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The final countdown

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For Bills fans, it's been a season of pure disappointment, and many are thankful that it's finally ending. It all comes to an end with Sunday afternoon's home game against the Jets.

It's a game that won't garner much attention around the NFL. The Bills and Jets have both been out of it for weeks, both in the midst of suffocating tailspins that have dashed the once high hopes of their respective fan bases. We've spoken a lot over the past few weeks about what's left to play for. We always say "pride, jobs, the future." Players continued to have the same outlook this week, with a bit of exhaustion to go along with their disappointments.

"I think with all of the disappointment that has happened this year, with all the injuries, the criticism and all the different things-I think towards the end of the year when there are no playoffs, when there is not a whole lot to play for in terms of this win," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "This is a game that they are not playing for a whole lot and we are not really playing for a whole lot in terms of playoff implications, but it is a pride game. It is a game just to go out there and as Chan put it today ‘Who hates to lose?’"

"It’s the last week and we have to give it our all," added Stevie Johnson. "Obviously there are no playoffs. We are going against the New York Jets. We don’t like them, they don’t like us. It’s basically going to be a physical battle."

What's going to happen when the Bills-Jets game comes to a close on Sunday? Are we in store for major changes in Orchard Park?

With Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix in their third season as the Coach-GM combo, does a 15-32 record do enough to warrant a change with one or both? With Ryan Fitzpatrick due a $5 million roster bonus, will the organization instead cut ties with the NFL's nineteenth ranked passer? With or without a new regime, are we in line for major changes and what will they be? It's something on the minds of players.

"It could be," said George Wilson. "I'm not going to sit up here and speak in hypotheticals. We'll just have to wait and see. I think that's everybody. I don't think anybody in this building should be completely comfortable with where we are and where our team's been."

We will know for sure after the team wraps up the season Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park.

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