By Ian S. Palmer
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The Miami Dolphins will be taking a road trip up to New York state on Sunday, November 8 when they take on the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in a big week-eight AFC East showdown. Both teams are coming off of losses as Miami was downed 38-7 by the New England Patriots in Foxborough last Thursday and the Bills were humbled 34-31 by the Jacksonville Jaguars over in London, England in week six. The Dolphins and Bills are now both 3-4 on the season and share the division basement.
Dolphins vs Bills – bet365 NFL BETTING LINE:
- bet365 currently lists the Bills at -3 at 10/11 with the Dolphins +3 at 10/11 and the over at 44 points at 10/11
Dolphins vs Bills – Betting Trends
- Team record: 3-4 straight up, 3-4 against the spread
- Miami is 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 games
- Miami is 2-4 straight up in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami’s last 10 games
- Team record: 3-4 straight up , 3-4 against the spread
- Buffalo is 2-4 against the spread in their last 6 games
- Buffalo is 2-4 straight up in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 6 games
Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill was placed under pressure by the Patriots last week and his teammates couldn’t stop New England from adding on the points. Tannehill went 28 for 44 in passing for 300 yards, but he was picked off twice and sacked five times. The Dolphins’ offensive line has now allowed nine sacks in their past two encounters. It’ll have to be better in Buffalo if they hope to climb up the standings. In addition, the backfield needs to improve after gaining just 15 yards last week, all courtesy of Lamar Miller on nine carries.
In his two previous contests, Miller scored a pair of touchdowns and ran for 288 yards. Miami’s backfield averages 102.9 running yards per game this year and will need to get back to that pace against the Bills. The Dolphins will be without Cameron Wake as he was injured against New England and has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign due to a torn Achilles tendon. Wake had seven sacks on the season to lead the team and the Dolphins will be hoping that Ndamukong Suh can pick up the slack as he has just two sacks this year. The Dolphins are 2-1 both against the spread and straight up in their past three road trips,
The Bills took week eight off with a bye and have dropped their past two games. They’re hoping that quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be able to return from a sprained medial collateral ligament injury as he’s been out since the fifth week of the season. If he’s not ready to go, then EJ Manuel should get another start. Manuel’s inconsistent play could be a concern though. He had two touchdown passes to go along with his 298 yards in the air against the Jaguars, but was charged with a pair of fumbles and interceptions.
Sammy Watkins missed the game at Wembley too with an ankle problem and he’s expected to play against Miami. If he’s not ready then Robert Woods and Charles Clay will need continue their fine receiving play. Clay is leading the club with 350 yards in the air and Woods has 295. Another player who is a question mark is Karlos Williams who is suffering from a concussion. With Williams out it would mean LeSean McCoy will need a big game. McCoy carried the ball a8 times for 68 yards against the Jaguars and he’ll be facing a Dolphins’ side which concedes 124.4 yards against on the ground each game. The Bills have been tough at home lately and are 3-0 both against the spread and straight up in their past three contests at Ralph Wilson Stadium.