Offensive Rank (Total Yards): 24th
Defensive Rank (Total Yards): 17th
Offensive Rank (Total Yards): 23rd
Defensive Rank (Total Yards): 15th
Keys to the Game
- Stick with the running game
- Pressure Lewis
- Contain Buffalo’s backs
The Dolphins success in the past few weeks has mostly come on the backs of their running backs. Sure neither Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas have been overly impressive, but just the fact that the running game is now existent makes them effective. A perfect example came against the Patriots last week when Thomas scored off of a short goal line pass from Ryan Tannehill faking the reverse to Mike Wallace. The threat of the short run from Thomas and the reverse from Wallace freed off the flat for a quick check down for a touchdown. Though neither back has been spectacular,they are both averaging at least four yards a carry.
Breaking News: E.J. Manuel will not play against the Dolphins. The Dolphins will face Thad Lewis for the second time this year, and this time they need to finish him off. Last time Miami faced Lewis they pressured him but were not consistent. The Dolphins front seven have been getting much more pressure on quarterbacks lately and the secondary is taking advantage. Zero to Hero story Michael Thomas can tell you all about that after he picked off Tom “Terrific” Brady to end last weeks game against the Patriots.
Neither Spiller or Jackson are having a super year like we have seen from them in the past, but they are still not having a very good year. Both have over 700 yards rushing and the Bills are ranked fourth in the league in rushing. If the Dolphins can contain this duo and make Lewis beat them through the air they could wrap this game up on the way to a potential playoff birth.
- Grind it out
- Get to Tannehill
- Special Teams
The best way for the Bills to end the Dolphins playoff hopes will be to use their two great running backs to grind the ball down the field. Wearing out the Dolphins defense in the cold weather will be beneficial to Thad Lewis as well. Eating up the clock and keeping this game a low scoring game will be the best way to beat the Dolphins.
The Dolphins offensive line wasn’t good the last time these two teams played and the Dolphins line still isn’t very good. You could say the Dolphins line has “stabilized” maybe. The Bills should go after Tannehill hard this weekend, especially if they want to throw off the now clicking Tannehill to Wallace connection.
Special teams or maybe even a defensive score will need to happen to help propel the Bills past the Dolphins this week. A pick six off of Tannehill in their first meeting sure did help.
Miami 27 Buffalo 16
I personally think Miami could win out these next two weeks. As long as Tannehill keeps doing what he has been doing in the past few weeks and the Dolphins defense keeps its rigidity they should walk out of Buffalo with a win.
About the Author: Zachary Cintron
Zachary Cintron is a sports blogger who has spent the past two years covering the National Football League (NFL), NCAA football, NCAA lacrosse, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for Sports Unbiased and The Sports Complex (Drexel University’s Sport Management Blog). Zach is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Drexel in June of 2016. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.