How will the Bills respond after their season-opening loss?
Coming off a disappointing 23-16 season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Buffalo Bills (0-1) will look to get back on track when they travel to South Beach for a Week 2 showdown with the Miami Dolphins (1-0) Sunday afternoon.
One week after playing before a national audience on CBS during the 1 p.m. EDT timeslot, the Bills/Dolphins clash shifts to FOX, and the game will not receive the same national fanfare as the opener.
This AFC East showdown will be the primary 1 p.m. EDT broadcast for fans in the Buffalo and Miami viewing markets, along with a pocket in Wyoming, where Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen played football during his collegiate days.
FOX’s broadcast team consists of Brandon Gaudin, otherwise known as the voice of the Madden NFL video games, handling the play-by-play duties. Former player and general manager Matt Millen will serve as the color analyst, while Sarah Kustok is the sideline reporter.
The areas that can see the game are highlighted in teal (map courtesy of 506sports):
Besides Buffalo playing Pittsburgh, the rest of FOX’s early slate of games includes the San Francisco 49ers traveling to play the Philadelphia Eagles (in dark purple), the Los Angeles Rams playing at the Indianapolis Colts (green), the Cincinnati Bengals heading to face the Chicago Bears (yellow), and the New Orleans Saints traveling to take on the Carolina Panthers (orange).
Sunday’s matchup will be the 115th meeting all-time between the Bills and Dolphins.
The Dolphins lead the series 61-52-1, with Buffalo sweeping the 2020 season series by scores of 31-28 on Sept. 20, and 56-26 on Jan. 3.
In the first matchup, Josh Allen completed 24 of 35 passes for 415 yards with four touchdowns. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs hauled in eight passes for 153 yards with a touchdown, John Brown caught four passes for 82 yards with a score, and Gabe Davis and Reggie Gilliam each added receiving touchdowns in the win.
Then, to close out the regular season, wide receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie hauled in two receiving touchdowns and added an 84-yard punt return, Allen was 18 of 25 for 224 passing yards with three TDs and one interception, Antonio Williams added two rushing touchdowns, and Dean Marlowe picked off two passes to power the Bills. Buffalo set a franchise record for points scored (501) while scoring their second-most points in a game.
The Bills have won seven of the last nine meetings with the Dolphins, and 12 of the last 16 dating back to the 2013 season.