The Miami Dolphins are in Buffalo to take on Josh Allen and the Bills this afternoon. Miami will be without Tua Tagovailoa and without much hope of upending the Bills in this one.
Miami Dolphins (9-8, 2nd AFC East) at Buffalo Bills (13-3 1st AFC East)
Kickoff Time: 12:00 p.m. CT – TV: CBS, Paramount+ (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)
Site: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park
Referee: Brad Allen
Odds: Bills -14, O/U 44 (via DraftKings Sports Book)
Dolphins Projected Starters
• QB Skylar Thompson
• RB Jeff Wilson Jr.
• WRs Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Trent Sherfield
• TE Durham Smythe
• LT Terron Armstead, LG Robert Jones, C Connor Williams, RG Robert Hunt, RT Brandon Shell
• LDE Christian Wilkins, NT Raekwon Davis, RDE Zach Sieler
• WLB Jalean Phillips, LILB Elandon Roberts, RILB Jerome Baker, SLB Bradley Chubb
• LCB Xavien Howard, RCB Keion Crossen
• FS Jevon Holland, SS Eric Rowe
• Jason Sanders (kicker), Thomas Morstead (punter, holder), Blake Ferguson (long snapper), Tyreek Hill (kick and punt returns)
Bills Projected Starters
• QB Josh Allen
• RB Devin Singletary
• WRs Stephon Diggs, Gabe Davis, John Brown
• TE Dawson Knox
• LT Dion Dawkins, LG Rodger Saffold, C Mitch Morse, RG Ryan Bates, RT Spencer Brown
• LDE Greg Rousseau, LDT Ed Oliver, RDT DaQuan Jones, RDE Shaq Lawson
• SAM Terrel Bernard, MIKE Tremaine Edmunds, WILL Matt Milano
• LCB Tre’Davious White, RCB Dane Jackson
• FS Jordan Poyer, SS Dean Marlowe
• Tyler Bass (kicker), Sam Martin (punter, holder), Reid Ferguson (long snapper), Isaiah McKenzie, Nyheim Hines (kick and punt returns)
Players to Watch
With Tua and Raheem Mostert out with injuries, the Dolphins will lean on rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson. Good thing for Thompson; he has Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to throw to. Hill’s 119 catches were second in the NFL, and the Cheetah racked up 1,710 yards and seven touchdowns.
Jaylen Waddle posted a career-high 1,356 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Hill and Waddle’s combined 3,066 receiving yards were the third-most by teammates in a single season.
Josh Allen‘s 35 passing touchdowns were second in the league this season, and I’d imagine we’ll see a few more today. I said it on Friday; there’s not much the Bills have to do other than play a clean game today. The talent gap is too significant without Tua under center for Miami.