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Can Miami Dolphins slow Buffalo Bills' pass rush?

If the Dolphins win out, they're a playoff team for the first time since 2008. It's as simple as that.

Less clear is how Miami's shaky offensive line will handle itself Sunday against the frisky pass rush of the Bills.

Buffalo leads the league with 49 sacks this season, just one away from the franchise mark of 50 set back in 1964. The Bills will attempt to make history against a Dolphins offensive line that has allowed an NFL-worst 51 takedowns this season.

The matchup pits Bills pass rusher Mario Williams against Dolphins right tackle Tyson Clabo, who was victimized by Williams when Buffalo beat Miami 23-21 back in Week 7. Clabo's shoddy pass protection allowed Williams to tear into quarterback Ryan Tannehill for two sacks on the afternoon, one triggered a fumble that led directly to Buffalo's game-winning field goal.

Clabo was benched for his efforts, only to win the job back one week later when the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito drama blew up. Asked this week if he's ready for another dose of Mario, Clabo told The Miami Herald: "It's going to be fun ... (The Bills) are good. There's definitely a challenge. I'm going to show up."

Clabo has given up just three sacks and four quarterback hits since, but Williams is playing at a Pro Bowl level this season. It's natural to sit back and watch the quarterbacks do their thing, but Clabo's handiwork on the right side might be the key to this game -- and to Miami's playoff hopes.

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