Bills Hoping To End 3-Game Slide Thursday Against Miami

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
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Date:
11/15/2012 at 8:20 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Bills -1, O/U 45
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Television: NFL Network

Miami Dolphins: A second consecutive loss, this time a 37-3 whipping at the hands of the Titans last Sunday, left the Fins (4-5 straight-up, 4-4-1 against the spread) on the outside looking in for the AFC playoffs. Four turnovers, three of them interceptions thrown by rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, did Miami in as Tennessee built a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. The Dolphins were 7-point favorites and surrendered a season-high 177 yards on the ground, 126 of those from Titans tailback Chris Johnson. Miami has now failed to cover the spread in three of its last four games, though "under" bettors have found some profit with winning tickets in four of the last five Dolphin tilts. The Dolphins swept last year's two meetings, and they have won and covered three of the last four matchups with the Bills.

Buffalo Bills: The Gillette Stadium jinx remains alive for the Bills (3-6 SU, 4-5 ATS), who moved to 0-11 at the field since it opened with a 37-31 setback to the New England Patriots last week. Buffalo set a team record with 35 first downs and outgained the Pats 481-347 in the game, but three turnovers proved costly, none more than a pick thrown by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the final half-minute when the Bills appeared to be driving for a potential game-winning score. The Bills rolled up 162 yards on the ground, 80 of those by Fred Jackson, who has already been out for Thursday's game due to a concussion (click to check updated NFL injury report). Buffalo ranks sixth in the NFL with 143.1 yards per game on the ground and will turn to C.J. Spiller (632 yards rushing, 14th in NFL). Eight of the last 12 clashes in this series have failed to reach the total, but all three of Buffalo's home games this season have jumped the scoreboard figure.

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