The Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills will play the second half of their season-series this weekend at Sun Life Stadium. The 7-6 Dolphins are coming off a divisional win on the road against the Jets as they look to win back-to-back games for the first time since they won at Buffalo and at Minnesota to start the season.
The Bills, meanwhile, are entering the game on a high, following their third win of the season, a 13-6 victory over the Browns last Sunday in Orchard Park.
When these two teams met up in Week 1, the Dolphins picked up a 15-10 win in Western New York, thanks to a balanced offensive attack and the first of several big games by the defense this season.
Keep reading to see what our experts think about this second meeting of the year between the teams. Keith Sims will tell you what the Miami mindset should be, Sam Madison has a message for the defense, and John Congemi lets you know what he thinks the Fins’ offensive gameplan should be:
It’s Bills week, but this time there is no Jim Kelly battling Dan Marino in a shootout. This is the 2010 Dolphins where getting into the endzone has been like a quest to find the Holy Grail. Throw on top the fact that this game is at one of the toughest stadiums for the Dolphins to win in: Sun Life Stadium.
The 2010 Bills team by record are one of the worst teams in the NFL. So the Dolphins should roll over this division opponent right? Wrong. This Bills team has played hard even though they only have three wins. They have taken the Steelers, Ravens, and Chiefs to overtime before falling. They have the 4th ranked pass defense and the 12th ranked rush offense. Top that off with the fact that this Bills team averages just under 20 points a game (the Dolphins avg just over 17).
The Dolphins cannot afford to let this Bills team believe they can win. Don’t let them hang around like the Browns. We saw i that game how just one bounce of the ball can win or lose the game.
Forget about everything you have done from this point on. Show me! That’s what Channing Crowder and Karlos Dansby did last week before the Jets game. Stepped up as leaders on this team. It didn’t matter if the offense played bad or the special teams. This team had a mission last week, to show and prove what their identity was and that was being tough. Now how will this young inexperienced team follow there leads? Get back to the basics. Be committed. Stay focused. Prepare. And let it lose on the field like when they are on the road. Let’s just sit back and enjoyed the ride. It’s gonna be fun to watch. Go Fins!
The Bills come into this game ranking last in the league in rushing defense, giving up close to 5 yards per carry this season. Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has been productive in the past against Buffalo: three rushing touchdowns in the past two games, and he’s averaging 95.1 yards per game in his career against the Bills! The key will be the offensive line moving people against their will at the line of scrimmage. Head coach Tony Sparano has said looking at the film from last week’s win over the Jets that there were too many bodies lying on the ground to have consistent success in the running game. This might change against Buffalo because they have a different body type than the Jets up front.
Another key will be for the Miami receivers to get off of the line of scrimmage and get some separation for Chad Henne and the passing game. This game sets up for Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess to be productive and create some run after catch situations.
Scoring points have been a problem for the Dolphins (averaging 17.3 points per game ranks 31st in the NFL), but the Bills have allowed more than 30 points in seven of their last 13 games! This should be a big play type of passing game if the Dolphins can establish the run early.
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