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GAME TIME: 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, Dec 19th. The game will be broadcast regionally on CBS, on DirecTV channel 706 and on Sirius radio channels 127 and 144.

PLACE: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL.

FORECAST: A 10 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. North wind between 11 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

FIELD CONDITIONS: Sun Life Stadium's grass field should be in good shape. There is a high probability of showers on Saturday, so the field could be a little wet.

STANDINGS & STATS: The Dolphins are 7-6, in 3rd place in the AFC East. The Bills are last in the AFC East, with a 3-10 record.

Dolphins       Pts/Game  Rank   Bills          Pts/Game  Rank
Scored          17.3      31    Scored          19.7      23
Allowed         18.8       9    Allowed         26.1      27

Dolphins       Yds/Game  Rank   Bills          Yds/Game  Rank
Total Offense:	 321      22    Total Defense:   363      23
      Rushing:   106      19          vs Rush:   166      32
      Passing:	 215      17          vs Pass:   197       4

Bills                           Dolphins
Total Offense:	 313      25    Total Defense:   299       5
      Rushing:   115      12          vs Rush:    98       7
      Passing:   198      25          vs Pass:   201       6

Sacks		Made (Avg/G)	Allowed (Avg/G)
Dolphins         35    2.7        28      2.2
Bills            22    1.7        26      2.0

Turnover differential:
Dolphins         -7
Bills            -6

Individual Skill Position Stats:
Dolphins                        
QB:   QB Henne:     233-385-2676-13-15-76.5
Rush: RB Brown:               172-644-3.7-3
Rush: RB Williams:            132-578-4.4-2
Rec:  WR Bess:                62-673-10.9-3
Rec:  WR Marshall:            60-709-11.8-2
Rec:  TE Fasano:              34-467-13.7-4

Bills       
QB:   QB Fitzpatrick: 221-378-2526-21-11-85.0
Rush: RB Jackson:               181-775-4.3-5
Rush: RB Spiller:                56-232-4.1-0
Rec:  WR Johnson:               66-874-13.2-9
Rec:  WR Parrish:               37-578-15.6-4
Rec:  WR Nelson:                28-292-10.4-2

Legend 
     QBs: completions-attempts-yards-touchdowns-ints-rating
     RBs: rushes-yards-average-touchdowns
     WRs: receptions-yards-average-touchdowns

HISTORY: The Dolphins hold a 54-38-1 record against the Bills and beat the Bills in their opening game this year, 15-10. The last time these two teams faced each other in Miami, the Dolphins won 38-10.

INJURIES:

DOLPHINS: 
Out:          OT Vernon Carey (I/R)
              WR Brian Hartline (I/R)
Probable:     C  Joe Berger (ankle)
              CB Nolan Carroll (knee)
              S  Reshad Jones (rib)

BILLS: 
Out:          WR Lee Evans (ankle)
Doubtful:     C  Geoff Hangartner (knee)
Probable:     OT Demetrius Bell (knee)
              CB Drayton Florence (fibula)
              LB Chris Kelsay (knee)
              G  Andy Levitre (knee)

DOLPHINS' STARTERS:

Offense:		     Defense:
QB -  7 Chad Henne           LE  - 70 Kendall Langford
RB - 23 Ronnie Brown         NT  - 96 Paul Soliai
FB - 36 Lousaka Polite       RE  - 94 Randy Starks
WR - 19 Brandon Marshall     SLB - 55 Koa Misi
WR - 15 Davone Bess          ILB - 52 Channing Crowder
TE - 80 Anthony Fasano       ILB - 58 Karlos Dansby
LT - 77 Jake Long            WLB - 91 Cameron Wake
LG - 68 Richie Incognito     LCB - 21 Vontae Davis
C  - 67 Joe Berger           RCB - 24 Sean Smith
RG - 74 John Jerry           SS  - 37 Yeremiah Bell
RT - 76 Lydon Murtha         FS  - 30 Chris Clemons

K -   5 Dan Carpenter        P   -  2 Brandon Fields

PR - 15 Davone Bess          KR  - 28 Nolan Carroll
NOTES: With Vernon Carey out, the starting right tackle will be Lydon Murtha.
BILLS' STARTERS: 

Offense:                      Defense:
QB - 14 Ryan Fitzpatrick     LDE - 99 Marcus Stroud
RB - 22 Fred Jackson         NT  - 95 Kyle Williams
FB - 38 Corey McIntyre       RDE - 91 Spencer Johnson
WR - 13 Steve Johnson        LLB - 90 Chris Kelsey
WR - 19 Donald Jones         ILB - 50 Akin Ayodele
TE - 88 David Martin         ILB - 51 Paul Posluszny
LT - 77 Demetrius Bell       RLB - 52 Arthur Moats
LG - 67 Andy Levitre         RCB - 29 Drayton Florence
C  - 63 Geoff Hangartner     LCB - 24 Terrence McGee
RG - 70 Eric Wood            SS  - 20 Donte Whitner
RT - 61 Mansfield Wrotto     FS  - 31 Jairus Byrd

K  -  9 Rian Lindell         P   -  8 Brian Moorman

KR - 21 C.J. Spiller         PR  - 11 Roscoe Parrish
NOTES: C Geoff Hangartner has not practiced this week. If he doesn't play, the Bills' starting center will probably be right guard Eric Wood, and backup offensive lineman Cord Howard will step in at right guard.

KEY MATCHUPS:

  1. The Dolphins vs Themselves: In an interview this week, Coach Tony Sparano said that "each game now is more about us than our opponents". The offense, in particular, must play without mistakes against the Bills.
  2. Mansfield Wrotto vs Cameron Wake: Wake leads the AFC in sacks while Wrotto is a journeyman tackle who has started just 10 games in his 5 year career.
  3. Fred Jackson vs Dolphins' Linebackers: Jackson is the best weapon the Bills have, but the Dolphins' run defense has been very effective the last 3 weeks.
  4. WR Steve Johnson vs Dolphins' DBs: Johnson has been very effective for the Bills this year and leads their receivers with 874 yards and 9 touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Chad Henne has had two bad games in a row, although part of his problems in New York had to do with the weather. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have an opportunity to put up some big numbers this week while Lydon Murtha will start his second game at right tackle in place of Vernon Carey.

Cameron Wake is playing even better now than he did the first time these two teams faced each other and should be extremely disruptive on Sunday. Karlos Dansby continues to lead the team in tackles with 92, while Sean Smith, Vontae Davis and Nolan Carroll have all be steadily improving.

Bills' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken over for Trent Edwards and made the Bills ' offense respectable, if not excellent. RB Fred Jackson is their best offensive weapon and an excellent running back while WR Steve Jackson has emerged as the Bills' leading receiver.

On defense, LB Paul Posluszny and S Donte Whitner each have over 100 tackles already this year, while NT Kyle Williams leads the team with 5 sacks. CB Drayton Florence has 3 interceptions this year, while former Dolphins LB Akin Ayodele is starting at inside linebacker.

On special teams, Bills' return men Roscoe Parrish and C.J. Spiller are both potentially very dangerous, while the Dolphins' Nolan Carroll has come close to breaking a couple of returns this year.

MY ANALYSIS:

When the Dolphins meet the Bills, it almost never turns out the way it is predicted. That's partly because of the history these two teams have with each other, the emotion that is generated when they meet and lately, the fact that neither the Bills nor the Dolphins have been very predictable.

Last year, for example, the Dolphins crushed the Bills 38-10 in Miami in week 4 and then went up to Buffalo and self-destructed, losing 31-14 in week 12. In this year's opener, Miami beat the Bills in a close game, 15-10. Probably the biggest keys to that game were Miami's ability to control the clock and stop the Bills' running attack. Hopefully, the Dolphins will be able to pull off the same kind of performance this weekend.

The Bills are, statistically, the worst team in the NFL at defending the run. They give up an average of 165.8 yards per game to the rushing attack of opposing teams and that will play right into what the Dolphins want to do on Sunday.

Offensively, the Dolphins will almost certainly work hard on the rushing game. I would be surprised to see the Dolphins hand the ball off less than 30 times against the Bills and I expect that the Dolphins will be able to move the chains well against the last-ranked run defense. The bigger question is whether or not they will be able to get it into the endzone or have to settle for field goals.

Also, in the first game, Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes, but averaged a paltry 6.6 yards per reception. It would not surprise me to see the same pattern in this game. With Brian Hartline out, the Dolphins don't have a real deep threat, so the short passing game will probably be the order of the day.

So look for a standard conservative Dan Henning gameplan, based on the running of Ronnie and Ricky. ESPN Analyst Mark Schlereth went so far as to suggest that the Dolphins just line up in the Wildcat on every play and pound the ball at the Bills and I'm not sure I disagree. While I normally prefer more variety in an offense, injuries and Chad Henne's inconsistency of late make sticking to the running game a good plan for the Dolphins.

When the Bills have the ball, they rely heavily on Fred Jackson to carry the load. Jackson is a talented running back, but the Dolphins' defense has been excellent in stopping the run lately and there's no reason to think that that will change. Paul Soliai has really stepped up in the second half of the season and Cameron Wake and Koa Misi have both improved in their ability to set the edge of the defense, so the Bills' running game should go nowhere.

In the passing game, the Bills' receiving corps has been hit hard with injuries and premier receiver Lee Evans is out. Right now, their most dangerous receiver is 3rd year man Steve Johnson, but the Dolphins should be able to cover him. He's not an Andre Johnson and Fitzpatrick should be under a lot of pressure from Cameron Wake and the Dolphins' pass rush.

On special teams, the Bills do have some dangerous return men in C.J. Spillers and Roscoe Parrish, but the Dolphins have been improving throughout the year and as long as they don't give up any scores, they should be fine.

The biggest concern the Dolphins face is making mistakes and turnovers. The only way the Bills can win this game is if the Dolphins help them with missed blocks, fumbles, interceptions, dropped passes, missed tackles and penalties. Man-to-man, the Bills are overmatched, but only if the Dolphins can keep from making the kind of mistakes that cost them the game against the Browns.

PLACES TO WATCH:

To watch the game on TV, you may go to one of the sports bars listed on my "Places To Watch" web page.

To listen to the game live over the Internet, you must now pay the NFL for the privelege. They are charging $9.99 (US) per month or $39.99 for the season for something you used to get for free. If you want to sign up for that, go to the following link NFL Field Pass.

Also, here is a list of some websites that have live scores and updates. Both the Official Website and NFL.com have almost live applications that run in your browser and give you current stats and play-by-play information.

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