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Bills Today: 2016 rushing total is top 10 in team history


Here's the Bills news of note for Dec. 20th.

**1 - 2016 rush total top 10 in team history

**The Bills rushing exploits this season have been well documented, but after Sunday's 280-yard output, Buffalo's 2016 rushing campaign has climbed into the top 10 in team history.

After setting the franchise mark for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 27, following three rushing TDs in the win over the Browns, the Bills also moved into 10th place on the franchise's single-season rushing yardage list.

The 2016 Bills now have 2,290 rushing yards on the season. They moved up 11 places from where their season ranked last week after their big ground total against Cleveland.

Buffalo's current rushing attack has a legitimate chance to reach the top five by the end of the regular season. They would need just 146 rushing yards over their last two games to rank fifth in team annals and on average they're pumping out 163 yards plus on the ground.

Even if they held to their average over the final two weeks the 2016 Bills would finish third in franchise history with just over 2,600 rushing yards.

"Our offensive line did a great job opening the holes all day," said Jerome Felton. "When we execute I feel like we have the best running game; obviously we have the best running game in the league. It's all about execution and we did that Sunday." 

Realistically the 2016 Bills don't have a chance to take over the top spot. They would need almost 800 yards rushing to surpass the 1973 Bills, who rushed for 3,008 yards in just 14 games. O.J. Simpson ran for 2,003 of those yards that year.

2 - Bills playoff picture still existsThere's no debating that Buffalo's playoff picture is bleak. Even if the Bills win their last two games, they could be eliminated this week if Baltimore posts a win over Pittsburgh on Christmas night. Buffalo already cannot catch current AFC Wild Card holder Kansas City (10-4). So come this weekend the Bills could be eliminated with a Baltimore win.

There's also a scenario where if Houston and Tennessee win this weekend that the Bills could be eliminated knowing those two AFC South rivals square off in Week 17.

The Titans face the Jaguars under interim head coach Doug Marrone, and the Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals. Tennessee's situation appears more favorable facing a wayward Jaguars team, than Houston, who has an uncertain situation at quarterback and faces a Bengals offense due to get A.J. Green back in the lineup this week.

Suffice to say there will be a lot of scoreboard watching this weekend.

3 - A budding chemistry?It's taken longer than anyone really wanted, but with two games left to play the on field chemistry in the passing game between Tyrod Taylor and Charles Clay might finally be taking hold. Clay's season-high seven receptions on Sunday were a byproduct of mismatches as the Browns had to respect Buffalo's run game and left Clay matched up with linebackers and box safeties.

But Tyrod Taylor also looked as confident as ever in making use of Clay in the middle of the field. According to ProFootballFocus, Taylor had a passer rating of 149.1 when targeting Clay, who helped by pulling in all seven of his targets.

Taylor also completed six of eight passes in the intermediate range (10-19 yards) Sunday.

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