Desperate dolphins need win in regular season finale
The Dolphins are headed back to the playoffs, but its path to a Super Bowl looks a bit tougher heading into the biggest game of the season.
Driving the news: Miami must beat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night to win the AFC East and earn home-field advantage for up to two playoff games.
- If Miami loses to Buffalo — as it has in its last four matchups — it will have to play the reigning Super Bowl champion, the Kansas City Chiefs, on the road to open the playoffs, per the Miami Herald.
- The Dolphins have struggled in away games against playoff teams under head coach Mike McDaniel, including a blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens last weekend.
The intrigue: After months of media hype, expectations are high for the team with the NFL's highest-scoring offense and an HBO camera crew following them for the in-season docuseries "Hard Knocks."
- Miami has made the playoffs two straight seasons under McDaniel, but the franchise carries the weight of mediocrity spanning two decades.
- Cornerback Xavien Howard and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle are also unlikely to play Sunday with injuries.
- Wide receiver Tyreek Hill is a long shot to break the NFL's single-season receiving record of 2,000 yards. He would need a herculean 238-yard outing to do so.
Game time: 8:20pm at Hard Rock Stadium. Broadcast on NBC and Peacock.
- Tickets start at $250.
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