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Greetings from sunny South Florida for Bills at Dolphins

By Tim Graham

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills have nothing left to play for except proving they made progress this year with a better and more expensive roster.

The Bills will finish their road schedule this afternoon against the Miami Dolphins and then host the New York Jets next Sunday in the season finale.

A couple of victories could save jobs because the Bills would finish with a 3-3 divisional record and an overall mark of 7-9, one more win than last year.

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

Point spread: Bills +4.5. The over/under total is 41.5 points. For Las Vegas oddsmaker and St. Joe's grad Joel Staniszewski's thoughts from a betting perspective, check out this week's "On the line from Vegas" blog.

Weather report: The Weather Channel forecast for kickoff is 76 degrees, with 55 percent humidity, a 10 percent chance of rain and 9 mph winds.

Matchups to watch: Edge rushers against rookie offensive tackles. Two of the NFL's most talented pass-rushers will face inexperienced left tackles today. Bills defensive end Mario Williams on occasion will line up against Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin, the replacement for injured Pro Bowler Jake Long. Listed as the Dolphins' top right tackle is Nate Garner, a fifth-year pro with two starts this year.

Dolphins pressure monger Cameron Wake, who lines up on the right side, will square off against Bills second-round draft choice Cordy Glenn. Wake ranks fourth in the NFL with 14 sacks. He recorded one against the Bills in Week 11.

Milestone watch: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson needs 109 yards to record 1,000 yards for a third straight season. ... Johnson's next catch will give him 70 for a third straight season, joining Andre Reed as the only Bills to do so. ... Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler is one touchdown reception away from breaking Buffalo's record for TD catches by a tight end.

Correction: An announcement made in the Rogers Centre press box last week and repeated several times by The Buffalo News and every other news outlet was wrong. C.J. Spiller did not reach 1,000 yards in the second-fewest carries behind Beattie Feathers in 1934. Michael Vick in 2006 and Chris Johnson in 2009 reached 1,000 on fewer carries, making Spiller fourth all-time in this stat.

The Buffalo News has you covered throughout the day. Buffalo News columnists Jerry Sullivan and reporters Mark Gaughan and I will be in the Sun Life Stadium press box. Photographer James P. McCoy will be shooting from the sidelines throughout the game.

News reporter Jay Skurski will moderate our live chat from noon until 5 p.m. "[BN] the Huddle," our postgame webcast, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Lauren Mariacher, our game recap will include reports from South Florida and analysis from One News Plaza staffers.

Today's game is being televised by CBS and broadcast locally on WIVB Channel 4. St. Joe's grad Don Criqui will call the play-by-play with Randy Cross adding analysis.

Did you know? Spiller today can become the first Bills player since Thurman Thomas in 1992 to notch 10 games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in a season.

Bills all-time games versus the Dolphins: The Dolphins lead the all-time series, 56-34-1. O.J. Simpson rushed for 203 yards in 1976. Joe Ferguson passed for 419 yards in 1983. Eric Moulds had 196 receiving yards in 2001.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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