National Football League
Preview
Miami at Buffalo
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 14, 2014
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

The Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills are in the unfamiliar position of being tied for first place in the AFC East after a pair of impressive opening victories. Both teams will look to improve to 2-0 when the Dolphins visit the Bills on Sunday. Buffalo fans should be in high spirits after hearing the news this week that the team found new owners in Terry and Kim Pegula, Buffalo natives who intend to keep the team in the area.

Miami’s 33-20 triumph over the New England Patriots was one of the most surprising wins of Week 1 because of the dominance the team showed on defense in the second half, when it held the Patriots scoreless and surrendered only 67 yards. That defense faces a different kind of test from the Bills, who dominated on the ground while marching to a 23-20 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears. The Dolphins will have to take on that running game without starting linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hip), who was placed on injured reserve after leaving in the first quarter of Week 1.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Even. O/U: 42.5

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (1-0):
Ellerbe is not the only linebacker ailing for Miami, which also ruled out Jordan Tripp (chest) for Sunday and has Koa Misi (ankle) and Chris McCain (illness, hip) questionable. Those losses were less of a problem against New England thanks to strong work from the defensive line, which chased Tom Brady around all afternoon while recording four sacks and forcing a pair of fumbles. The Dolphins did strong work on both lines in the opener, as the offensive front opened big holes for new running back Knowshon Moreno to rush for 134 yards while letting quarterback Ryan Tannehill get sacked only once.

ABOUT THE BILLS (1-0): Buffalo spread out the carries in Week 1 and had three different running backs rush for at least 50 yards while totaling 193 on the ground. Quarterback EJ Manuel ran for a TD and passed for another against the Bears but is getting his first up-close look at the Dolphins after missing both 2013 meetings as a rookie due to injury. The Bills swept the series last season, including a 19-0 home victory on Dec. 22 in which the Buffalo defense sacked Tannehill seven times and held him to 10-of-27 for 82 yards while surrendering only 14 yards total on the ground.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The last time the Dolphins and Bills met while each held a winning record was Dec. 3, 2000.

2. Buffalo S Aaron Williams (head) has been limited in practice and is questionable.

3. Miami DE Cameron Wake was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a pair of sacks and forcing two fumbles.

PREDICTION:
Bills 24, Dolphins 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Miami 1-0 W1 33.0 20.0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0
Buffalo 1-0 W1 23.0 20.0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Miami Buffalo
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/22/13 MIA 0 BUF 19 103 14 89 390 203 187
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Miami R. Tannehill 37.0 82 0 0
Buffalo T. Lewis 60.0 193 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Miami L. Miller 3 8 2.7 0
Buffalo F. Jackson 18 105 5.8 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Miami B. Hartline 2 53 26.5 0
Buffalo R. Woods 3 70 23.3 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Miami I. Aaitui 0
Buffalo F. Jackson 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Miami R. Tannehill 56.2 178 2 1
Buffalo E. Manuel 72.7 173 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Miami K. Moreno 24 134 5.6 1
Buffalo F. Jackson 7 61 8.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Miami M. Wallace 7 81 11.6 1
Buffalo R. Woods 4 78 19.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Miami L. Miller 1
Buffalo E. Manuel 1