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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram stiff-arms Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons in a game at Wembley Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
BUFFALO — The Dolphins need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. They’re also 3-point underdogs at Buffalo on Sunday, which means Vegas sees the talent level on these squads as fairly even.
But there are some obvious keys to beating the Bills. And for that to happen, these groups must flourish on Sunday:
LeSean McCoy is one of the most dangerous rushers in the NFL. And Tyrod Taylor can be a very dangerous rushing quarterback, so much so that Ndamukong Suh considers him a running back who can throw. Lawrence Timmons has bounced back from a slump, but this is a tremendous challenge. At least he’s used to playing in the cold. Kiko Alonso has begun to make more plays. And Chase Allen seems to be gaining some traction, too. The Bills have an average offensive line and former Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has not shined so far this season.
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake gives a stiff-arm to New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy during a game this season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
BUFFALO — You can say two wins isn’t a turnaround.
You can say the Miami Dolphins haven’t accomplished anything yet.
You can say Miami always provides a letdown in frozen western New York after any upset of the Patriots.
And — yeah, I mean, you’ve got valid points.
But Miami seems to have turned a corner against Denver and New England. And what seems like a lost season isn’t lost at all now.
Miami is an underdog again, this time at Buffalo and Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy and yes, it will be a bit chilly on Sunday. But let’s not forget all those yards Miami ran for against Buffalo last season (and yes, Jay Ajayi is gone, but Kenyan Drake is outperforming Ajayi this season). And let’s not forget all those Dolphins defenders who were injured when these teams met last season.
Adam Gase’s team did not quit. They were 4-7 and they had lost five straight and
The endless Cameron Wake. (Getty Images)
BUFFALO, N.Y.—There aren’t many places where 30 is considered old, but that’s absolutely the case in the NFL. Teams treat the number like an expiration date for running backs, and it’s a badge of honor for anyone else at the collision-heavy positions to keep going past that age.
Players can race around and take the hits when they’re young, but it takes meticulous work to make it in this arena once the hairline starts to retreat. The Dolphins have 10 active players who are 30 and up, and almost all of them will have a significant role as the team tries to keep its playoff hopes alive at Buffalo on Sunday.
“Chill out, bro,” Lawrence Timmons admonished. “I don’t think it’s that old. I try to do a lot of extra stuff to stay out there, but don’t say 30 like it’s like that.”
Timmons, 31, wouldn’t even be in the prime of his career yet in most professions, but he was getting hit with “How much do you have left?” questions when the Dolphins signed him. He’ll be asked some ver
The Dolphins actually won this game in 2013. (Getty Images)
BUFFALO, N.Y.—With the game-time temperature expected to be around 30 inches and there being a possibility of snow, the Dolphins could be in for one of their most eventful games of the year when they visit the Bills on Sunday.
The assumption is always that warm-weather or dome teams can’t win in the cold, but Miami actually hasn’t been too bad. According to Pro Football Reference, the team is 25-31-1 in games in which the temperature was 40 degrees or colder. (One of those 57 games was at home, surprisingly. The Dolphins lost to Kansas City on Christmas Eve in 1989 with a kickoff temperature of 38.)
Their most recent snow game was a 2013 appearance in Pittsburgh. It was 25 degrees, and they won 34-28.
“Traditionally, every game from October on that’s not in Miami, it’s going to be cold,” Cameron Wake said this week. “Buffalo’s cold. New York’s cold. New England’s cold. It’s not really a thing at this point. Every home game is going to be hot. Surpri
There are just three more games on the schedule for each team heading into NFL Week 15, and there is a heck of a lot yet to be decided. Six teams have playoff-clinching scenarios that could play out, but much of the rest of the league is still wide open.We’ve seen upsets every single week leading up to these pivotal late-season contests. That’s not about to change now that pressure is being ratcheted up even higher. So which teams are we putting on upset alert this week?Note: Odds courtesy of BovadaGreen Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers (-3)Aaron Rodgers is back, baby, and the Packers are still very much alive for a Wild Card spot in the NFC. If that’s not enough to get your juices flowing for some late-season football, then nothing will. The Carolina Panthers have been playing some outstanding defense of late, but they did just give up 24 points to Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings last weekend.We don’t expect the home team to run rampant like it did last weekend, either, as star offensive guard Trai Tu