This Sunday November 11th, the CFL playoffs kickoff. The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders have earned 1st round byes while this weekend the BC Lions will face the Hamilton Ticats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to see who advances to the conference finals.
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Buffalo vs Miami: Bills Invade South Beach to Battle the Dolphins
Buffalo looks to continue their mastery over Miami
Aiming for a fourth straight win over Miami, Buffalo's sack happy defense invades South Beach looking for a repeat of their 23-21 win in Miami during Week 7 last season. The Bills followed that up with a 19-0 home drubbing that knocked the Dolphins out of the playoffs in Week 16 and then posted a 29-10 win in Orchard Park in Week 2 action this year. Buffalo (5-4) leads the league in sacks as their defense has buried opposing quarterbacks 34 times through nine games. That number includes six last week on Chiefs QB Alex Smith who had been sacked just eight times in his previous five games. Buffalo got to QB Ryan Tannehill four times in Week 2 and the Dolphins pivot is nursing slight shoulder and ankle injuries after a rough outing (3 sacks 9 hits) in Detroit last week. Still fairly anemic on offense, Buffalo has posted 17 points or less in five of nine games, QB Kyle Orton & Crew face a Dolphins defense that's a near mirror image to their own tonight.
Dolphins limp back to South Beach following Motor City meltdown
Although losing a road game 20-16 doesn't sound like a major meltdown, Miami struggled in Detroit last week as their lone touchdown came after they recovered a blocked field goal at the Lions 3-yard line. That is not a one-off either as the Dolphins also scored just one TD on offense against Buffalo, Kansas City and the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this season. Complicating matters, Miami lost Pro Bowl caliber LT Brenden Albert for the season last week and RB Lamar Miller is less than 100% with a shoulder injury. Led by the amamzing play of DE Cameron Wake and CB Brent Grimes Miami also brings a formidable defense into this contest. At 19 points per game, Miami has allowed a tick fewer than the 20.2 PPG the Bills have given up. The Dolphins are a middling 2-2 at home this season while the Bills have posted an impressive 3-1 record on the road. Bills vs Dolphins Summary & Prediction: Thursday Night Football games have been decided by a combined 352-147 final score (35-14 PG average) through the first ten weeks. Home teams are 6-4 but the visitors have won the last two battles as the Saints pummeled the Panthers 28-10 in Week 9 and the Browns bashed the Bengals 24-3 last week. With both teams bringing a strong defense to the table tonight, we don't see either side having the offensive firepower needed to turn this contest into a blowout. bookmakers have cut the line on this game from 6 flat to 4.5 but we feel it's still too high as Buffalo has a shot at winning outright here. Take the points and back Buffalo with a 500 unit wager on the spread price.
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