Final

Bills 23

(4-8, 0-6 away)

Dolphins 24

(5-7, 3-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 21 0 2 023
MIA 0 3 0 2124

Top Performers

Passing: S. Rosenfels (MIA) - 272 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: W. McGahee (BUF) - 27 CAR, 81 YDS

Receiving: C. Chambers (MIA) - 15 REC, 238 YDS, 1 TD

Buffalo (4-7) at Miami (4-7)

Buffalo (4-7) at Miami (4-7) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Coach Nick Saban would rather forget his first meeting against the Buffalo Bills.

On Sunday, Saban and the Miami Dolphins host the Bills in a battle of teams tied for second place in the AFC East, two games behind first-place New England.

The Dolphins matched their win total from last season after posting a 33-21 victory at Oakland last week. But the Bills have been a major disappointment, matching their loss total from last season after falling to Carolina, 13-9 last week.

Second-year Bills coach Mike Mularkey is 3-0 against Miami, including a 20-14 victory on October 9 at Buffalo. That game made Saban nauseous. The Dolphins committed a franchise-record 18 penalties and five turnovers.

Yet the Dolphins were driving for the potential go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter before cornerback Nate Clements forced a fumble by rookie Ronnie Brown and safety Troy Vincent recovered it at the Buffalo 18 with 1:37 left.

Gus Frerotte was intercepted three times, but also threw a pair of touchdowns and directed the Dolphins to the Buffalo 25 with under two minutes remaining. But on the next play, Brown, who rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries, caught a short pass and fumbled after being hit by linebacker London Fletcher.

Kelly Holcomb started that game for Buffalo and completed 20-of-26 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, although he fumbled three times and lost one.

But J.P. Losman has regained the starting job from Holcomb. He failed to get the Bills into the end zone in last week's loss at Carolina, completing 16-of-29 passes for 197 yards with an interception.

Look for Mularkey to pound Willis McGahee, who starred for the Miami Hurricanes, at the Dolphins. He gained 86 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in the October 9 game and rushed for 202 yards in Buffalo's two wins over the Dolphins last season. McGahee has rushed for 948 yards this season.

Without injured five-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Zach Thomas last week, the Dolphins yielded 97 rushing yards to LaMont Jordan in the win at Oakland last week.

Frerotte threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and the tandem of Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

With the Hurricanes, McGahee rushed for 2,067 yards and 31 touchdowns in just 21 games. Despite tearing the ACL in his left knee in his final college game at the Fiesta Bowl, McGahee was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2003. He spent his rookie year rehabbing the injury and rushed for 1,128 yards last season.

Matchup to watch: Dolphins right end Jason Taylor,who had three sacks last week, lines up against left tackle Mike Gandy.

Series: The Dolphins lead, 49-33-1.

Next week: Buffalo hosts New England, December 11 Miami visits San Diego, December 11

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Passing Leaders

BuffaloCMP%YDSTDINT
E. Manuel58.81972119
T. Lewis59.2109243
MiamiCMP%YDSTDINT
R. Tannehill60.439132417
M. Moore33.35302

Rushing Leaders

BuffaloCARYDSAVGTD
C. Spiller2029334.62
F. Jackson2068904.39
MiamiCARYDSAVGTD
L. Miller1777094.02
D. Thomas1094063.74

Receiving Leaders

BuffaloRECYDSAVGTD
S. Chandler5365512.42
S. Johnson5259711.53
MiamiRECYDSAVGTD
B. Hartline76101613.44
M. Wallace7393012.75

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsBUF
 
 258
MIA
 
 325
Yards PassingBUF
 
 157
MIA
 
 206
Yards RushingBUF
 
 100
MIA
 
 119
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedBUF
 
 344
MIA
 
 317
Pass Yds AllowedBUF
 
 206
MIA
 
 207
Rush Yds AllowedBUF
 
 138
MIA
 
 111

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 5-5
Oct 9, 2005BUF 20, MIA 14
Dec 5, 2004BUF 42, @MIA 32
Oct 17, 2004BUF 20, MIA 13
Dec 21, 2003BUF 3, MIA 20
Sep 21, 2003BUF 7, @MIA 17
Dec 1, 2002BUF 38, MIA 21
Oct 20, 2002BUF 23, @MIA 10
Jan 6, 2002BUF 7, @MIA 34
Nov 25, 2001BUF 27, MIA 34