Looking to stay ahead of the growing pack of contenders in the AFC wild-card race, the Buffalo Bills face a critical bounce back game Sunday when they face the resurgent Miami Dolphins in a clash of AFC East rivals.
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When: Sunday, Nov. 17
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
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Buffalo (6-3) still owns the first wild-card spot in the conference and is two games behind New England in the AFC East, but the Bills came up short in a 19-16 loss at Cleveland last Sunday for its second loss in three games.
There were flashes of brilliance on both sides of the ball. The defense turned away the Browns eight times from the 1-yard line in the first half and forced a turnover on downs. Josh Allen also threw for 266 yards, but there were not enough sustained stretches of solid play to pull out a victory. Stephen Hauschka missed a pair of field goals, including a potential game-tying 53-yarder with 17 seconds to play.
The Bills also look to be transitioning their running game from veteran Frank Gore to rookie Devin Singletary as their feature back. Singletary, the team’s third-round pick, had more carries than Gore for the second straight game, as he finished with eight rushes for 42 yards while Gore totaled just 12 yards on five carries.
Singletary has totaled 309 yards on 6.44 yards per carry, though he has had more than 10 rushes in just one contest. Teams are also starting to have more success against the Bills on the ground. Buffalo yielded 147 rushing yards in Sunday’s loss, the third straight game it has been gashed for 127 or more yards. Buffalo has given up an average of 140.6 yards on the ground in its last five games after holding opponents to 84.3 per contest in the first four.
With back-to-back wins after an 0-7 start, the Dolphins qualify as the hottest team in the AFC East. They followed up their maiden victory over the New York Jets with their first road win of 2019, holding off the Indianapolis Colts, 16-12, last Sunday.
Jason Sanders booted a pair of 48-yard field goals 2:14 apart in the final 5:45 for Miami, which intercepted quarterback Brian Hoyer three times and turned those takeaways into 13 points. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick accounted for the only Dolphins touchdown with an 11-yard scramble to paydirt in the second quarter and finished 21 of 33 for 169 yards and an interception through the air.
Kalen Ballage, who moved up the depth chart at running back following the trade of Kenyon Drake to Arizona and four-game suspension of Mark Walton for violating the league’s conduct policy, had season highs of 20 carries for 43 yards.
Miami carried a 14-9 lead into the fourth quarter of the first meeting between the teams in Buffalo in Week 7, before the Bills rallied for three fourth quarter touchdowns to record a 31-21 victory. Allen threw for 202 yards and a pair of scores, connecting with John Brown and Cole Beasley on the touchdowns. The Bills are seeking their second season sweep of the Dolphins in the last three years.