NFL Game Previews: Week 17 Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Week 17 Matchups

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Miami (+3.5) at Buffalo, 38.5 o/u – Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

The Story: It feels like there are more Week 17 games than usual with playoff implications. This ain't one of them, although the Dolphins at least might be playing for Adam Gase's job, and whatever sort of moral victory that comes along with a .500 season. I'll leave it to you to decide whether that's good news for their chances of winning here or not. Ryan Tannehill doesn't look 100 percent again, throwing for only 254 yards and a 1:1 TD:INT over his last two games combined, but Miami doesn't exactly have a young QB behind him they might want to take a look at instead. Kalen Ballage might see increased touches if Gase does decide to look ahead to 2019, but you could have said the same thing last week and the rookie RB saw his workload cut in half from the previous week. Shrug emoji. The Bills also have some turmoil in their backfield, with LeSean McCoy getting a purely cosmetic "benching" against the Patriots, but Josh Allen's been the team's leading rusher over the last five weeks anyway. Shady and coach Sean McDermott have apparently settled whatever the issue was, so the 30-year-old could see plenty of carries in what might be his final game in a Buffalo uniform.

The Skinny:
MIA injuries: LB Kiko Alonso (questionable, knee); CB Xavien Howard (questionable, knee)
BUF injuries: none
MIA DFS chalk: none

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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