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The Miami Dolphins shuffle up north to play for-pride in their regular-season
finale against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. This is the second consecutive season that the Dolphins will play the Bills in the last game of the regular season when they have already been eliminated from the playoffs. While the Bills needed a win and some help to make the playoffs a year ago White Zay Jones Jerseys , Buffalo only has draft position and pride to consider this season.With one more week of the regular season to go, it’s possible that your fantasy football league enters its championship finale, as well. If your league is one where Week 17 still counts, this preview is for you.Here are some Dolphins who may drive you crazy as a fan on Sunday, but who also may help you to win your fantasy football league championship.RB Kenyan DrakeAfter watching Buffalo allow 273 rushing yards to the New England Patriots last week, Miami’s running backs must be salivating at this week’s match-up. Drake has elite speed and is a good receiver out of the backfield, and while his overall statistics don’t show it, he’s a top-notch option in the running game. Drake has 917 yards from scrimmage this season (492 rushing, 425 receiving) and nine total touchdowns. If the Bills forget their gap integrity and tackling for a second straight week, he could have a huge game. The Patriots torched Buffalo on runs off the edge, and a player with Drake’s speed could do even more damage than New England’s rushers did last week.RB Kalen BallageThe bruising rookie finally had an opportunity to shine two weeks ago, and he did not disappoint. Ballage has been stuck behind Drake and the ageless Frank Gore all year, but with Gore sidelined for the remainder of the season, Ballage set career highs in attempts (12), rushing yards (123), and touchdowns (one) in Miami’s 41-17 blowout loss at the Minnesota Vikings. His disappointing follow-up performance (four carries, ten yards) the following week against the Detroit Lions should be cause for some concern Zay Jones Jerseys 2019 , but if the 6’2” 237-pound back has a chance to run against a battered Bills defense, he could allow the Dolphins to control the tempo of the game on Sunday.WR Kenny StillsThe veteran can operate both inside and outside, but it’s his prowess from the slot that should worry Bills coaches. With Taron Johnson on injured reserve, the Bills have relied on safety Rafael Bush to play the slot corner position. They also have used veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander more in coverage, a decision that the Patriots exploited often last week by isolating Julian Edelman on the venerable linebacker. While Alexander is a great football player, there’s no offensive coordinator in the league who would be opposed to him guarding a slot receiver, as it’s a definite mismatch no matter the wideout. If Alexander finds himself in man coverage on receivers again this week, expect that veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be ready to exploit the match-up. Stills is the most likely beneficiary of the match-up among Miami wideouts. Are you ready for some prime time Buffalo Bills football? The Bills (2-5) make their triumphant return to Monday Night Football as the home team for the first time in nearly a decade, when the Bills welcome AFC East foe the New England Patriots (5-2) to New Era Field. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. Eastern, and the eyes of the football world will be on Orchard Park, with ESPN televising the game.This is Buffalo’s first home appearance on Monday Night Football since the 2008 season, when Buffalo fell to the Cleveland Browns 29-27 on Nov. 17.This is Buffalo’s first Monday Night Football game since a 31-25 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 7, 2016. The Bills last faced the Patriots on a Monday night during the 2015 season, suffering a 20-13 loss on Nov. 23, 2015. These two teams are heading in opposite directions, with the Bills struggling to score points (ranked last in the league in scoring offense, 11.6 points per game) White Dion Dawkins Jerseys , while the Patriots are averaging 39.3 points per game during a four-game winning streak and find themselves in a familiar place: alone in first place in the AFC East.During his NFL career, QB Tom Brady has terrorized the Bills, and brings a 28-3 record against Buffalo into the MNF game. Brady is once again playing at an MVP level for the Patriots. The key to a Bills upset is to get pressure on Brady, and for Bills fans, hopefully the defense will return to its Week 6 form (sacking Deshaun Watson seven times) compared to Week 7, when it recorded zero sacks and allowed Andrew Luck to toss four touchdown passes.This will be the 117th meeting all-time between former American Football League rivals. New England owns a 72-43-1 record all-time, including a 26-8 win as the Boston Patriots during the 1963 AFL playoffs, the only postseason meeting between these two teams.Last year, the Bills fell to the Patriots 23-3 at New Era Field, and lost a 37-16 decision to the Patriots in Foxboro. The game has been sold out for months. As if Bills fans needed any additional incentive to get pumped up for the Monday night appearance, Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will have his No. 34 retired at halftime. Here’s how to watch the Bills return to Monday Night Football from home: TV ScheduleDate: Monday, October 29, 2018Time: 8:15 p.m. EasternChannel: The game will be carried nationally on ESPN. In Buffalo, WKBW (Ch. 7) is also carrying the game. Announcers: Joe Tessitore (play by play), Jason Witten and Booger McFarland (analysts), and Lisa Salters (sideline reporter).Location: New Era Field | Orchard Park, New YorkRadio: WGR 550AM (Buffalo) Dion Dawkins Jerseys 2019 , WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Mark Kelso in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game CenterSaturday Injury Report: Buffalo Bills: Full participant: QB Derek Anderson (back/calf), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), T Jordan Mills (knee). Limited participant: WR Kelvin Benjamin (rest day), RB LeSean McCoy (concussion). Did not practice: QB Josh Allen (right elbow), RB Taiwan Jones (neck), DE Trent Murphy (knee). Game day status: Allen, Jones, and Murphy are out. McCoy is questionable, although ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that McCoy is expected to play. New England Patriots: Limited participant: OL Trent Brown (ankle), OL Marcus Cannon (concussion), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), DL Geneo Grissom (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back) White Shaq Lawson Jerseys , LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), RB Sony Michel (knee), DE John Simon (shoulder), DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (ankle/knee). Did not practice: DB Eric Rowe (groin), OL Brian Schwenke (foot). Game day status: Brown, Cannon, Gordon, Grissom, Gronkowski, Hightower, Hollister, Simon, and Wise Jr. are questionable. Michel is doubtful, while Rowe and Schwenke are out.
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