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Stats Wizard: All-time numbers in Bills-Dolphins series and more

Bills vs. Dolphins: 102 games all-time.

Bills record: 42-59-1 (.417).

Playoffs: Four games, the Buffalo Bills won three and lost one. Their three wins were a 44-34 victory in the divisional round on Jan. 12, 1991, a 29-10 win in the AFC Championship on Jan. 17, 1993, and a 37-22 victory in the wildcard game on Dec. 30, 1995. Their lone lost is their most recent playoff matchup against the Fins, losing the wildcard game 24-17 on Jan. 2, 1999.

First game: In their first ever head-to-head meeting on Sept. 18, 1966, the Bills toppled Miami 58-24. Of their 58 points, 48 came in the first half. Butch Byrd shined especially bright in this one, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, first on a 60-yard interception return and then on a 72-yard punt return. Jack Kemp and Daryle Lamonica each threw for touchdowns, to Bobby Crockett and Jack Spikes, respectively, Spikes and Kemp also added scores on the ground and Bobby Burnett had a pair of rushing touchdowns of his own.

Longest Bills winning streak: Six games, from Oct. 25, 1987, to Oct. 29, 1989.

Longest Bills losing streak: 20 — yes, 20 — games. The Bills lost to the Dolphins for an entire decade, from Oct. 18, 1970, to Oct. 14, 1979, losing all 20 of their match-ups in the 1970s.

Most points for: 58 points, in their first ever head-to-head game, the 58-24 win on Sept. 18, 1966. This stands as a Bills’ single-game franchise record for most points against any opponent.

Most points against: 45 points, twice, in a 45-7 loss on Dec. 20, 1970, and in a 45-27 loss on Dec. 5, 1976.

Biggest win: 34 points, in the same 58-24 win on Sept. 18, 1966.

Biggest loss: 38 points, in the 45-7 loss on Dec. 20, 1970.

All-time Bills leaders against the Dolphins

Passing leaders: Joe Ferguson leads with 390 pass completions, 4,590 passing yards, and tied for the lead with 24 passing touchdowns, but also had 30 interceptions and an atrocious 3-20 record against Miami. The man with whom he is tied for the passing touchdown lead, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, had more success against the Dolphins, going 12-8 with just two fewer completions and 30 fewer passing yards despite three fewer games played. Tyrod Taylor has a 121.2 passer rating and averaged 9.33 yards-per-attempt in four games against Miami.

Rushing leaders: Thurman Thomas amassed 1,620 yards on the ground against the Dolphins, adding eight rushing scores. O.J. Simpson, who saw his Buffalo teams play to just a 1-15 record against Miami during his career, picked up 1,177 yards on 240 attempts, an averaged of 4.90 yards-per-touch, most among any Buffalo back with at least 50 touches.

Stats Wizard: The Dolphins are one of four teams against which Thurman Thomas rushed for over 1,000 yards, the others are the Patriots (1,925), Jets (1,592) and the Colts (1,230).

Receiving leaders: Andre Reed leads with 122 catches and the Bills have two 1,000-yard receivers against Miami in Reed (1,731) and Eric Moulds (1,145), both also had double-digit touchdown catches, Reed with 10 and Moulds with 11. Lee Evans had 43 catches for 827 yards, 19.23 yards-per-catch, most among any Buffalo receiver with double-digit receptions.

Stats Wizard: Andre Reed's 122 catches and 1,731 yards are not just the most by a Bills’ receiver against Miami, but also the most by any player against the Dolphins. No one else is even close, as he is the lone receiver with at least 100 receptions against them and has 360 more yards than any other receiver.

Special teams leaders: Steve Christie was 30-for-37 on field goal attempts, most field goals made and also the best field goal make percentage, at 81.1 percent, among Bills kickers with more than two attempts. Terrance McGee and C.J. Spiller both returned kicks for touchdowns, while Butch Byrd and Leodis McKelvin returned punts for scores.

Defensive leaders: Naturally, Hall of Famer Bruce Smith leads the way with 14.5 sacks and Nate Clements had nine interceptions, returning a team-best two for pick-sixes.

Bills single-game records against the Dolphins

Passing leaders: Joe Ferguson threw for a team-best 38 completions, 419 yards, and five touchdowns in a 38-35 victory on Oct. 9, 1983. Though it is definitely not wrong to regard Ferguson’s performance as a better quarterbacked game, Tyrod Taylor was 11-for-12 (91.67 percent) with a 146.5 passer rating in the Bills’ 33-17 win on Nov. 8, 2015.

Rushing leaders: O.J. Simpson had 203 rushing yards on 24 attempts on Dec. 5, 1976, but the Bills squandered his performance with poor defense, losing 45-27. Kenneth Davis had three rushing scores in a Bills’ 47-34 win on Dec. 19, 1993. Karlos Williams had 110 yards on just nine attempts — 12.22 yards-per-carry — in a 33-17 win on Nov. 8, 2015.

Receiving leaders: Andre Reed is the receptions leader, with 11, in a 35-14 victory on Sept. 1, 1991, the single-game receiving yards lead belongs to Eric Moulds, who tallied 196 yards in a 34-27 loss on Nov. 25, 2001, doing so on just six catches, good for 32.67 yards-per-reception. Lee Evans accounted for all of the Bills’ three touchdowns in their 24-23 loss on Dec. 4, 2005.

Defense/special teams leaders: Mario Williams picked up 3.5 sacks on Nov. 13, 2014, but the Bills lost 22-9. Nate Clements and Jeff Nixon each had a game with three interceptions, in a 23-10 win on Oct. 20, 2002, and in a 17-7 win on Sept. 7, 1980, respectively. And former Dolphin Dan Carpenter helped the Bills to a 29-10 victory against his old team on Sept. 14, 2014, with five field goals.

Sunday’s game: The Bills are giving three, with their playoff hopes largely hanging in the balance I like them to rise to the occasion and both win and cover.

My record calling the Bills games this year: winning team (6-3), with the spread (4-4-1). Note: no plays in Weeks 9 and 14 due to late lines.

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