The Dolphins are facing a familiar foe this week and a familiar quarterback when they face the Bills this afternoon.
And no, EJ Manuel is not the player the Dolphins' defense is licking its chops about facing.
The Bills have announced that Thad Lewis will start against Miami, a team he beat earlier in the season.
Manuel guided the team to a win last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but has been ruled out for the game this week because of injury.
If ever there was a time for revenge and wanting to continue the current momentum the Dolphins are experiencing - this would be that time. The Dolphins are tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the sixth and final playoff spot, but are on the outside looking in because the Ravens beat the Dolphins earlier this season.
Miami must win this week, then again against the Jets and hope Baltimore drops one or both of its remaining games this season. Playing against the two bottom feeders of the AFC East in the final two weeks of the season should help the Dolphins chances.
The Dolphins will not have to deal with the elements like it did a few weeks ago in New York against the Jets or the snow as it did against Pittsburgh.
According to Andy Kent of who writes for the Dolphins official website, “Snow apparently won’t be in issue this time like it was two weeks ago at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh against the Steelers in a game Miami won, 34-28. But forecasts calling for cold temperatures, a strong wind and rain could be a concern, just not as big a one as some make it out to be.
”The thing about the NFL is, I know we’re the Miami Dolphins but it’s not like everybody on the team is from Miami,” said cornerback Brent Grimes, who grew up in Philadelphia and played his college football at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. “People have seen cold weather conditions and having played a cold game in Pittsburgh with snow and 20-degree temperatures we kind of know what to expect. We knew when you Buffalo on your schedule in December it’s not going to be 65 degrees out there so it’s kind of expected. It’s football and you play it in the elements and we’ll be ready.”
The Dolphins are not as concerned about the weather as they are their playoff chances and getting to the postseason. The win of the Patriots last week was a huge boost for this team against a team they had beat earlier in the season and let a 17-3 lead evaporate.