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Next steps for Dolphins and Bills

Neither is likely to make the playoffs; here's what Week 12 taught us about 2010

Updated: December 1, 2009, 1:18 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Terrell OwensKevin Hoffman/US PresswireAnd just like this, the Dolphins turned attention to 2010.

In the Any Given Sunday series, Football Outsiders looks at a key upset from each week of NFL action and what it means to the future of both teams. This week's edition focuses on the Buffalo Bills knocking off the Miami Dolphins -- and where both squads can go from here.

A playoff contender died last Sunday. Despite season-ending injuries to Chad Pennington and Ronnie Brown, the Miami Dolphins had been one of the better teams in the AFC -- and a win over the Buffalo Bills would have tied them for the conference's final wild card spot. Instead, the Bills scored 17 points in the game's final four minutes to turn a tie game into a 31-14 blowout; the Dolphins are essentially left to think about next year. And when they do, here's where they should start: the team has an obvious glaring hole on offense (no, not at quarterback), and another in the center of their defense.


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