Tonight's game between the Dolphins and host Bills (NFL Network, 8:20 p.m. ET) provides a sneak peak at a Miami team that the Patriots will face twice in December.
The Patriots visit the Dolphins on Dec. 2. The teams will then square off in the season finale Dec. 30, at Gillette Stadium.
It's highly unlikely that the Patriots will see the Bills again after already facing them twice in the regular season, sweeping the series. The Bills (3-6) would have to make a dramatic run late in the season to earn an unexpected playoff berth for there to be a chance of a third meeting.
If you're planning on watching tonight's game, consider this an invitation to share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog entry. I hope to join in from time to time, as I'll have the game on while working on some Patriots-specific stuff.
Current AFC East standings
Patriots -- 6-3
Dolphins -- 4-5
Bills -- 3-6
Jets -- 3-6