Miami Dolphins (7-8) at Buffalo Bills (5-10)
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 30
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: New Era Field; Orchard Park, N.Y.
TV ANNOUNCERS: Beth Mowins, play-by-play; Steve Beuerlein, color analyst
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast—Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast—Roly Martin, Eduardo Martell
SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 61-47-1 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 35-20-1
AT BUFFALO: Bills lead 27-25
AT TORONTO, CANADA: Dolphins lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2018 at Miami; Dolphins 21, Bills 17
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins will try to make it four consecutive years that this series has ended in a sweep. The Dolphins did it in 2016, and the Bills did it in 2015 and last year. The past five meetings were decided by eight points or less after the previous five featured double-digit margins.
HISTORY LESSON: This will be the first time the Dolphins close out a regular season with a game at Buffalo. The teams have met in a season finale in Miami six times, with the Dolphins winning five of those games. The Bills’ 22-16 victory last season followed Dolphins victories in 1970 (45-7), 1977 (31-14), 1981 (16-6), 1985 (28-0) and 2001 (34-7). Read more "Matchup Memories" here.
BUFFALO’S RECORD: 5-10
LAST GAME: Lost 24-12 at New England
OVERVIEW: The Bills are wrapping up a disappointing season in terms of their record, but they have to be encouraged by the late-season performance of quarterback Josh Allen. While he has battled inconsistency with his passing, Allen has been a major force as a runner. Allen leads the Bills with 536 rushing yards despite missing four games. He averaged 111 rushing yards in a recent three-game stretch that included his 135-yard performance against the Dolphins on Dec. 2. That was the sixth-highest rushing total ever by a quarterback and the highest in the NFL since 2014 when Colin Kaepernick had 151 yards against the San Diego Chargers. Zay Jones, the son of former Dolphins linebacker Robert Jones, leads Buffalo in receptions with 50 and had his first NFL two-touchdown game against Miami on Dec. 2. Buffalo will come into the season finale with the No. 2-ranked defense in the NFL and the top-ranked pass defense. Jordan Poyer leads the team with four interceptions, and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander leads with 6.5 sacks.
KEY NEW FACES: QB Josh Allen (draft-1st round), LB Tremaine Edmunds (draft-1st), DT Harrison Phillips (draft-3rd), DT Jordan Phillips (Miami), QB Derek Anderson (Carolina), QB Matt Barkley (Chicago), P Matt Darr (Miami), DT Star Lotulelei (Carolina), RB Chris Ivory (N.Y. Jets)
KEY VETERANS GONE: QB Tyrod Taylor, TE Nick O’Leary, P Colton Schmidt, LB Ramon Humber, DT Adolphus Washington, C Eric Wood, WR Kelvin Benjamin, WR Andre Holmes
Final Injury Report
|S T.J. McDonald (ankle)||LB Kiko Alonso (knee/hamstring)|
|DE Andre Branch (knee)|
|DT Ziggy Hood (hamstring)|
|DT Kendrick CB (ankle)|
|LB Julian Stanford (ankle)||RB Chris Ivory (shoulder)|
|WR Deonte Thompson (toe)||CB Ryan Lewis (concussion)|