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FutureStarrBuffalo Vs Miami
Diary of a Buffalo-to-Miami Mompreneur.
The rivalry was once lopsided as the Dolphins, one of the league's best teams after Don Shula took over as head coach in the 1970s, amassed 20 consecutive wins over the Bills in that decade. It later became more competitive in the 1980s as Buffalo emerged as a leading team in the AFC alongside Miami. During the 1990s, the teams faced off four different times in the AFC playoffs, and the period featured Hall of Fame quarterbacks Jim Kelly for Buffalo and Dan Marino for Miami. Though both teams fell short of the same level of success in the 2000s and 2010s after the retirements of Shula, Kelly, Marino, and Bills coach Marv Levy, the Bills and Dolphins remain rivals. The rivalry showed signs of becoming more intense again in 2020 when both clubs fought for playoff berths, with the Bills ultimately winning the division that year. In 1983, the Dolphins hosted the Bills in rookie Dan Marino's first NFL start. The Dolphins overcame a 14–0 gap to lead 35–28 in the final minute before Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson led a game-tying comeback. The game in the Miami Orange Bowl went to overtime, where Dolphins placekicker Uwe von Schamann was unsuccessful on two potential game-winning field goal attempts. The Bills won 38–35 when Joe Danelo made a 36-yard field goal attempt late in overtime;
Since then, the AFC East rivalry has been all one-sided, with Buffalo earning seven straight wins over Miami, including a 26-11 triumph Sunday in a Week 8 clash at Highmark Stadium. With the win, the Bills now have their longest winning streak ever against the Dolphins, surpassing a six-game winning streak during the 1987, 1988, and 1989 seasons. During the current winning streak, Buffalo has outscored Miami by 258-123, an average margin of victory of 19.3 points per game. The Bills are scoring nearly 37 points per game while giving up only 17.6 points per game over their last seven clashes with the Phins.I do not envy Tua Tagovailoa, who has handled a difficult situation off the field with far more grace than his employers have afforded him. He is making progress on the field despite a rough offensive line that makes everything look so hard for Tua, who is not blessed with a skill set that dominates with physical traits. He's shown he can move the ball against lackluster defenses, but the Bills are a rested, cohesive group ready to show that the end of the Titans game was an anomaly. I'll take the Dolphins to cover out of mercy because I don't want to imagine what happens in Miami if they get blown out by Buffalo again. (Source: www.palmbeachpost.com)