The Buffalo Bills take on the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 4:25 PM. ET.
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In week two, the Bills struggled to slow down the Patriots passing attack. Tom Brady sliced up the Bills defense and moved the ball with ease. The Bills made a game of it late and rallied to within five points, but couldn’t stop the Patriots from eventually pulling away.
In week two, the Dolphins were unable to mount a balanced offensive attack. The offense relied on Ryan Tannehill to move the offense. Tannehill passed for 359 and 2 touchdowns. However, his passing was not efficient as it took 44 pass attempts.
The Dolphins’ running attack has been poor through the first two weeks of the season. They rank near the bottom in rushing and running back Lamar Miller has looked atrocious. Miller, through two games, is averaging 2.9 yards per rushing attempt. The Dolphins need more production out of their ground game. In particular, Miller needs to step-up, but that won’t be easy against the stout run defense of the Bills.
In week two, Buffalo held the Patriots to 56 rushing yards on fifteen carries. A lot of that had to do with the Patriots emphasizing there passing attack, but that was in response Buffalo’s imposing frontline. The Dolphins’ do not have the type of passing offense that utilizes athletic tight ends, like the Patriots; therefore Miami may struggle in spreading out the Bills defensive backs.
The key to this game for the Dolphins is their passing game. Miami already struggles to run the ball. If the Bills can rush only three or four men and still get pressure, then Miami will struggle offensively in this matchup.
The key to this game for Buffalo is their offensive and defensive lines. Buffalo needs to protect their quarterback. Tyrod Taylor has completed 75% of his passes on the season. He’s been very efficient and hasn’t made too many mistakes outside of the three interceptions. Taylor needs to stay upright and do just enough to bring balance to the offense.
The Bills defensive line is intimidating to run on but has not created the kind of pass rush that a Rex Ryan defense is known for. Through two weeks, the Bills have generated only four sacks, while their opponents have eight. That trend cannot continue if the Bills want to make a real push for the playoffs this year.
A player to watch on the Dolphins this week is free agent signing Ndamukong Suh. Through two weeks, Suh has looked out of sync on defensive line. The impact signing of the off-season, has failed to live up to the billing. It’s still early in the season, but if his play does not improve soon and rapidly, the Dolphins might regret making such a huge investment.
A player to watch on the Bills this week is LeSean McCoy. Through two weeks, McCoy has 130 rushing yards on 32 attempts. He’s yet to have a breakout performance for his new team after they acquired him from Philadelphia in the off-season. This week, against a Dolphins defensive front that has struggled to stop the run, McCoy could get that 2015 breakout performance.
This matchup pits two AFC East rivals against each other. Whoever loses will have serious ground to make up in their division. Even though Miami has home field advantage, look for a more balanced Bills offense to do just enough to cover the spread and get the victory.
Play: Over 41.5 @ BetOnline.ag