It’s just one week, but after one week, the Miami Dolphins (1-0) are the only AFC East team with a victory on the young season.
Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills (0-1) hope a trip to South Beach will serve as the perfect remedy to get this team with Super Bowl aspirations back on track following a disappointing 23-16 setback vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2021 season opener.
Allen and the Bills mustered only one touchdown in four trips to the red zone, while Buffalo’s offensive line allowed T.J. Watt and the rest of the talented Pittsburgh front four to apply constant pressure on Allen as Buffalo squandered a 10-0 halftime lead in the opener.
Up next is a familiar divisional foe, the Dolphins, a team Allen has owned since entering the NFL as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. All Allen has accomplished against the Fish is post a 5-1 record, including five consecutive victories, with 20 total touchdowns, four interceptions, a 62.3 completion percentage and a passer rating of 111.1.
During the recent five-game winning streak vs. Miami, Allen has directed a Bills offense that is averaging 39 points per game, including a 56-26 trouncing of the Fish in the 2020 regular-season finale.
Some of Allen’s best performances as a pro have against the Dolphins, including last year in Week 2, when Allen had four TD passes and 415 passing yards during a 31-28 triumph.
This year, Miami held off the New England Patriots by a 17-16 score in Foxboro in Week 1. Second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 16-of-27 passing for 202 yards with two total touchdowns (one passing and one rushing), while rookie wideout Jaylen Waddle caught four passes for 61 yards and one TD, and Xavien Howard recovered a fourth-quarter fumble to clinch the win for Miami.
Sunday’s matchup will be the 115th meeting all-time between the Bills and Dolphins.
The Dolphins lead the series 61-52-1, with Buffalo sweeping the 2020 season series by scores of 31-28 on Sept. 20, and 56-26 on Jan. 3.
In the first matchup, Josh Allen completed 24 of 35 passes for 415 yards with four touchdowns. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs hauled in eight passes for 153 yards with a touchdown, John Brown caught four passes for 82 yards with a score, and Gabe Davis and Reggie Gilliam each added receiving touchdowns in the win.
Then, wide receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie hauled in two receiving touchdowns and added an 84-yard punt return, Allen was 18 of 25 for 224 passing yards with three TDs and one interception, Antonio Williams added two rushing touchdowns, and Dean Marlowe picked off two passes to power the Bills in the regular-season finale. Buffalo set a franchise record for points scored (501) while scoring their second-most points in a game.
The Bills have won seven of the last nine meetings with the Dolphins, and 12 of the last 16 dating back to the 2013 season.
The Bills are 3-point favorites and will be wearing their blue jerseys with white pants and white helmet. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Channel: The game will be carried on FOX on WUTV in Buffalo, WUHF in Rochester, WFXV and WSYT in Syracuse and Utica, WICZ in Binghamton and Elmira, WYDC and WSYT in Elmira, WWNY and WNYF in Watertown, WXXA in Albany, and WFXP in Erie. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Sarah Kustok (sideline reporter).
Location: Hard Rock Stadium | Miami Gardens, Fla.
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Eric Wood with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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Thursday Injury Report
- Full practice participant: WR Isaiah McKenzie (shoulder), LB Matt Milano (ankle).
- Limited participant: WR Gabriel Davis (ankle), DT Star Lotulelei (calf), S Micah Hyde (neck).
- Did not practice: WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot/rest day).
- Full participant: S Clayton Fejedelem (shoulder), DT John Jenkins (knee), WR DeVante Parker (shoulder), LB Elandon Roberts (knee), TE Adam Shaheen (knee), LB Andrew Van Ginkel (back), WR Preston Williams (foot).