Sunday Stats: Dolphins vs Bills

By Craig Ballard
Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE


Gameday! The Miami Dolphins have their final home game today as they host their AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills. Every Sunday I hope you get your coffee and put your feet up to enjoy Sunday Stats for YOUR MIAMI DOLPHINS. Here we go…

Since the division changes in 2002 the Dolphins are 9-12 vs the Bills. That includes a 19-14 loss at Buffalo in week 11 of this season.

In the past 10 seasons these two teams have split the games in Miami, but the Dolphins have won three of the past four meetings at Sun Life Stadium.

Leodis McKelvin is OUT for the Bills. In the week 11 Bills/Dolphins game McKelvin broke a 79-yard touchdown punt return.

Davone Bess caught a touchdown pass in that week 11 game, but he is OUT for this game. Dan Carpenter missed his only field goal attempt in that game, and he too is OUT (article on Carpenter’s future with the Dolphins is HERE). Miami will also be without Charles Clay (article on Clay is HERE) and without Daniel Thomas (article on Thomas out for season is HERE). On defense Koa Misi is OUT for the second straight week.

The Bills have a running game that is ranked #6 in the NFL, but their run defense is horrid at #30. The Bills have allowed 22 touchdowns on the ground, by far the worst in the NFL. The Bills allow 5.1 yards per carry, also worst in the NFL.

We should see a big day from Reggie Bush. He has opposed the Bills three times as a Dolphin, two were stinkers and one was a monster game. Bush combined for just 52 yards on 25 carries in two of the games, but last season in week 16 Bush romped for 203 yards in a 30-23 Dolphins victory at Buffalo.

Miami is 4-3 at home. A win would get them to a rare 5-3 record for games played in Miami. In the past 10 years Miami has been 5-3 just twice, and never better than 5-3. In the past two seasons coming into this season Miami had five combined wins at home (1-7 in 2010, 4-4 last season).

The Bills are getting 5.4 yards per carry on the road. Fred Jackson is done for the season, but C.J. Spiller is still there for the Bills. Spiller averages a gaudy 7.8 yards per carry on the road, but he has just two touchdowns on the road.

Bills top wide receiver Stevie Johnson also has just two touchdowns on the road.

Miami is a top-5 defense for sacks, but just 14 of their 39 sacks have come at home. Cameron Wake is 4th in the NFL with 14.0 sacks, but just 2.5 of those have come in Miami.

Mario Williams has nine sacks in his last nine games, and on the season 7.5 of his 10.5 sacks have come on the road.

The Dolphins have a measly two interceptions in their last nine games (yikes). The Bills had zero interceptions last week, but they had five in the previous four games.

Only five teams have forced more fumbles than the Bills.

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