PRIME-TIME SHOWDOWN

The Dolphins face one of the hottest teams in the NFL Sunday night when they take on the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East showdown.

Although it is very early in the season, this game is critical because a loss would put the Dolphins two games behind the Bills in the AFC East standings.

The Dolphins will be looking to avenge last year's sweep against the Bills, which included the ugly 23-10 loss at Pro Player Stadium.

This game offers a great matchup between the high-powered Bills offense and a Dolphins secondary that has given up a lot of yardage so far this season and will be looking for a measure of redemption.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Bills matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (1-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (2-0)

WHEN: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: ESPN (Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire, analysis; Suzy Kolber, sidelines)

LINE: Dolphins by 3

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 10th in the NFL in total offense, 11th in rushing offense, tied for 16th in passing offense, 30th in total defense, tied for 6th in rushing defense, 32nd in passing defense

Bills — 9th in the NFL in total offense, tied for 25th in rushing offense, 3rd in passing offense, 8th in total defense, 18th in rushing defense, 8th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Bills, Gregg Williams (4th year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The Dolphins lead 47-30-1

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2002 at Buffalo, Bills 38, Dolphins 21; 2002 at Miami, Bills 23, Dolphins 10; 2001 at Miami, Dolphins 34, Bills 7; 2001 at Buffalo, Dolphins 34, Bills 27; 2000 at Buffalo, Dolphins 33, Bills 6

INJURIES: Dolphins — QB Brian Griese (toe) is out; T Mark Dixon (ankle) is doubtful; S Brock Marion (quad) and S Shawn Wooden (hamstring) are questionable; C Tim Ruddy (knee), DE Jason Taylor (ankle) and LB Zach Thomas (ribs) are probable.

Bills — RB Sammy Morris (leg) is questionable; WR Sam Aiken (hamstring) is probable.


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