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Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Dolphins, plus five things to watch

A five-game winning streak is on the table for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Miami.

If the Bills beat the Dolphins, they'll have won five straight for the first time since 2004. They'll also officially erase the damage done from their 0-2 start, further establishing themselves as legitimate playoff contenders.

At 2-4, the Dolphins are off to a slow start under new coach Adam Gase, but a dominating win last week against Pittsburgh showed that they are not to be taken lightly.

Here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s game, plus five things to watch for:

• TV: CBS. Announcers: Tom McCarthy  (play by play), Adam Archuleta (color analyst).

• Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy (play by play), Mark Kelso (color analyst).

• Series history: Dolphins lead, 57-42-1. Last meeting: Nov. 8, 2015 – 33-17 Bills' win at Buffalo. The Bills are looking for their sixth win in the last seven meetings with Miami.

• Milestone watch: Running back LeSean McCoy needs 55 yards from scrimmage to reach 11,000 for his career, making him the 77th player in NFL history to record that amount.

• Uni watch: The Bills are going with blue jerseys and white pants against the teal-clad Dolphins.

• Did you know? With 82 rushing yards, Tyrod Taylor will pass Doug Flutie for third-most rushing yards by a Bills quarterback.

• Next up: A showdown looms  – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit New Era Field in Week Eight.

Here are five things to watch for against the Dolphins:

1. Is Marquise Goodwin ready to be a No. 1? The Bills are likely to be without Robert Woods because of a foot injury, which will elevate Goodwin into the No. 1 job. Given Goodwin's injury history and prior performance, that never could have been imagined before the season.

2. Will Mario Williams show up? The former Bills' defensive end got benched by Miami, playing just 14 snaps in the win over Pittsburgh. When motivated, Williams is one of the most talented players in the league. Given his tumultuous breakup with the Bills, he figures to be hungry to prove a point Sunday.

3. Will Shady really play? Running back LeSean McCoy is expected to be a game-time decision after suffering a hamstring injury during practice. If McCoy – who is second in the NFL with 587 rushing yards – can't play, Gillislee and Bush would see increased roles. The Bills face a tough decision on McCoy: Clearly, he's their best playmaker on offense, so having him in the lineup against a divisional opponent would be ideal. But they run the risk of making his injury worse if he's not 100 percent.

4. How much will Shaq Lawson do? The Bills' first-round draft pick is scheduled to make his NFL debut after missing the first six weeks following offseason shoulder surgery. Lawson won't be a starter right away, but Lorenzo Alexander's emergence in his absences lessens the need for that. Count on Lawson to be a designated pass rusher on obvious passing downs to start his career.

5. Is Jay Ajayi for real? The Dolphins' running back busted out last week against Pittsburgh fo.r more than 200 yards in a performance nobody saw coming. Ajayi's previous career high for a single game was 48 yards. The Bills' run defense will certainly be aware of what Ajayi did last week

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