"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.