Erasing 0-7 Resets Bills-Dolphins Rivalry
Since Josh Allen took over as the Buffalo’s quarterback the Bills-Dolphins rivalry has been one sided. The combined score of the the last seven games, all wins by Buffalo, 258-125. That includes a 31-28 win in Miami week three of the 2020 season.
The Dolphins will not be considered real contenders until they beat the Bills. Tua Tagovailoa must show he can perform against the Bills as well. Tua’s stats of just one touchdown and four interceptions clearly are not good enough. With Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle going up against two rookie corners those numbers must improve.
Pressuring Josh Allen Easier Said Than Done For Dolphins
Miami’s defense thrives on pressuring quarterbacks into making mistakes. Josh Allen’s stats in the Bills seven game win streak: 1,749 yards, 19 touchdowns, and three interceptions. The Dolphins have struggled to shut down Stefan Diggs and Allen’s connection. Wide receiver Gabe Davis should return for the Bills as well.
The struggles of Miami’s defense against Lamar Jackson last week worries many fans as the Dolphins try to solve how to slow down Allen. Allen may not be as fast as Jackson, but he is mobile with a very strong arm. The best defenses in the league struggle to keep him in the pocket. Can Miami find a way to keep the ball out of his hands and make Buffalo a running team?
Now Is The Time For Miami’s New Look Offense To Attack Bills
At least four Buffalo’s starters on defense are out for Sunday’s game. The Bills listed two others as questionable. The Dolphins taking advantage of these injuries, especially to Micah Hyde and Dane Jackson in the secondary, must happen. Hill and Waddle versus rookie corners Christian Bedford and Kaiir Elam has to be a win for Miami.
Attacking in the run game for balance and, to protect Tua, may be easier as well. Sean McDermott ruled out Jordan Phillips and Ed Oliver, defensive tackles, as well. Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds need big days to keep Allen off the field.
Bottom Line For Bills-Dolphins Games
Everyone, fans and analysts, think Miami’s a better team then they have been the last few years. Mike McDaniel’s offense, and the addition of Hill, makes the Dolphins offense scary. Tua’s shown growth in the first two weeks. The defense can make big plays at any time.
The domination of Allen and the Bills the last three and a half years frustrates everyone associated with Miami. The Dolphins need a statement win versus Buffalo, for their own confidence as well to change the team’s perception nationally. Win Sunday and there will be far fewer questions as to how good the team is.
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