BUFFALO BILLS (2-4) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-2)
DATE: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV ANNOUNCERS: Bill Macatee, play-by-play; Steve Tasker, analysis
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Keith Sims; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro
SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 57-40-1 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 32-16-1
AT BUFFALO: Teams tied 24-24
AT TORONTO: Dolphins lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2012 at Miami; Dolphins 24, Bills 10
HISTORY LESSON: The Dolphins have an impressive 11-4 record against the Bills in October games in Miami, including a 38-10 rout in the last such meeting in 2009. Furthermore, two of the four losses came in overtime, including a 38-35 decision in 1983 in the first NFL start of Dan Marino’s Hall of Fame career.
SERIES TREND: There have been several runs in this series, and it’s the Dolphins who currently have a nice one going. After Buffalo won seven of eight meetings between 2004 and 2007, the Dolphins have answered by taking seven of the last 10. The Miami defense has been a key during this stretch, with the Dolphins holding the Bills under 20 points in all but two of those last 10 meetings. Four of Miami’s seven victories in those last 10 games have been by 13 points or more.
BILLS’ RECORD: 2-4
LAST GAME: Lost vs. Cincinnati, 27-24 (OT)
OVERVIEW: The Bills started fresh this season with new head coach Doug Marrone and first-round pick E.J. Manuel getting the call at quarterback, and things looked promising until bad luck hit. Manuel showed flashes early in his rookie season and had the Bills in position to improve to 3-2 in their Week 5 Thursday night matchup against the Cleveland Browns. But Manuel went down with a knee injury in the third quarter, Buffalo was outscored 20-0 down the stretch at Cleveland, and that was followed by a disappointing overtime loss against the Bengals last Sunday. Former practice squad player Thad Lewis had a solid showing at quarterback in that game but also sustained a foot injury, which prompted the Bills to add former Packers backup Matt Flynn to the roster.
KEY NEW FACES: QB E.J. Manuel (draft-1st round), WR Robert Woods (draft-2nd), LB Kiko Alonso (draft-2nd), WR Marquise Goodwin (draft-3rd), K Dan Carpenter (Miami), DE Alan Branch (Seattle), LB Manny Lawson (Cincinnati), LB Jerry Hughes (Indianapolis), S Jim Leonhard (Denver), QB Thad Lewis (Detroit), QB Matt Flynn (Oakland).
KEY VETERANS GONE: LB Kelvin Sheppard, DE Chris Kelsay (retired), LB Nick Barnett, S George Wilson, DE Mark Anderson, K Rian Lindell, WR Brad Smith (IR), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Donald Jones.