Bills at Dolphins
With a defense ranked sixth in points allowed, the Miami Dolphins look to keep their faint playoff hopes alive when they host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Dolphins need to win their final two games and get a lot of help to land an unlikely berth in the playoffs. Miami, which defeated Jacksonville 24-3 last week, can finish the season 8-8 and sneak into the playoffs by virtue of the tiebreaker with a pair of losses by Cincinnati and a Pittsburgh loss to Cleveland.
Buffalo was hammered by Seattle 50-17 a week ago to officially extend its playoff drought to 13 years, the longest active streak in the NFL. The Bills turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the game, all on errors by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. They were even worse defensively as the sizzling Seahawks scored the first five times they had the ball, three of them touchdown runs by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. The loss assured the Bills of a finish below .500 for the eighth straight season.
TV: 1 p.m. ET. CBS. LINE: Dolphins -4.5, O/U 41.5
ABOUT THE BILLS (5-9): Buffalo has lost two straight to fall into a familiar place - the AFC East cellar. Last week the Bills played host to Seattle in a game at Toronto. Center Eric Wood called the fact that his team had to play over the border a joke but it wasn't as laughable as his team's effort. The Bills rank sixth in the NFL in rushing, paced by the stellar season of C.J. Spiller. But Fitzpatrick continues to struggle. He is 19th in passer rating with 15 interceptions. Buffalo has surrendered 402 points, tied with Oakland for the most in the league.
ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (6-8): Miami's defense remains ranks sixth in total yards but it hasn't been enough to overcome a woeful offense which ranks near the bottom in many categories. The Dolphins bottled up the Jags last week and used its ball-control offense to cruise to an easy win. The most disheartening thing about the day, however, was that the stadium was only half full for an in-state rival. With RB Daniel Thomas on the IR with a knee injury, the playoff push will be in the hands of Reggie Bush, who needs 105 yards to reach 1,000 for the season.
1. Miami WR Davone Bess is questionable with a back injury.
2. Buffalo is 30th in the NFL against the run.
3. Wood hopes to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament this week.