Growing up, this was THE rivalry of all Bills rivalries. Hating the Dolphins came naturally to me as a child. Both teams had tremendous coaches and quarterbacks. Oh, and there was Bryan Cox giving fans a one finger salute.
That said, during the early 1990’s, it didn’t feel like a rivalry. When it mattered, the Bills would win. Little did I know that it wasn’t always this way. Here’s a look at the history of the Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins.
Head-to-Head Regular Season Match-ups: 96
Bills Record: 39-56-1
Winning Percentage: .411
Points Scored: 1,785
Points Allowed: 2,064
The regular season history between the two AFC East rivals hasn’t been kind to the Bills. Buffalo won the first three meetings between the teams, but things quickly turned ugly in the rivalry. Starting on October 18, 1970, the Dolphins won twenty (not a typo) consecutive regular season games against the Bills. It wasn’t until September 7, 1980 that the Bills finally broke that streak with a 17-7 victory.
Buffalo’s longest streak of victories against Miami was six. This streak begin in 1987 with Jim Kelly at the helm. The streak ended on September 16, 1990, but the Bills went on to win their next four games.
Thanks to the currently unemployed Thad Lewis, the Bills are on a two game winning streak over the Dolphins.
Head-to-Head Playoff Match-ups: 4
Bills Record: 3-1
Winning Percentage: .750
Points Scored: 127
Points Allowed: 90
The sample size is small, but at least the Bills hold the advantage here. Buffalo won the first three playoff match-ups against the Dolphins. Buffalo’s first victory was a 44-34 shootout in the 1990 Divisional round. The teams met again in the postseason in 1992, this time in the AFC Championship Game. The Bills won, on the road, 29-10. Their third meeting was Wildcard Weekend in 1995. Buffalo won this match-up 37-22.
Buffalo’s only playoff loss to the Dolphins came in 1998. The teams squared off in a Wildcard game and Miami prevailed 24-17. The loss was tough to swallow considering WR Eric Moulds went off during the game. Buffalo’s most talented WR since Andre Reed finished the game with nine receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown.
Summary and Prediction
On Sunday, the Dolphins and Bills will square off for the 97th time in the regular season. The atmosphere at Ralph Wilson Stadium should be electric. Bills fans have plenty to be excited about between Jim Kelly being declared cancer free, Terry Pegula being chosen to be the second owner of the team and Buffalo’s opening weekend win over the Bears.
Both teams are coming off of impressive victories. In terms of overall roster talent, the two franchises are pretty close. That said, between injuries and suspensions, Buffalo’s roster is in better shape heading into Week 2.
If my prediction comes true, the Bills will have even more to be happy about following the game. Look for the Bills to extend their current winning streak over the Dolphins to three games as they win 24-13.