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Greetings from under the lights at Ralph Wilson Stadium

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills' pride -- if not their season -- is on the line tonight against the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Bills entered 2012 with playoff hopes but have gone 0-3 so far against the AFC East. The Dolphins are the only division foe the Bills haven't faced yet, and getting beaten by each team would make the Bills' season even more demoralizing.

The Bills still think they have a shot at the postseason, and to attain that ambitious goal they'll need a victory tonight.

Here is a digest of items about today's game ...

Weather report: The Weather Channel's forecast for the 8:20 p.m. kickoff is about 36 degrees with 3 mph winds and only a 10 percent chance for precipitation.

Matchup to watch: Bills rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn will tangle with Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, one of the NFL's most dangerous pass-rushers. Wake leads the Dolphins with 8.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hits and seven tackles for losses.

Something to consider: The Bills haven't hosted a primetime game since 2008 and haven't won a night game since 2001 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fast fact: The Bills are averaging 31.7 points against per game, dead last in the league. If the Bills maintain that pace, they will allow 507 points, third-most in NFL history behind the 1981 Baltimore Colts (533 points) and 2008 Detroit Lions (517 points).

"[BN] the Huddle" will begin immediately after the game. BuffaloNews.com's postgame webcast, hosted by Keith McShea and Lauren Mariacher, will break down what happened, with Mike Harrington calling in with his thoughts from Ralph Wilson Stadium. Harrington also will moderate our live chat, starting at 7:15 p.m.

Check out Jay Skurski's scouting reports for tonight's matchup. His top keys to the game is cutting C.J. Spiller loose and forcing rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Reggie Bush to cough up the ball.

Tonight's game will be televised by the NFL Network and locally on WBBZ. Brad Nessler will handle play-by-play with Mike Mayock as the analyst.

Bills all-time games versus Dolphins: O.J. Simpson rushed for 203 yards in 1977 at the Orange Bowl. Eric Moulds had 196 receiving yards in 2001. Joe Ferguson threw for 419 yards in 1983.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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