If this was indeed one of those so-called statement games (and it was), the statements on either side were succinct.
“Our time,” declared the Miami Dolphins, hopefully.
“Not yet,” countered the Buffalo Bills, with a big brother’s smirk.
The football map has not changed.
The AFC East still goes through Buffalo.
There was doubt about that coming into Sunday afternoon’s game in western New York, but much less coming out of it.
A nemesis reaffirmed, Buffalo’s victory was its eighth consecutive home win over Miami and its 12th victory in the past 14 meetings overall in the old rivalry dating to the AFL days of the 1960s.
Coming into the game national media accounts had begun to sprout that the Bills’ window was closing on its championship hopes — the rise of Miami making it an easy story line.
The window banged back wide open on Sunday.
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