ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: Bills vs. Jags Flexed to Sunday Night Football
JACKSONVILLE, FL – In what is widely considered a preview of this season’s AFC championship game, NBC announced today that this weekend’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be flexed into the primetime “Sunday Night Football” slot, replacing the previously-scheduled contest between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
“We’re committed to showcasing the finest teams in the NFL on ‘Sunday Night Football.'” a spokesperson said, “And this season, it’s hard to find any teams that have played better than the Bills and Jaguars. We’re excited to show America a game that promises to be an instant classic.”
Currently at 11-2, the Buffalo Bills’ season appeared to be lost following a Week 4 injury to red-hot rookie QB E.J. Manuel. However, journeyman Thad Lewis and rookie backup Jeff Tuel have shown elite levels of play in guiding the Bills to wins over the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs, before turning the reins back over to Manuel for a Week 10 win over the Steelers. It’s expected that after the season is over, the Bill will be able to trade both superstar backups for first round picks to QB needy teams like New England and Green Bay.
At 12-1, meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the most dominant teams in the league. Veteran signal-caller Chad Henne has guided the team to spectacular victories, including a rare win against the Seahawks in Seattle, a brilliant seven-touchdown performance against the floundering Denver Broncos, and a blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers in front of 90,000 screaming fans at London’s Wembley Stadium. Behind a defense that allows less than fourteen points per game, a sensational year from RB Maurice Jones-Drew, and the heroics of WR Justin Blackmon, the Jags have cruised through most of their contests this season.
Much looks to be at stake in the Week 15 matchup. A Bills win over the Jags could go a long way in helping the Bills clinch the AFC East for the first time in eighteen years, especially as the New England Patriots play a united and unflappable Miami Dolphins squad. A Jaguars win over the Bills, meanwhile, would likely put the AFC South out of reach for disappointing second-year QB Andrew Luck and the struggling Indianapolis Colts, and could possibly lock up the number one seed for Jacksonville entering the playoffs.
“Obviously, we’re taking everything one game at a time, but we’re thrilled at the opportunity to play in front of the entire country on Sunday night,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. “You know, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with this awful nightmare that we’re actually 4-9, our first round QB is tossing interceptions like parade candy, and that we’d actually lost by three touchdowns to the Buccaneers, of all teams. But it doesn’t take long for that fear to pass and I remember how blessed I am to coach a team with so much talent. Go Bills!”
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