When the Buffalo Bills begin their crucial run of three straight home games, which starts this Sunday vs. the winless Miami Dolphins, they have an opportunity to keep pressure on the New England Patriots for top spot in the AFC East.
How to watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 20
Where: New Era Field, Buffalo, N.Y.
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
The Bills (4-1) are 1.5 games behind the unbeaten Patriots in the AFC East, and these two teams are the only AFC teams with fewer than two losses. This week’s game against the Dolphins kicks off a three-game homestand in upstate New York, and, with this matchup plus games against NFC East foes Philadelphia and one-win Washington, the Bills could potentially come out of this stretch with a sweep.
Buffalo has not opened a season 5-1 since 2008, but that campaign ended poorly at 7-9. This Bills team, though, looks to have staying power as its only loss was a hard-fought six-point defeat to New England in Week 4. The Bills have conceded just 70 points (4th in the NFL) in their five games with no opponent scoring more than 17. The 14 points per game allowed is a substantial improvement on their 2018 mark of 23.4 per contest.
The Dolphins, one of two winless teams remaining in the NFL with Cincinnati, were competitive for the first time this season but still on the short end of a 17-16 scoreline last Sunday versus the Washington Redskins.
Miami staged a late rally and nearly overcame a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit as Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench in place of the ineffective Josh Rosen and directed a pair of touchdown drives. First-year coach Brian Flores opted to go for the win after Fitzpatrick and DeVante Parker hooked up on an 11-yard scoring pass with six seconds to play, but the two-point play -- a bubble screen intended for Kenyan Drake -- fell incomplete.
Miami has not opened a season with six losses since going 0-7 to open 2011. The home team won both games last year, with the Bills storming to a 42-17 rout as Josh Allen threw for 224 yards and three TDs.