When the 2002 schedule came out, it didn't figure that Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills would be that difficult. But the Bills have rebounded nicely from their 3-13 nightmare of 2001 and have made themselves a factor in the AFC East race.

At 3-3, Buffalo is tied with New England for second in the AFC East, two games behind the Dolphins. A victory would give the Dolphins a nice cushion heading into their bye week.

"It's a big game," said defensive end Jason Taylor. "It's a home game. It's an AFC East game. It's the Bills, and there's been history with the Dolphins and the Bills. It may be a little diminished now, but it's still there. There are plenty of reasons to win the game. We want to be 6-1. We want to go into the bye with a win. There are plenty of reasons to win and it can set the stage for us later on the year."

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

WHO: Miami Dolphins (5-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (3-3)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

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

LINE: Dolphins by 4

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 9th in NFL in total offense, 5th in rushing offense, 19th in passing offense, 13th in total defense, 7th in rushing defense, 25th in passing defense

Bills — 2nd in NFL in total offense, 24th in rushing offense, 2nd in passing offense, 25th in total defense, 24th in rushing defense, 19th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Bills, Gregg Williams (2nd year)

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 47-28-1 (Buffalo is 3-1 in playoffs)

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2002 at Miami, Dolphins 34, Bills 7

2001 at Buffalo, Dolphins 34, Bills 27

2002 at Buffalo, Dolphins 33, Bills 6

2000 at Miami, Dolphins 22, Bills 13

1999 at Buffalo, Bills 23, Dolphins 3

INJURIES: Dolphins — QB Jay Fiedler (thumb) is out; S Trent Gamble (groin) and LB Twan Russell (knee) are doubtful; WR Chris Chambers (concussion), T Mark Dixon (ankle) and WR Oronde Gadsden (wrist) are questionable; DE David Bowens (knee), LB Morlon Greenwood (quad), WR James McKnight (back), DE Jason Taylor (elbow) and S Shawn Wooden (neck) are probable.

Bills — RB Shawn Bryson (knee) is out; T Mike Williams (hamstring) is doubtful; S Tony Driver (hip) and TE Dave Moore (hand) are questionable; C Trey Teague (ankle) is probable.

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