Primetime blowouts all the rage for 2014

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By Ray Hamill

If you’re expecting a close contest between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills Thursday night, don’t.

Why? Because when it comes to primetime NFL games this season, the fat lady’s been singing loud and proud long before the final whistle.

Indeed, while the 2014 version of the NFL remains as unpredictable as ever and has served up an exciting assortment of nail biters and surprises, it hasn’t saved many of them for the primetime slots.

And for the purists tuning into the games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights, it has been anything but satisfying, with close games about as rare as a neutral still watching in the fourth quarter.

In fact, of the 31 games broadcast in the primetime slots this season, a mere five have been decided by less than a touchdown, while a total of 23 have ended in double-digit decisions.

And if you think that’s bad, it gets worse.

Fifteen of the 31 have seen the teams separated by 20 or more points. That’s almost half the prime-time games decided by three touchdowns or more, including all three contests this past weekend, where the cumulative score was 124-38.

That’s great if blowouts are your thing, but not so great if you’re in the market for some exciting football.

The Bills and Dolphins have one of the best rivalries in the NFL. Let’s hope this one’s worth watching past halftime.

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