The Buffalo Bills, the next opponent for the Dolphins, have hit an interesting point in their season.
After starting out an inspired 4-1 and leading the AFC East, the Bills have, shall we say, hit a rough patch of late. No, check that. If "of late" is defined as yesterday, the Bill have stunk. They lost 44-7 to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
It was their third loss in four weeks. It was their third loss in four road games.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions including one that was returned for a TD. Running back Fred Jackson also had a fumble that turned the ball over. The 37-point loss was the worst of the season, surpassing a 16-point loss only one week earlier.
So the Bills are not just going badly but getting worse.
That, of course, only matters if you adhere to the facts.
"Listen, I think Buffalo has been playing really well," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said moments ago. "I don't think because of what happened yesterday, you can look at any of that. The bottom line is just looking at the game, I haven't watched it yet, but it appears to me that turnovers had an awful lot to do with it.
"It seemed like they had three or four turnovers in the game."
Yes, the Bills had four turnovers. That is playing poorly in my estimation. That is not playing really well.
Anyway, the Bills are beat up, having lost key contributors at WR, OLB and DL in recent weeks. The Dolphins are 2 1/2 point faves.
The Dolphins, winners of two straight, are also playing well -- except that the facts actually back up that stance.