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Dolphins-Buccaneers game moved to November as Hurricane Irma approaches


The Dolphins-Buccaneers game scheduled for Sunday in Miami has been postponed until Nov. 19, the NFL announced Wednesday.

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida and evacuations beginning in the Florida Keys and the Miami area, the league decided to move the game to what had been a mutual bye for the two teams in Week 11. The NFL had said Tuesday the game would not be played in Miami on Sunday; the other alternative was to keep the game this weekend but play it at a neutral site.

Brooks Reed saved the game with his second sack of Mike Glennon in the waning seconds with the Bears in position to score the game-winning TD. Given the limitations of Chicago’s offense, it was a little disappointing to see the Bears move the ball so well at times. Still, holding off a comeback was a good start for a young, fast unit that’s closer to jelling.

With the Patriots losing and the Dolphins not playing, the Bills are alone in first place in the division. Games against the Panthers, Broncos and Falcons — and not the NFL’s junior varsity team — will help curb that enthusiasm.

After all, he once was one of them.

The Bill Polian who worked his way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by crafting a Super Bowl winner and perpetual playoff roster in Indianapolis was an improved version of the Bill Polian who had top executive roles in Buffalo and Carolina.