Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Payments Reside Rating and Stats – January 15, 2023 Gametracker | Technoscoob
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) With Damar Hamlin recovering at dwelling, Buffalo Payments coach Sean McDermott smiled when requested if he thought the tide of unhealthy information may lastly be turning for his crew.
And he jumped on a possibility to maneuver ahead to Sunday, when the AFC East champion Payments (13-3) host their division rival Miami Dolphins (9-8) in a wild-card playoff sport.
”I recognize the place you are going with that, however this isn’t a cleaning soap opera,” McDermott responded. ”We have one sport to prepare for, and that is actually what we’re centered on.”
Within the wake of an emotionally draining stretch throughout which the Payments have been impressed by the outpouring of help from across the NFL, and uplifted additional by Hamlin’s exceptional restoration since he needed to be resuscitated on the sphere in Cincinnati, McDermott’s message was clear.
Given the adversity the Payments have overcome – from two snowstorms, accidents and 4 four-quarter deficits – already this season, that is no time for a letdown or event to miss an opponent that could be right down to its third-string quarterback in rookie Skylar Thompson.
The Payments are closely favored – by 13 1/2 factors on FanDuel Sportsbook – with Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa already dominated out because of the aftereffects of a concussion sustained three weeks in the past, and backup Teddy Bridgewater nursing a damaged pinky finger.
The Payments even have momentum on their aspect in closing the season on a 7-0 run, which included a 32-29 win over Miami 4 weeks in the past. And Buffalo is a extra playoff-tested crew in making its fourth consecutive postseason look.
The Dolphins, by comparability, stumbled down the stretch in shedding 5 straight earlier than clinching their first playoff berth since 2016 with an 11-6 win over the New York Jets final weekend – and solely after New England was eradicated following a 35-23 loss at Buffalo.
First-year coach Mike McDaniel stays upbeat whereas understanding the problem forward.
”I do know we’ve got a devoted, hungry soccer crew that is excited to play a sport they earned to play in,” McDaniel stated.
Fairly than view the Dolphins’ late-season skid as a unfavorable, the coach tried to show it right into a optimistic by informing his gamers they’re certainly one of 5 NFL groups to lose 5 straight and nonetheless qualify for the playoffs.
”You like to not lose 5 in a row, however I believe it additionally extra exactly speaks to the extent of willpower, the shortage of splintering,” McDaniel stated.
The Payments know a lot about perseverance, whereas additionally appreciating what they’ve overcome would not present them a move into the following spherical.
”We perceive the mortality of this crew, and granted that is perhaps the unsuitable alternative of phrases on this given second,” middle Mitch Morse stated. ”However we perceive that anybody can beat anybody on any given day. We don’t really feel like we’re owed something.”
The groups cut up the season sequence. The Payments melted down within the South Florida warmth in blowing a fourth-quarter lead in a 21-19 loss in September. 4 weeks in the past, the Dolphins froze within the fourth quarter as snow started falling in blowing an eight-point lead in a 31-28 loss.
The forecast for Sunday requires solar and a excessive of 32.
McDaniel’s try at reverse psychology failed earlier than Miami’s most up-to-date journey to Buffalo. The coach turned up the air-conditioning within the Dolphins indoor facility and wore a shirt with the phrases, ”I want it have been colder” printed on it.
Payments quarterback Josh Allen obtained within the final snicker following the win by ending an interview repeating these phrases.
”We’ll see,” Allen stated this week, when requested about his comment.
The Payments are additionally 8-2 of their previous 10 dwelling video games in opposition to Miami performed in December or later, not together with a 16-3 loss in Buffalo’s ”dwelling” outing performed indoors in Toronto in 2008.
Dolphins veteran cornerback Xavien Howard remembers one factor about Miami’s final playoff sport within the 2016 season.
”We obtained whooped,” he stated, recalling Miami’s 30-12 loss at Pittsburgh within the wild-card spherical.
Howard is the lone Dolphin left who appeared in that sport, with greater than half (33) of the crew’s roster having no playoff expertise. Receiver Tyreek Hill leads Miami with 13 profession postseason video games – all with Kansas Metropolis, together with the Chiefs’ Tremendous Bowl win three years in the past.
Thompson is 1-1 in two begins this season. He was chosen within the seventh spherical out of Kansas State. He closed his profession by going 21 of 28 for 259 yards and three TDs within the Wildcats’ 42-20 win over LSU within the Texas Bowl a yr in the past.
”I really feel like I obtained a reasonably good really feel for what a playoff sport sort of would seem like simply final week,” Thompson stated of beating the Jets. ”It was a win or go dwelling sort of state of affairs for us, so attending to expertise sort of what that felt like final week I believe was useful.”
AP Sports activities Author Alanis Thames contributed.
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