|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.3||3-0||1-2||27.0||7.7||397.0||(6.1)||1.0||17.0||5.7||347.3||(5.6)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||22.1||10.9||18.1||29:09||22-95||(4.2)||23-37||62.4%||233||(6.3)||60-329||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||11.4||19.4||30:01||27-113||(4.2)||21-35||60.7%||232||(6.6)||62-345||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Offense Road Games||22.4||10.4||20.0||30:55||25-100||(4)||24-38||62.2%||233||(6.1)||63-333||(5.3)||(14.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.1||9.6||20.5||31:27||28-117||(4.2)||22-38||59.0%||239||(6.3)||66-356||(5.4)||(16.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.8||11.3||20.3||31:38||27-106||(4)||23-37||61.4%||241||(6.5)||64-347||(5.4)||(15.2)|
|Defense Road Games||21.1||10.0||18.4||29:05||26-103||(4)||20-35||57.6%||227||(6.5)||61-330||(5.4)||(15.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.5||1.5||0.1||14-5||35.8%||1-0||30.0%||2-55||(23.2)||2-17||(8.2)||4-37|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||2||14-5||39.1%||1-0||43.7%||2-54||(22.5)||20-2||(9.6)||6-56|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.3||0.4||1.7||-0.1||14-6||42.9%||1-0||16.7%||2-57||(23.4)||2-19||(9.1)||5-42|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.4||1.6|| ||15-6||38.2%||1-1||53.3%||2-58||(23.1)||3-29||(10.8)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||38.8%||1-0||47.3%||2-53||(23)||21-2||(10.1)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.1||0.4||1.6|| ||13-4||31.2%||1-1||40.0%||3-73||(23.1)||3-28||(10.9)||6-44|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2||1-2||2-1||21.3||13.3||328.3||(5.3)||3.0||27.0||17.0||341.0||(5)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||21.4||11.6||18.8||28:16||33-138||(4.2)||19-33||57.3%||192||(5.8)||66-330||(5)||(15.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||11.5||19.3||30:03||27-109||(4.1)||22-36||60.5%||235||(6.6)||63-344||(5.5)||(15.2)|
|Offense Home Games||23.7||12.8||19.5||29:04||38-154||(4)||19-31||59.9%||208||(6.7)||69-363||(5.2)||(15.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.3||12.9||19.9||32:32||30-127||(4.3)||20-36||56.3%||219||(6.1)||66-346||(5.3)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22||11.3||19.3||30:28||26-103||(3.9)||22-36||60.8%||231||(6.4)||62-334||(5.3)||(15.2)|
|Defense Home Games||21.7||8.5||19.8||32:19||27-117||(4.3)||22-40||55.5%||224||(5.6)||67-341||(5.1)||(15.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.9||1.9||0.1||15-5||34.3%||1-0||36.4%||2-31||(20)||2-17||(7)||7-62|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||2.1||14-5||38.2%||1-0||46.2%||2-50||(22.4)||21-2||(9.1)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8||0.5||16-6||37.2%||1-0||40.0%||1-28||(21.2)||2-18||(7.6)||8-61|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||0.5||1.9|| ||16-6||39.0%||1-0||44.4%||3-61||(21.8)||3-34||(11.7)||7-62|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.5||1.7|| ||14-5||37.6%||1-0||45.2%||2-58||(23.9)||22-2||(10)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.8||0.5||2.3|| ||16-5||35.1%||1-0||60.0%||4-82||(22.3)||2-22||(9.5)||5-44|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 20.5, BUFFALO 19.5|
|10/27/2013||@ NEW ENGLAND||17-27||L||6||L||46||U||31-156||22-42-145||3||37-152||13-22-100||1|
|11/11/2013||@ TAMPA BAY||19-22||L||-2.5||L||39||O||14-2||27-42-211||1||37-140||11-21-124||1|
|12/1/2013||@ NY JETS||23-3||W||-1.5||W||39.5||U||36-125||28-43-328||1||22-99||13-28-78||3|
|12/22/2013||@ BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/27/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||17-35||L||10||L||48||O||25-88||22-39-211||3||26-77||26-34-309||0|
|12/8/2013||@ TAMPA BAY||6-27||L||3||L||42.5||U||22-67||18-33-147||5||36-165||9-25-81||2|
|12/22/2013||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MIAMI: More than last season, this year's Miami offense figures to more closely resemble the one head coach Joe Philbin was a part of in Green Bay. Expect a lot more running out of spread looks, as the Dolphins have the personnel to line up three- and four-wide and let speedy slasher Lamar Miller stick his foot in the ground and get upfield. Miller is set to get a true No. 1 workload behind a zone-blocking line. Daniel Thomas is the No. 2 but spends a lot of time in the doghouse.
The Dolphins are largely a West Coast offense, but they'll be able to stretch the field more this season. Both Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are capable of big plays downfield, and Wallace will be used often as a catch-and-run threat as well. TE Dustin Keller will play a lot of reps and should be their primary target in the middle of the field. Brandon Gibson figures to return to strictly slot duties, as his skill set is similar to that of the departed Davone Bess. The Dolphins use their backs as receivers often, and both Miller and Thomas are capable receivers. The Dolphins figure to remain relatively run-heavy in the red zone, especially after losing top red zone target Anthony Fasano.
The Dolphins finished seventh in scoring defense despite not forcing a turnover in seven of their final nine games. They moved up to draft DE Dion Jordan to line up opposite star DE Cameron Wake (15 sacks), and are banking on both CBs Brent Grimes (Achilles) and Richard Marshall (back) to be injury-free. Miami released ILBs Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, and spent big on MLB Dannell Ellerbe (92 tackles, 69 solos with Ravens), giving him to a 5-year, $35M deal, and then grabbed SLB Philip Wheeler (109 tackles, 78 solos with Raiders) and inked him to $26M over five years.|
|BUFFALO: Don't expect major changes to the running game under new head coach Doug Marrone's regime. O-Line coach Pat Morris has leaned toward zone blocking over his career. The Bills should continue to rely on a lot of inside zone plays, which were highly effective last year. They'll continue to utilize both of their talented backs, with C.J. Spiller getting the bulk of the work over Fred Jackson. Spiller has become more of a north-south runner, making him much more effective. They'll also bring back a fullback sometimes.
Marrone and new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were together at Syracuse, where they ran a tempo passing game that used a lot of no-huddle and pistol formations. If EJ Manuel isn't ready Week 1, Kevin Kolb will start and should get to make a lot of decisions pre-snap. Stevie Johnson is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, and the kind of cerebral, instinctive player who should thrive in this offense. Running backs are also expected to be featured much more heavily than in recent seasons. Spiller showed an ability to pick up tough yards last year and will typically get the first crack near the goal line.
The Bills surrendered 35+ points six times last year, but new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Jets DC in 2012, will try to capitalize on more forced turnovers than Dave Wannstedt's defense did last year (21 takeaways, T-9th-fewest in NFL). Pettine was criticized for running too conservative of a defense in New York, but has rolled out a hybrid 3-4 scheme in Buffalo. He has plenty of pass rushers in DEs Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, and the team also has two new starting OLBs in Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes. The quality secondary could miss hard-hitting S George Wilson, but Buffalo gets to face six opponents with bottom-6 scoring offenses from last season.|
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*Dolphins-Bills Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Despite the lingering distraction of the bullying scandal, the surging Miami Dolphins have a chance to reach the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
Looking for a season-high fourth consecutive victory, the visiting Dolphins can possibly clinch that playoff berth Sunday while trying to avenge an earlier loss to the Buffalo Bills, who will be without their starting quarterback and top receiver.
Miami (8-6) opened with three straight wins then dropped four in a row prior to the scandal involving teammates Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito that drew front-page headlines across the country. The investigation into the matter continues.
Instead of folding, the Dolphins have won five of seven. With victories over Buffalo (5-9) and the New York Jets at home next weekend, Miami would head to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
A win Sunday and losses by Baltimore and Cincinnati would clinch that postseason berth sooner.
"We are fighters," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "We've been through a lot. Guys are tough and are able to handle anything that happens on the field."
Tannehill has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 843 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions during Miami's three-game run, made up of road victories over the Jets and Pittsburgh as well as Sunday's 24-20 home win over AFC East-leading New England.
Mike Wallace has three TDs in four games and topped the 100-yard receiving mark for the second time during that span with six receptions for 105 against the Patriots.
Miami allowed an average of 28.5 points during its four-game slide Sept. 30-Oct. 27, but has yielded 18.4 over the last seven. Tom Brady threw for 364 yards with two TDs last weekend, but rookie safety Michael Thomas intercepted him on fourth down with seven seconds left to seal the victory.
Miami held Buffalo to 268 yards but recorded only 293 during a 23-21 home loss Oct. 20. Tannehill threw three TDs but was picked off twice, one of which was taken back by Nickell Robey for the game's first touchdown.
Ex-Dolphin Dan Carpenter made three field goals, including the winner with 33 seconds left as Buffalo overcame a four-point deficit after three quarters.
"Every game is important, and certainly this one coming up against the Buffalo Bills is very important," coach Joe Philbin told the Dolphins' official website. "We've attempted to approach each and every game the same way.
"We're going to take a look at obviously what (Buffalo did) the first time."
Looking to win a third straight away from home, Miami has a chance to go undefeated on the road in December for the first time since it went 3-0 in 2008. The Dolphins had won three of four in Buffalo before losing 19-14 there last Nov. 15.
A sprained right knee kept Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel out of the October game against the Dolphins, and a left knee injury will keep him from playing Sunday. Thad Lewis, who went 21 of 32 for 202 yards with an INT and no TDs while getting sacked four times at Miami, will make his fourth start of the season and first since Oct. 27.
In danger of a fifth straight season of double-digit losses, Buffalo looks to win consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 16-23, 2012, after defeating Jacksonville 27-20 last week.
"We'll look to do whatever we have to do to win because it's critical for us to win," coach Doug Marrone said. "And I think when you win, you learn a lot from that."
Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller helped the Bills roll up 198 rushing yards last week while rookie Robert Woods had five catches for 82 with a TD.
Stevie Johnson had one catch a day after his mother passed away, and he'll miss this contest while remaining with his family.
Buffalo forced three turnovers against the Dolphins in October and recorded four against the Jaguars. The Bills, however, have allowed an average of 149.0 rushing yards over the last five games.
Miami running backs Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller combined for 103 in the first meeting with Buffalo.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 6:58:12 AM EST|