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Trends and milestones to watch for in Bills vs. Dolphins | Week 3


Sunday's AFC East match-up between the Bills and the Miami Dolphins will mark the first time the division rivals are meeting with sole possession of first place of the division on the line since December 19, 1993, when the Bills defeated the Dolphins 47-34.

In the head coach Sean McDermott era, the Bills are 9-1 against Miami. And since 2020, the team is 11-1 against divisional opponents for a .917 winning percentage vs. AFC East teams since 2020, which is the best in the league for any team versus their own division over the last three seasons. Will McDermott lead the team to another victory to extend those winning numbers?

Now whether it's another win or more TD passes from QB Josh Allen, here are some other trends and milestones to watch for when the Bills take the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami:

Team milestones/trends:

  • The Bills can become the fifth team since 2000 to score 100 or more points and allow 40 or fewer points in their first three games of a season
  • With a win, the Bills can extend the team's club-record winning streak against the Dolphins to eight games. This would mark the team's longest winning streak against one opponent since a 10-game winning streak vs. the Cincinnati Bengals from 1989-2010.
  • With an opening drive TD, the Bills would have TDs on the first drive in six straight regular-season games the club's longest streak since at least 1970. Including playoff games, the Bills' 8-game streak with an opening-drive TD would tie as the longest in the NFL since 1983, along with a streak by the Atlanta Falcons in 2016.
  • With a double-digit win, the Bills can notch the team's 21st consecutive win by 10+ points and establish a new NFL record. The 1940-41 Chicago Bears set the original record of 20 consecutive double-digit wins.

Player milestones/trends:

WR Stefon Diggs

  • If Diggs records at least 100 receiving yards and a TD reception against Miami, he will join Pro Football Hall of Famers Marvin Harrison (1999), Randy Moss (2007), Jerry Rice (1989), and Dwight Clark (1982) as the only players with at least 100 receiving yards and a TD reception in each of his team's first here games of a season in NFL history.

QB Josh Allen

In his career, Allen is 7-1 against the Dolphins and 3-0 against QB Tua Tagovailoa. In four games against the Dolphins on their home turf, Allen has totaled an 11-2 TD to INT ratio in addition to a 103.5 passer rating.

  • Allen currently has 143 offensive touchdowns in his career. With four total TDs on Sunday, Allen can surpass Andrew Luck (146) for the fifth-most total TDs in a player's first five NFL seasons.
  • With a 100+ passer rating, this would be the third time a Bills QB started a season with three-straight games with 100+ rating along with Jim Kelly in 1991 and Allen himself in 2020.

LB Von Miller

Since entering the NFL in 2011, Miller leads all active players in sacks with 117.5 and has recorded sacks versus 57 different QBs, with Miami's Tua Tagovailoa not on that list.

  • A sack on Tagovaiola will mark Miller's first sack against the Miami QB.

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