The Dolphins will play their third straight home game on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. when they host the Buffalo Bills. It will be Miami's first divisional home game of the 2016 season, as the Dolphins have won three of their past four games at Hard Rock Stadium, including an AFC East matchup with New England on Jan. 3, 2016.
Miami has won three of its past five home games against Buffalo, posting victories on Nov. 20, 2011, Dec. 23, 2012 and Nov. 13, 2014, and is 7-7 all-time against Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan, who was head coach of the N.Y. Jets (2009-14) before moving to Buffalo in 2015.
Despite having one of the most difficult opening months of an NFL schedule in more than a decade, the Dolphins will remain at home for the entire month of October. In fact, Miami doesn't play another road game until Nov. 13 at San Diego, a span of 44 days between road games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest length of time between road games by an NFL team in a single season since the NFL merger in 1970, excluding the 1982 season which was interrupted by a work stoppage.
The Dolphins won the time of possession for the first time under Head Coach Adam Gase in last week's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. With an up-tempo offense and an attacking-style of defense, Gase has preached the importance of keeping the offense on the field and it finally paid off in the Week 6 matchup against Pittsburgh as the Dolphins had the football for 36:30. It was the third-longest time of possession the Dolphins have had since 2012, and the largest disparity since Oct. 19, 2014 at Chicago.