Game Preview: Dolphins vs Bills


Photo by Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports

Written by Chad Hahn


The rivalry between these two teams continues. The two teams have met each other 110 times (including 4 postseason games), with the Miami Dolphins winning 61 games and the Buffalo Bills winning 48 games. They have also tied 1 time.

Miami Dolphins lead series 61-48-1


Teams Records:


Miami Dolphins: 0-5

Buffalo Bills 4-1


Analysis:


The Buffalo Bills entering Sunday’s matchup are sixteen and a half points favorites at home. For the Bills, the defense has carried them to a 4-1 start.


That defense is led by linebacker Tremaine Edmonds, cornerback TreDavious White but the whole unit has looked great including leaders Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. Second-year quarterback Josh Allen has looked shaky with five touchdowns and seven interceptions so far on this season. The biggest key to the game for the Bills is to not give turnovers and play a clean game.


The biggest key to the game for the Dolphins is containing Josh Allen’s scrambling ability which is up there with the best quarterbacks in the league. So far this year on the ground he has 41 attempts averaging 8.2 yards a carry and three touchdowns on the ground. The Dolphins must have a spy on every play to try and limit the dynamic quarterback’s ability. The Dolphins also will have to contain there old running back in Frank Gore and limit big plays.


Coach Brian Flores made headlines this week by benching second-year quarterback Josh Rosen in favor of the veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. That decision was made because of last week’s performance as Rosen struggled although much to the reason of pressure he failed to elevate his teammate’s performance unlike Fitzpatrick how replaced Rosen in the fourth quarter versus the Redskins and scored two touchdowns to pull the game within one point. Although the two-point conversion attempt failed and the team lost it was evident Fitzpatrick was the better quarterback on that day.


This move at this point of the year signals a couple of important things for this organization. First, the Brian Flores and this coaching staff is not trying to lose every week and certainly not “tanking”. The second thing is that the young quarterback from UCLA Josh Rosen is looking more and more like a viable option to be the backup to a potential first-round quarterback from next year’s draft instead of possibly being the franchise quarterback they were hoping for. This doesn’t mean that it is set in stone because I do believe Rosen will have another opportunity to prove everyone wrong but he is obviously running out of chances rather quickly and to prove that he is the man to lead this organization’s turnaround.


Currently the Dolphins have the second worst record in the league only behind the Cincinnati Bengals. This Dolphins season is hard to watch for all Dolphins fans and I don’t see a victory this Sunday either. Although, I do believe Ryan Fitzpatrick if he remains the starter will pull a couple victories out, this week doesn’t look good but we will see.