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Gameday- Dolphins in role of spoiler against wildcard seeking Bills

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One final time in 2017, the Miami Dolphins will take the field Sunday, but in this case, they know their season is done. However, their opponent the Buffalo Bills still have hope for an AFC Wildcard spot, and Miami would like nothing better than to end that at Hard Rock Stadium.

Why to watch?

As stated above, the obvious is the Bills hope for the playoffs. They defeated Miami two weeks ago to get their eighth win and all but eliminate the Dolphins at the same time. Now, the Dolphins have a chance to ruin it for their long time AFC East opponent.

The Bills still need some combination of losses from the Ravens, Titans and or Chargers, in addition to their potential win Sunday. But, they must take care of business first and get to 9-7.

Buffalo has the longest running streak of non-playoff seasons in the NFL, currently at 18 years.

Key Matchup

Bills RB LeSean McCoy vs. Dolphins run defense. McCoy has run for 1,128 yards on the season, but he only had 50 yards on 20 attempts in the game in Buffalo two weeks ago. So, that was mission accomplished for Matt Burke’s defense against McCoy and the ground attack. McCoy did have a TD catch in the victory.

Will the Bills get the ground game going? If they don’t, it may be a long day for them, especially because QB Tyrod Taylor has been injured and inconsistent in the last two months Running the ball will be a big key for Buffalo.

Statistically Speaking

Both teams have struggled offensively for a lot of the season and especially down the stretch to play consistent football and score points.

Examples? The Fins are 28th in the NFL in points scored and a big reason for the struggle to score is they are also 30th in turnovers. 14 of those giveaways are Jay Cutler’s interceptions.

Meanwhile, the Bills have 24 takeaways on defense, 14 of them picks and they intercepted Cutler three times in the previous meeting two weeks ago.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has not been that much better. His completion percentage is only at 62% and his QB rating is just 88.1 with 12 TD passes and 4 INTs.

Whomever gives the better QB play will likely decide this one.

And for the Bills playoff hopes sake, they have to have Taylor be that guy.

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