The 9-5 Miami Dolphins will travel to Buffalo to take on the 7-7 Bills in this week’s Saturday afternoon matchup with both teams coming off convincing wins. Miami easily defeated the New York Jets 34-13 at Met Life stadium last week despite starting backup quarterback Matt Jones. For the Dolphins it was their 8th win in their last 9 games and they can clinch a playoff berth this week with a win and a Broncos loss. Buffalo kept their slim playoff hopes alive with their 33-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns last week. The win ended a 2 game losing streak and the Bills must win both of their remaining games and get some help to make the playoffs.
Matt Moore made his first start since January 1, 2012 last week and had the best game of his career finishing with a passer rating of 126.2. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 236 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Dion Sims who had 4 catches for 31 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jarvis Landry also had a nice game with 108 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions. They struggled running the ball as they only gained 67 yards on 27 carries which is an average of just 2.5 yards per rush. Jay Ajayi led the team with 51 yards on 19 carries. Defensively they forced 4 turnovers with 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. They also sacked Bryce Petty 3 times for a loss of 22 yards. They had issues against the rush as the Jets were able to gain 116 yards on 23 carries which is an average of 5 yards per rush. Over their last 5 games the Dolphins defense have allowed their opponents to average 21.5 points per game.
Tyrod Taylor finished with a quarterback rating of 94.1 last week as he completed 17 of 24 passes for 174 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Charles Clay who had 7 receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. They had success running the ball gaining 280 yards on 40 carries which is an average of 7 yards per rush. LeSean McCoy led the team with 153 yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 carries. Defensively, they weren’t able to force a turnover but they did Sack Robert Griffin III 5 times for a loss of 34 yards. They also struggled against the rush as Cleveland gained 107 yards on 21 carries which is an average of over 5 yards per rush. Over their last 5 games the Bills defense has allowed their opponents to average 22 points per game.
Miami has gone 7-7 against the spread this season including 3-4 on the road. Buffalo has gone 8-6 against the spread this season including 4-3 at home. The Bills will have home field advantage and are 5 point favorites for this game. Both teams are still alive in the playoff chase and still have something to play for.
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