Published on Dec 22, 2013
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Miami (8-6) opened with three straight wins then dropped four in a row prior to the scandal involving teammates Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito that drew front-page headlines across the country. The investigation into the matter continues.
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Instead of folding, the Dolphins have won five of seven. With victories over Buffalo (5-9) and the Jets at home next weekend, Miami would head to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
A win Sunday and losses by Baltimore and Cincinnati would clinch that postseason berth sooner.
"We are fighters," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "We've been through a lot. Guys are tough and are able to handle anything that happens on the field."
Tannehill has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 843 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions during Miami's three-game run, made up of road victories over the Jets and Pittsburgh as well as Sunday's 24-20 home win over AFC East-leading New England.
Miami held Buffalo to 268 yards but recorded only 293 during a 23-21 home loss Oct. 20. Tannehill threw three TDs but was picked off twice, one of which was taken back by Nickell Robey for the game's first touchdown.
"Every game is important, and certainly this one coming up against the Buffalo Bills is very important," coach Joe Philbin told the Dolphins' official website. "We've attempted to approach each and every game the same way.