Tonight's game

October 04, 1999

Tonight's game

Time: 9, chs. 2, 7.

Line: Dolphins by 6.

Vs. spread: Bills 2-1; Dolphins 1-1.

Last week: Bills beat Eagles, 26-0. Dolphins had a bye.

Series: Dolphins lead 42-23-1.

Last meeting: Dolphins won, 24-17, on Jan. 2, 1999, in Miami in AFC wild-card playoff game.

Outlook: When these two teams meet, the score is usually close and the home team usually wins. Four of the past five regular-season games have been decided by seven or fewer points, and the home team has won the past five games. The Dolphins, who are well-rested after a bye, have been tough to beat at home, where they've won nine of their past 10 games, allowing an average of 11.5 points. The Bills counter with QB Doug Flutie, who threw for a combined 566 yards and four TDs in the two regular-season meetings last season.

Notable: Bills are the only AFC East team with a winning record vs. Dolphins QB Dan Marino (16-13).


BILLS: Out: RB Thurman Thomas (liver contusion). Doubtful: QB Rob Johnson (head); G Joe Panos (neck). Questionable: G Ruben Brown (hamstring); DE Phil Hansen (chest). Probable: TE Jay Riemersma (groin).

DOLPHINS: Out: G Mark Dixon (groin); LB Anthony Harris (groin); DE Dimitrius Underwood (reserve-non football injury). Questionable: WR Yatil Green (ankle). Probable: RB Cecil Collins (ankle); DE Kenny Mixon (ankle); S Shawn Wooden (thumb).

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