The Miami Dolphins (3-4) travel north to visit the Buffalo Bills (3-4) in a pivotal matchup between AFC East rivals. While both teams seem to have a slim chance of catching the New England Patriots, they are not far off out of the wild-card race.
The two teams met in Miami in Week 3, with Buffalo jumping out to a 27-0 lead at halftime. The Bills would ultimately trounce the Dolphins, 41-14, with Ryan Tannehill throwing three interceptions and Tyrod Taylor having the best game of his professional career. Taylor tossed three touchdown passes and completed 72.4 percent of his passes in Buffalo's most convincing victory of the season.
Under interim head coach Dan Campbell, the Dolphins have shown some improvement. Miami scored 82 total points in two victories against the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, but managed just seven against the Patriots on Oct. 29.
But the Dolphins are still looking to find their identity offensively under Campbell and face the No. 6 rush defense (91.5 yards per game) in Buffalo. To make matters worse for Miami, they lost defensive end Cameron Wake and face a team with a fully healthy backfield in LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.
Rex Ryan's squad is also in need of a rebound after back-to-back losses, which included a demoralizing defeat to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Albeit due in large part to turnovers from their backup quarterback, the the defense-minded Bills allowed 34 points for the second week in a row and find themselves ranked tied for No. 18 in points allowed (24.7).
Buffalo’s offense hasn’t helped its defense and it could be a huge boost to get Taylor back under center. After missing two games with a knee injury, Taylor has declared himself "100 percent ready to go," and "recharged." No Buffalo receiver has more than two touchdown catches but Taylor has spread it around, hitting eight different guys for touchdowns in five starts.
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Prediction: Despite last week’s setback, the Dolphins are a better offensive team under Campbell and could easily find some early points. But the Bills defense should be inspired and Taylor is a major upgrade over EJ Manuel. Expect a close game, with Buffalo's defense forcing Miami into mistakes.
Predicted Score: Buffalo over Miami, 24-22