Coming off an early-season bye week, the Buffalo Bills (4-1) return home to face the Miami Dolphins (0-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday in a Week 7 clash at New Era Field. The Bills find themselves alone in second place in the AFC, trailing only the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (6-0) in the conference.
The season is still young, but at this juncture, Buffalo finds itself in prime position to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three years. With three straight home games forthcoming, beginning with the Dolphins game, the Bills can solidify their playoff chances by taking care of business in Western New York.
The Dolphins haven’t proven to be much of a challenge for the rest of the league, though Miami is coming off its best showing — a 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins, where the Fins had a chance to take the lead on a two-point conversion attempt late that came up short when the screen pass never materialized.
Former Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick came on for an ineffective Josh Rosen and directed a comeback effort for Miami. Fitzpatrick will get a chance to start against his former team on Sunday, but regardless of who is under center, the Dolphins offense has been inept, scoring a league-low 42 points in five games (a paltry average of 8.4 points per game).
The Dolphins offensive line is in disarray, with Miami allowing 23 sacks and 48 hits on the quarterback to rank in the bottom five of the NFL.
On the other side of the ball, Miami owns the league’s worst defense in total yards allowed per game (439.8) and points allowed per game (180 in five games, an average of 36 points per game).
The Dolphins have allowed 169.6 rushing yards per game, the second-worst figure in the league, which should bode well for Frank Gore, Devin Singletary, T.J. Yeldon and Josh Allen with the ground game.
This will be the 111th meeting all-time between the Bills and Dolphins.
The Dolphins lead the series 61-48-1, with Buffalo rolling to a 42-17 win in Week 17 of the 2018 season in the regular-season finale. Allen accounted for five total touchdowns (three passing and two rushing scores) and 319 all-purpose yards, Tre’Davious White and Tremaine Edmunds each picked off Ryan Tannehill, and the Bills outscored the Fish 28-3 in the second half to finish the season with a 6-10 record.
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WKTV 2 in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, WRGB 6 in Utica and Albany, WBNG 12 in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira, and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).
Location: New Era Field | Orchard Park, NY
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Eric Wood in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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Thursday Injury Report
- Full participant: QB Josh Allen (right hand), T Cody Ford (concussion), WR Robert Foster (groin), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring), TE Tyler Kroft (ankle), C Mitch Morse (ankle), DE Trent Murphy (concussion), RB Devin Singletary (hamstring).
- Limited participant: WR John Brown (groin), LB Matt Milano (hamstring), LB Corey Thompson (ankle).
- Full participant: DE Charles Harris (wrist), QB Josh Rosen (groin).
- Limited participant: G/T Jesse Davis (elbow), WR Jakeem Grant (hamstring), LB Trent Harris (foot), CB Xavien Howard (knee), CB Chris Lammons (ankle/toe), S Bobby McCain (hamstring/shoulder), RB Mark Walton (thumb), WR Albert Wilson (calf/hip).
- Did not practice: S Reshad Jones (chest), C Daniel Kilgore (knee), DE Avery Moss (ankle).