Whenever Hall of Fame quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Dan Marino squared off in the late 1980s and 1990s, the matchups between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins were “must-see” television, rivalry games pitting two of the AFC’s finest teams.
Fast forward a few decades, and the Bills/Dolphins games have lost some of that luster.
While Buffalo (4-2) sits in first place in the AFC East and is widely considered to be one of the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, things aren’t going so well in South Beach. Miami (1-6) has lost six straight since eking out a season-opening win over the New England Patriots.
These two AFC East foes meet Sunday afternoon in a Week 8 clash, and the game will be the primary 1 p.m. EDT CBS broadcast only for fans in the Buffalo and Miami viewing markets, along with a large portion of Wyoming, where Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen played football during his collegiate days, and Southeastern Alabama, where Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa played during his.
CBS’s broadcast team consists of Andrew Catalon handling the play-by-play duties, with former Bill James Lofton serving as the color analyst.
The areas that can see the game are highlighted in orange (map courtesy of 506sports):
Besides Buffalo hosting Miami, the rest of the CBS early slate of games includes the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to play the Cleveland Browns (in red), the Cincinnati Bengals traveling to face the New York Jets (green), and the Tennessee Titans at the Indianapolis Colts (teal).
Sunday’s matchup will be the 116th meeting all-time between the Bills and Dolphins. The Dolphins lead the series 61-53-1, with the Bills winning the last six meetings.
Buffalo blanked Miami 35-0 in Week 2 of the 2021 campaign, as Allen tossed a pair of touchdowns, Zack Moss rushed for a pair of scores, Devin Singletary rushed for 82 yards and a TD, and Buffalo’s defense registered six sacks, forced two fumbles and had one interception. A.J. Epenesa delivered a punishing hit that knocked Tua Tagovailoa out of the game in the first quarter, adding injury to insult for the Dolphins.
The Bills have won six straight, eight of the last ten, and 13 of the last 17 vs. the Dolphins dating back to the 2013 season.