MUST-WIN SITUATION

The Dolphins maintain a mathematical chance of making the playoffs, but that will require winning their last two games. And the first test comes Sunday at Buffalo.

It appears the Dolphins might catch a break when it comes to the weather because it's not expected to be nearly as bad as it was in New England.

In fact, early forecasts called for clear skies and temperatures in the 30s.

But what matters most is how the Dolphins play, and they'll need to snap a two-game losing streak to keep their hopes alive going against a Buffalo team that was mathematically eliminated from the playoffs last weekend.

What follows is a preview of the Dolphins-Bills matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (8-6) vs. Buffalo Bills (6-8)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.

TV: CBS (Dick Enberg, play-by-play; Dan Dierdorf, analysis; Bonnie Bernstein, sidelines)

LINE: Bills by 1 1/2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 25th in the NFL in total offense, 16th in rushing offense, 27th in passing offense, 12th in total defense, 4th in rushing defense, 22nd in passing defense

Bills — 27th in the NFL in total offense, 19th in rushing offense, 28th in passing offense, 2nd in total defense, 7th in rushing defense, 4th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Bills, Gregg Williams (3rd year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The Dolphins lead 48-30-1

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2003 at Miami, Dolphins 17, Bills 7; 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

INJURIES: Dolphins — FB Rob Konrad (concussion) is out; DT Tim Bowens (calf) and WR James McKnight (oblique/knee) are questionable; WR Chris Chambers (ribs), QB Jay Fiedler (knee), S Brock Marion (eye), Junior Seau (shoulder), DE Jason Taylor (ankle) and RB Ricky Williams (shoulder) are probable.

Bills — S Izell Reese (leg) is out/IR; TE Dave Moore (leg) and T Mike Williams (knee) are questionable.


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