— The Buffalo Bills will host the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the team’s 2013 regular season home finale. Sunday’s game will mark the 96th regular season meeting between Buffalo and Miami, with the Dolphins holding a 56-38-1 advantage in the series.
— The Bills announced yesterday that Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium has not sold out and will be blacked out on local television. Tickets are available for purchase for the December 22 home game at buffalobills.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-BB-TICKS (1-877-4257). Through January 2, a holiday promotion for new season ticket accounts is being offered. Log on to buffalobills.com or call 1-877-BBTICKS for more details.
— As part of the Salute to High School Football, the Buffalo Bills will honor the 11 recipients of the Buffalo Bills/New York National Guard High School Coach of the Week Award at midfield prior to kickoff, including the announcement of the 2013 Buffalo Bills/New York National Guard High School Coach of the Year. Each winning coach received $2,000 for his football program from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation and the New York National Guard, with the Coach of the Year receiving $4,000. Continuing the recognition of area high school football programs, the Bills will host the 2013 New York State Class D State Champion Randolph Cardinals at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and will also honor the 2013 First Team All-Western New York offensive and defensive team members.
— The Bills will also host the Depew High School Varsity Football Team and recognize their efforts as part of the Billieve – WNY Football Challenge sponsored by ADPRO Sports and the ECMC Lifeline Foundation. Depew raised $5,000 for the ECMC Mobile Mammography Coach and will be recognized on the Diamond Vision scoreboard in-game.
— To honor those who successfully completed the Bills’ 2013 Play 60 Challenge sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the American Heart Association, 20 students and 11 teachers from participating Play 60 Challenge schools from Buffalo Public, East Aurora and Orchard Park school districts will take the field with participating children from Fuel Up To Play 60 programs sponsored by the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council to form Stampede Row as Bills players take the field. Also joining the festivities in Stampede Row will be the winner of the Buffalo Bills 2013 Play 60 Super Kid Contest.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR SUNDAY
RB C.J. Spiller
• 10 rushing yards to move into 10th in team history (Jim Braxton, 2,842) and 100 to move into ninth (Anotwain Smith, 2,833)
RB Fred Jackson
• 44 rushing yards to become the third player in team history with 5,000
TE Scott Chandler
• With a catch on Sunday, will match Reuben Grant (31) for the most consecutive games by a Bills tight end with a reception
DT Kyle Williams
• 3.0 sacks to post 30.0 in his NFL career
DT Marcell Dareus
• 1.5 sacks to post 20.0 in his NFL career
DE Mario Williams
• Will match Bruce Smith’s 1989 campaign of 13.0 sacks for the ninth-most quarterback takedowns in a season among Bills with his next sack
DE Jerry Hughes
• 1.0 sack to record the first double-digit sack season of his NFL career
P Brian Moorman
• Will play in his 189th game with the Bills on Sunday to break a tie with LB Darryl Talley for the fifth-most games played in team history
K Dan Carpenter
• Three field goals made to reach 30 in 2013 and for the second time in his NFL career (30 in 2010). Will also become the eighth player in Bills history with 30 or more field goals made
PHOTO OF THE DAY
DE Mario Williams tallied two sacks earlier this season versus the Dolphins, including a strip sack lack in the fourth quarter that led to the game winning field goal. In recognition of his game-changing play in Miami, Williams was named the Week Seven AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach on WGR 550
Q: You know what Miami week means to the fans. How important would it be knowing that you’re out of the playoffs to try to keep them out?
A: I probably look at it a different way, I really do. I look at it this way; we have for the first time the opportunity to win back to back games during the season, something that we haven’t done. I look for it as a way for us right now, we’re 2-2 in the division with two division games left. It’s important; our goal is to have a winning record within our division. That gives us a better chance at winning the division. These are all the little steps that I’ve been talking about to the team that we need to do. When people say Miami is coming up there, they’ve got the playoffs, they’ve got a lot on the line, they’re playing Buffalo and they have nothing to play for except for pride, this and that. That’s not true. That’s a lie. We have a hell of a lot of things to play for.
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