Dolphins-Bills Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013
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MIAMI (8-6) At BUFFALO (5-9)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Dolphins by 2-1/2

2013 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Miami 9-5, Buffalo 7-7

SERIES RECORD — Dolphins lead 57-41-1

LAST MEETING — Bills beat Dolphins 23-21, Oct. 20, 2013

LAST WEEK — Dolphins beat Patriots 24-20; Bills beat Jaguars 27-20

AP PRO32 RANKING — Dolphins No. 14, Bills No. 23

DOLPHINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (24), PASS (17)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (22), PASS (16)

BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (4), PASS (28)

BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (26), PASS (6)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Dolphins have lost four straight and are 1-5 in last six trips to Orchard Park on Nov. 15 or later. That doesn't include Miami's 16-3 win on Dec. 7, 2008, in Buffalo's "home" game at Rogers Centre in Toronto. ... Miami seeking to avoid season series sweep against Buffalo for 12th time and first since 2007. ... Dolphins control own playoff chances in bid to earn their first postseason berth since 2008 and third in 13 seasons. Miami can clinch as early as Sunday with a win, and losses by both Baltimore and Cincinnati. ... Dolphins are 5-2 since OT Jonathan Martin left team on Oct. 28, alleging he was being harassed daily by teammates, including Richie Incognito, who was suspended one week later. ... QB Ryan Tannehill enjoyed second-best passer rating (120.6) and matched career 0best with three touchdowns last weekend. With 3,627 yards passing, he's 42 shy of cracking Dan Marino's hold on all top-10 spots on Dolphins' single-season list. ... Miami is NFL's only team to have takeaway in each game this season. ... DE Cameron Wake needs 1 1/2 sacks to reach 10 for third straight season. ... Bills have extended NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 years, and guaranteed ninth straight season with losing record. ... Bills haven't won consecutive games since Weeks 2-3 of 2012. ... With rookie starting QB EJ Manuel out with swollen left knee, backup QB Thad Lewis to make fourth start this season, and second against Dolphins. Lewis, from Miami, went 21 of 34 for 202 yards and interception in 23-21 win at Miami on Oct. 20. ... DE Mario Williams has team-leading 12 sacks, but only one in past six games. ... Bills' run defense allowing average 149 yards in past five outings after allowing 115 in first nine. ... RB Fred Jackson 44 yards rushing short of Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and OJ Simpson to reach 5,000 in Buffalo. ... Bills are 3-3 when they have 149 or more yards rushing.



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