Miami Dolphins (5-6) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-7)
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 2
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.
TV ANNOUNCERS: Andrew Catalon, play-by-play; James Lofton, 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 60-47-1 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 34-20-1
AT BUFFALO: Bills lead 27-25
AT TORONTO, CANADA: Dolphins lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2017 at Miami; Bills 22, Dolphins 16
SERIES TREND: The last three seasons have produced sweeps, with the Dolphins beating Buffalo twice in 2016. The past four meetings were decided by eight points or less after the previous five featured double-digit margins.
HISTORY LESSON: The Dolphins have faced the Bills in December 28 previous times, but this will be the first game on Dec. 2. The Dolphins played host to the Bills on Dec. 4 in 2005 in a game that produced the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history. The Dolphins fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter on three touchdown passes from JP Losman to Lee Evans and took a 23-3 lead in the third quarter with a safety, during which Dolphins starting quarterback Gus Frerotte was knocked out with an injury. Sage Rosenfels came on in relief and guided the Dolphins to three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the last coming on a 4-yard pass to Chris Chambers with six seconds left for an improbable 24-23 victory. Read more "Matchup Memories" here.
BUFFALO’S RECORD: 4-7
LAST GAME: Won 24-21 vs. Jacksonville
OVERVIEW: The Bills haven’t been able to successfully follow up their first playoff season in 19 years, largely because of quarterback issues. Buffalo selected Josh Allen from Wyoming in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft but began the season with Nathan Peterman as its starter. Allen eventually took over but missed some time with an injury before returning last week to help the Bills defeat Jacksonville. Buffalo has been held in single digits in points in five of 11 games and two others ended with them scoring 13 points. Second-year wide receiver Zay Jones, the son of former Dolphins linebacker Robert Jones, leads the team in receptions with 37, but running back LeSean McCoy is averaging only 3.3 yards per rushing attempt. Matt Milano and Jordan Poyer are tied for the team lead with three interceptions, while Jerry Hughes (6), Lorenzo Williams (5.5) and Kyle Williams (5) all have five or more 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
Final Injury Report
|WR Danny Amendola (knee)||TE A.J. Derby (foot/knee)|
|C Travis Swanson (ankle)||WR DeVante Parker (shoulder)|
|QB Derek Anderson (concussion)||TE Charles Clay (hamstring)|
|G John Miller (oblique)|