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November 29, 2009 12:47 AM

Dolphins take on new-look Bills

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The Dolphins look to build on the momentum of a two-game winning streak at Buffalo Sunday.

But these are not the same old Bills Miami routed 38-10 almost two months ago.

For one thing, Coach Dick Jauron was recently fired, and replaced by interim coach Perry Fewell.

Last week, without Jauron, the Bills played one of their better games of the season, ultimately falling 18-15 to Jacksonville.

Apparently, Fewell's mandate was to get the ball to Terrell Owens, and he delivered his best performance as a Bill: Nine catched for 197 yards, including a career-high 98-yard TD catch.


Fewell made another change, benching the ineffective Trent Edwards in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the former Harvard star threw for 297 yards against the Jaguars.

In the first meeting with Miami back on Oct. 4, Edwards started and completed just 14-of-26 passes for 192 yards and a TD, and he was intercepted three times and sacked six more. Rookie cornerback Sean Smith largely shut down T.O., who caught just three passes for 60 yards and was a nonfactor. The Dolphins also held Buffalo to 46 yards rushing in their most domiant performance of the season.

It was Miami's first win after an 0-3 start, and now, at 5-5, the Dolphins need another win to stay in the Wild Card hunt, where they are currently a game back of Jacksonville for the last spot in the playoffs.

With Ronnie Brown out for the season, last week's game against Carolina turned into the Ricky Williams Show, as the veteran back scored three TDs and ran for 119 yards in Miami's 24-17 win.

The Dolphins' defense held Jake Delhomme to 19 completions in 43 attempts, intercepted him once, and sacked him four times.

Buffalo couldn't run the ball against Miami the first time the teams met, and the Bills will be without starting offensive guard Eric Wood, who broke his leg in last week's loss.

Buffalo could also be missing safety Jairus Byrd and corner Terrence McGee, who are questionalbe with groin and knee injuries, respectively.

Buffalo 's defense has been a sieve against the run this season, ranking 31st in the NFL, and in the first game against Miami, Brown and Williams combined for 200 of the Dolphins' 250 yards rushing. Expect more of the same Sunday from Williams and new backup Lex Hilliard.

The Dolphins defense should also be able to pressure Fitzpatrick into mistakes, as he enters Sunday's game with 23 interceptions thrown in 24 career games played.

It won't be as easy as before, but Miami is still the better team, and should prevail 24-10.

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