Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry

Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry
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Bitter AFC East Rivalry: Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry

The Bills-Dolphins AFC East rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. In a season the two teams meet twice as they compete to lead the group which also includes the New England Patriots and the Newyork jets. Over the years the Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry between these two teams has experienced many ups and downs. In the 80’s and 90’s during the Kelly-Marino years it was said to be the most intense in the AFC. You would find Bill’s fans looking down upon Dolphin’s more than fans from any other team. Why is this so? When did this rivalry start?

Dolphins vs Bills Rivalry History

The Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry must have started in 1966 when the Dolphins joined the American Football League and played against the Bills. Throughout that period to the 70’s the Bills had a losing streak against the Miami’s. The Dolphins recorded 17 wins by November 1978 as compared to only 4 wins made by the Bills. This was frustrating for the Buffalo Bills fans. This continued until September 7, 1980, when the Bills broke the no win streak by beating the Miamis 17-7. Following the game, 88,000 fans stormed into the play ground, brought down the goalposts, and sent them to Bill’s owner Owner Ralph Wilson’s as a gift.Ever since there has been rivalry between the two teams.

Reeasons for the rivalry

  • The Dolphins made the playoffs seven times in the 70’s while the Bills made it once, that is in the year 1974.
  • The Dolphins went to the Super Bowl 3 times, winning it two times. The Bills on the other hand never even made it to the competition.
  • Miami is a sunny-paradise with soft sand round the beach. Buffalo on the other hand is a boarded-up mill-town covered in permafrost.

 

Dolphins vs Bills Rivalry Game Statistics

Over time, the two teams have played 106 times, including 4 NFL playoff games. Of the 106 games the Miami Dolphins have won 60 times while the Buffalo Bills have won 45 games. One game played on 12th Oct 1968 was tied in which both teams scored 14-14.

Dolphins vs Bills Rivalry Game Schedule Season 2017-18

 Regular Season NFL 2017 Week 15

Sunday, December 17 at 1:00p ET
Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills
CBS
New Era Field

 

Regular Season NFL 2017 Week 17

Sunday, December 31 at 1:00p ET
Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins
CBS
Hard Rock Stadium

 

Will the Rivalry Ever End?

It will be difficult to cut short this Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry. This is because the owners and stakeholders of the two teams reap from the rivarly. The fan base keeps growing hence the income keeps increasing. For example, in 2002 when there was a realignment in the NFL, Ralph Wilson, the owner of the Bills rejected a proposal to move the Bills to a new AFC North Division. He wanted to maintain the Bills-Dolphins AFC East rivalry is intact. Wilson successfully managed to maintain the AFC East rivalry. Now the two teams meet twice a year.

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