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AFC wild card

Miami Dolphins (9-7) at Buffalo Bills (10-6)

Time:Time: 12:30 p.m.

Site: Rich Stadium, Buffalo, N.Y.

TV/Radio: Chs. 2, 7/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Bills by 3 1/2

Injuries: Dolphins -- LB Dewayne Dotson (knee), T Tom McHale (groin) are out; CB Frankie Smith (wrist) is doubtful; S Louis Oliver (ankle), G Bert Weidner (hip), WR Mike Williams (ankle) are questionable. Bills -- S Henry Jones (knee), WR Damon Thomas (leg) are out; CB Marlon Kerner (leg), S Kurt Schulz (ankle) are questionable; TE Tony Cline (hip), S Chris Green (shoulder), LB Sam Rogers (ankle) are probable.

Outlook: Just when you think it's safe to kick dirt on the Bills, who lost four consecutive Super Bowls beginning with the 1990 season, they retooled the roster. The most notable acquisition, free-agent LB Bryce Paup, led the league with 17 1/2 sacks. But Buffalo's main edge might be frosty Rich Stadium, where a cold day has to help the Bills and hurt the Dolphins. Buffalo has won six of the past eight meetings in the series, including a 23-20 decision at home two weeks ago that clinched the AFC East for the Bills. Miami, which got off to a 4-0 start and played .500 the rest of the way, might have to make a deep run in the playoffs to save the job of Don Shula, the NFL's all-time winningest coach.

Vito Stellino's pick: Bills 21, Dolphins 14 -- Do you think Shula would have put up with Bryan Cox's antics a couple of decades ago?

NFC wild card

Detroit Lions (10-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

Time: 4 p.m.

Site: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

TV/Radio: Chs. 2, 7/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Lions by 3

Injuries: Lions -- T Jeff Jones (Achilles'), G Doug Widell (ankle) are doubtful; DT Robert Porcher (ankle) is probable. Eagles -- WR Art Monk (arm) is out; Rhett Hall (knee) is doubtful; DT Mike

Chalenski (thigh) is questionable; DT Kevin Johnson (spine), WR Calvin Williams (ankle) are probable.

Outlook: The Eagles have a formidable task: disrupt the rhythm of one of the league's hottest offenses. Detroit's Scott Mitchell set single-season team records in most passing categories. Herman Moore and Brett Perriman combined for the most catches (231) and yards (3,174) of any receiving duo in NFL history. And then there's Barry Sanders, who ran for 1,500 yards. The Eagles' defense has the ability to slow the Lions, but QB Rodney Peete and the offense will have to contribute. Peete has struggled down the stretch as opposing defenses have focused on RBs Ricky Watters and Charlie Garner.

Vito Stellino's pick: Lions 28, Eagles 20 -- This is an intriguing matchup of a bad coach with a good team against a good coach with a bad team. The Lions will have to overcome Wayne Fontes' coaching.

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