Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills is the Thursday Night Football game this week with both teams desperate to claim a vital win following three straight defeats. The game is scheduled to start at 8.20 p.m. ET, with fans being able to watch online through free live stream on the NFL Network (details below).
This all-AFC East division match up sees these two teams come together in a vitally important clash, which will play a huge part in deciding how the standings may unravel as the season runs towards the play offs.
The Miami Dolphins come into this tie with a record of 4-5, but still manage to hold the number two spot in the AFC East division. However, the two teams below them are right on their heels, with the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills on 3-6. A win today for the Bills will see them level with the Dolphins on a win to loss ration of .444. However, a win today for Miami would see them move to within touching distance of first placed New England Patriots who are 6-3.
Despite the Dolphins losing three straight games they should be confident coming into this game. Miami managed to win both games against the Bills last season, easily outscoring them 65-31 over the double header. The fact that they are on the road should not bother the Dolphins too much as they have won three of their last four games at Buffalo. However, they will have to clear their minds of a horrendous performance last week when they were routed by the Tennessee Titans 37-3.
Meanwhile the Bills also need to shake off their recent form, as they have also lost three games straight coming into this match up, as well as losing five of their last six games.
The Bills will be without running back Fred Jackson and that could hit their rushing hard. Jackson recorded 80 yards for two touchdowns, as well as taking four passes for 35 yards against the New England Patriots last Sunday. However, he suffered an injury late in the fourth quarter and will be out, making way for C.J. Spiller to take a more central role in tonight's game.
So far this season Spiller has carried 87 for 632 yards, an impressive average of 7.3 yards per carry, which is the highest in the NFL currently. That has allowed him to score four touchdowns so far this season.
Meanwhile the Dolphins players will have one simple task to try and complete as a first mark in this game - scoring a touchdown. Miami have not scored a touchdown in six quarters now and the longer that goes on for the longer their losing streak is likely to continue.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will also be looking for improvements in his performance having thrown three picks on Sunday. He ranks 29th in the league in passer rating with a 73.2.
Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills is scheduled to start at 8.20 p.m., with fans able to watch online for free through live stream by clicking here.