Dolphins matchup may no longer be a "gimme game"

November 13, 2019 - 12:54 am

There is no denying a favorable schedule has been key in the Bills 6-3 record through nine games.

Getting to play opponents like the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, and the New York Giants has helped put Buffalo in prime position to grab at least a Wild Card spot in the playoffs.

Playing the winless Miami Dolphins in October was seen as one of the many "gimme games" the Bills had on the schedule but with the Dolphins back on the schedule Sunday?

The matchup doesn't seem as easy to look past.

Miami has won two straight games, including last week's win against the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts.

Led by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, the tank-buster himself, the Dolphins have played competitive football.

Bills fans shouldn't be surprised by the recent success with Fitzpatrick under center.

After starting the 2010 season 0-8, Fitzpatrick led the Bills to a 4-4 record in the second half of the season.

It cost them a chance at drafting Cam Newton with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Not to mention at the time Buffalo was 0-8, many believed Andrew Luck would declare for the draft as well.

Fast forward nine years and it may be happening again for the tanking Dolphins.

Over the last five weeks, Miami has lost just one game by two touchdowns or more.

While they are still at the bottom of the league at 2-7 and the Bills should be considered a heavy favorite, this isn't the Dolphins that were outscored 163 to 26 through the first month of the season.

Buffalo may not be able to afford the slow start that gave Miami a chance the last time these two teams played.

The offense can't sleepwalk through four quarters for a second straight game.

The Bills can't prove to the league they are legitimate contenders with a win Sunday, but they can put their season in danger with a second straight loss to an inferior opponent.

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