Dolphins face red-hot Bills in hunt for AFC East wild card

Author: CBS Sports
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. The Miami Dolphins need a good game Sunday to ensure they get to keep playing, and that’s especially true for Tua Tagovailoa. Coach Brian Flores has benched Tagovailoa twice in the fourth quarter, including last week at Las Vegas, when backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick helped Miami overcome a pair of deficits in the final 10 minutes. (AP Photo/David Becker)

The Buffalo Bills (12-3) will be returning home after a two-game road trip. Buffalo and the Miami Dolphins (10-5) will face off in an AFC East battle at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Bills Stadium. The Bills are out to keep their four-game home win streak alive.

Buffalo ran circles around the New England Patriots last Monday, and the extra yardage (474 yards vs. 201 yards) paid off. Buffalo ended the year with a bang, routing New England 38-9. The contest was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Buffalo had established a 31-9 advantage. QB Josh Allen and WR Stefon Diggs were among the main playmakers for Buffalo as the former passed for four TDs and 320 yards on 36 attempts in addition to picking up 35 yards on the ground and the latter caught nine passes for three TDs and 145 yards. One of the most thrilling moments was Diggs’ 50-yard TD reception down the right side of the field in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, it was a tight matchup that could have gone either way, but Miami made off with a 26-25 win over the Las Vegas Raiders last week. Miami’s RB Myles Gaskin looked sharp as he caught five passes for two TDs and 82 yards. One of the most thrilling moments was Gaskin’s 59-yard TD reception down the right side of the field in the fourth quarter.

Most of the squad’s points came courtesy of special teams, which contributed 14. K Jason Sanders delivered a perfect 4-for-4 game.

Miami is now 10-5 while Buffalo sits at 12-3. The Dolphins are still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs while the Bills have clinched a playoff berth as the current second seed in the AFC.

This next game is expected to be close, with Buffalo going off at just a 2-point favorite. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a seven-game streak of ATS wins.

Buffalo came out on top in a nail-biter against Miami in the teams’ previous meeting last September, sneaking past 31-28. Will Buffalo repeat their success, or do the Dolphins have a better game plan this time around? We’ll find out soon enough.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Bills Stadium — Orchard Park, New York
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $49.00


The Bills are a slight 2-point favorite against the Dolphins, according to the latest NFL odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Bills as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

Series History

Buffalo have won eight out of their last 11 games against Miami.

  • Sep 20, 2020 – Buffalo 31 vs. Miami 28
  • Nov 17, 2019 – Buffalo 37 vs. Miami 20
  • Oct 20, 2019 – Buffalo 31 vs. Miami 21
  • Dec 30, 2018 – Buffalo 42 vs. Miami 17
  • Dec 02, 2018 – Miami 21 vs. Buffalo 17
  • Dec 31, 2017 – Buffalo 22 vs. Miami 16
  • Dec 17, 2017 – Buffalo 24 vs. Miami 16
  • Dec 24, 2016 – Miami 34 vs. Buffalo 31
  • Oct 23, 2016 – Miami 28 vs. Buffalo 25
  • Nov 08, 2015 – Buffalo 33 vs. Miami 17
  • Sep 27, 2015 – Buffalo 41 vs. Miami 14

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