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The Miami Dolphins squandered their best chance to win a game this season, and the Buffalo Bills certainly aren’t about to let them make up for the lost opportunity.
In a battle of NFL bottom feeders, the Miami Dolphins came up short against an equally woeful Washington Redskins team last week. The Fins finally yanked Josh Rosen after an awful start to the game and veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick almost staged a comeback. Almost.
Don’t look for any almosts this week, as the Dolphins head north to face a dominant Bills defense rested from their bye week. It’s hard to quantify how bad Miami has been, but here’s a start. Miami is averaging 8.4 points per game. Josh Rosen has thrown five picks and one touchdown so far this year. The team is averaging only one sack per game.
Meanwhile, the Bills’ Jordan Phillips had three sacks by himself in the first half of their game against the Titans.
The Bills defense went into its bye week ranked third in defensive DVOA. Buffalo’s secondary is one of the best units in the NFL. Going into the bye, it was fourth in the NFL in completion percentage allowed (57.4) and second in average yards per attempt (5.4). The Titans failed to convert their first seven third downs against Buffalo.
On offense, it’s a different story. Josh Allen has been serviceable at best, the kind of quarterback who plays to let his defense win games. While Frank Gore’s continued performance at running back is a great story, he is past his prime, and can’t carry an offense by himself.
Buffalo has only had to put up more than 21 points once, but it has worked so far.
It’s likely that this Bills team will come back to Earth some week soon. Decent quarterback play coupled with lights out defensive stands is a hard combination to pull off week in and week out in the modern, pass-happy NFL.
Of course, that likely won’t an issue this week, as Miami should help the Bills make it look easy.
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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
- When: Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1pm ET
- Where: New Era Field in Buffalo, New York
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Bills vs. Dolphins on streaming platforms that carry CBS. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Bills vs. Dolphins live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings with ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream the NFL, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love about NFL Sunday Ticket, but it’s online. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials to watch NFL action.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Frank Gore, Running Back: Against the Dolphins, you may be tempted to start some Bills receivers, but neither John Brown nor Cole Beasley is a sure thing. Gore, however, should continue to rumble despite being ancient for a starting back.
No One: If you are planning on starting any Dolphins this week, double check your waiver wire unless you’re tanking as hard as they are. A talentless offense against a top defense is not a good fantasy combination.
Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Why it matters
While Buffalo has only one loss so far, the team is built to pick up a few Ls as the season goes on. In the modern NFL, it is really difficult to play shutdown defense every week. Not only are quarterbacks throwing for more yards, but the rules are tilted in their favor.
If this Bills team wants a wildcard, they need to bank wins against bad teams. Games against the Eagles, Cowboys, Ravens, and Patriots loom later in the season, so Buffalo needs to take care of business in lower-scoring affairs.
For the Dolphins, this is another lost season, and it’s all about if they will get the number one pick and what coaching staff will be there to enjoy it.
Buffalo should cruise here as they prepare for greater challenges ahead.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.