to elevate his game to the highest level possible. If the Bills get the win, Taylor also earns himself an extra $500,000 as well.

RB LeSean McCoy

McCoy suffered an ankle injury during the Dolphins game last week and at the time it seemed like he wouldn't play at all in the postseason. McCoy avoided disaster and suffered a low ankle sprain. Just a week after the injury, McCoy won't be 100 percent for the game. He will more than likely have to play through some pain and hope the usual Jaguars run defense shows up, where they give up 116 yards per game at an average of 4.3 yards per carry.

RT Jordan Mills

Mills has been better as of late but he is still the weakest link on the Bills offensive line. At times, Mills has been made silly of from pass rushers around the league. This week he will have to face guys like Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, who have a combined 26.5 sacks and 9 forced fumbles on the year. If Mills has a bad day, it could be a long one for Tyrod Taylor and the passing attack.

S Jordan Poyer

Poyer has been playing lights out and earned himself the AFC defensive player of the month. During that span, he has had 30 tackles, 3 interceptions and 4 passes defended. Despite the dialogue around him, Blake Bortles statistically isn't having a great year. He only completes 60 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 13 picks on the year. Just last week, Bortles completed only 44 percent of his passes and added 2 picks on to that against the Titans. For a safety who is playing so well and a QB can has more bad days than good ones, the opportunities for Poyer to create turnovers could happen more than once.

CB Tre'Davious White

White has been outstanding for the majority of the year. Sunday he will be tested with two very good receivers for Jacksonville. Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns may not have the stats that a lot of top tier receivers in the NFL have but they are talented nonetheless. Lee is their leading receiver with 56 catches as 702 yards on the year. The same scenario with Jordan Poyer applies, Bortles can very well give White opportunities to create turnovers and if he does, White and the rest of the Bills need to capitalize. White is going to have his chances to make an impact in the run game on the edge as well.