Tuesday, September 09, 2014

So You Want to Beat the Bills?


The 1-0 Dolphins travel to 1-0 Buffalo Bills. Both teams are coming off wins in games they were expected to lose. This game is huge because the winner gets to jump out to great start in AFC East.  Buffalo swept us last year and was the team most directly responsible for the Dolphins not making the playoffs.  Buffalo is a beatable team but they definitely are not a team to take lightly.  Like I did with the Patriots game last week I wanted to put out the keys I think we need to win the game.

1.)    Have our Offensive line get at least a draw against their Defensive Line. Last season the primary reason we lost both games is we matched up pretty much the worst offensive line in team history against a Buffalo D-Line that is one of the best in the league.  In particular Ja’wuan James is going to have his hands full going up against Mario Williams. Give the rookie some help and don’t leave him on an island all game against a beast of player.

2.)    Push the plays to take the matchups in the 2nd and 3rd level of the Buffalo Defensive.  I don’t care what anyone says you do not just replace a Jairus Byrd and Kiko Alonso.  I think we will be able to get some favorable matchups with their linebackers and secondary.  In Particular getting Charles Clay , Lamar Miller, and Knowshon Mareno out in space against their linebackers will play to our advantage.   In other words set up the run with our pass against them not the other way around.

3.)    Give Tannehill Some Time.  – I don’t expect our line to move their D-Line around like they did against the Patriots. However, I do think we will be able to pass block adequate enough for Tannehill to exploit the mismatches we can make with their secondary trying to cover Hartline, Wallace, Gibson , and Landry.

4.)    Get some points on the board.  Buffalo has a young quarterback and their #1 WR is a rookie. They are built right now to pound CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. I fully expect them to try to get their talented backs matched up with our injury plagued linebackers. The do not want to have EJ Manuel throwing many attempts with Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan lurking around.  If our offense can put get some quick scores on the board, it will force the Bills to throw more. With our pass rushers and D-Backs that is a horrible situation for them.

5.)    Be conservative on Punt and Kick Return – Last week Jarvis Landry was pretty much fearless on punt return and I noticed we have Landry and Damien Williams returning kicks. I liked this because we were at home and you know you have to really put points on the board against the Patriots.  Ralph Wilson is a difficult place to play and both those players are not going to be familiar with playing there.  I would avoid having rookies bring balls out of the end zone and would have Landry typically call for fair catches this game.  Buffalo is not built to score a pile of points so make them earn it don’t beat yourself in a hostile environment.

Phins Up!  

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And most importantly run the 5-2 over and over and over again. Make EJ beat you with his arm and not the run game

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Good post gofins4sb! And I do wanna beat the Bills.

Gonna be tough early in this game. Buffalo will come out fired up as this is their home opener.

If we don't shoot ourselves in the foot, we will win. We have the better all around team.

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Agree Ken. It seems like a great defense to use against the Bills. It takes some unique players that can set the edge in run game and also cover like a linebacker. We happen to have Vernon, Wake, and maybe even Jordon in this game. Great defense to use their talents!

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Agree Carl, If we can keep their stud D-Line in check and avoid turnovers we match up well in most other matchups with them.

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We do gofins4sb, we do

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I am worried about our defense. I am worried about out Qb situation. The Bills usually defeat the opposing teams by forcing turnovers. How many interceptions will Tannehill throw before he is replaced with Matt Moore? I believe 2 should be sufficient in the first half or if we only get field goals in the firsthalf. We can and should be undefeated at the bye week!

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Correction: I am NOT worried about our defense.

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Great read GoFins! On paper, we are the better team but they were a matchup nightmare for us last year, hopefully the table has turned!

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bills beat us 3 of last 4. we need this one real bad.

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If we loose this game then that will mean that the Patriots game was an illussion. A loss will devastate everyone for several weeks. So, if Tannehill is not producing early, Lazor had better ake him out of the game and start Matt Moore.

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if we loose this game i will cry like brady did on sunday

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The Bills and the Jets know that the they can get quick turnovers from Tannehill. All they need to do is get to him and hit him; and out will pop the football. This is how they took 3 games from us last season.

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The key to victory against the bills is to get after the QB like they did with Brady and a healthy dose of Knowshun!

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We are going to blow them out David.

Mike, you'll be crying tears of joy.

Last year was the illusion.

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Carl, I am sure we can blow them out and all of the remaining teams if we could go deep; Matt Moore.

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If Matt Moore were better than RT, he'd be the starter. RT is the future, and with his progression between year 1 and 2, I don't understand how this debate even exists anymore.

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@ Jeremy and Jessica Branham: AMEN! Nice Comment!

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Thanks. I just think RT hasn't had enough time yet to fairly say he's not the guy, but he's done a lot to show that he IS. You can develop deep accuracy. What you can't develop is the ability to throw deep in the first place. But RT has that ability. Just needs some time to develop the accuracy. Considering he was a WR for most of his college career, I'd say he WAY above the level most people would be at this point. And Miami does not need a deep attack anyway. Chad Pennington is a perfect example. One of the weakest arms in history but he almost always had winning season, and took the phins to 11-5 in 2008. Peyton Manning is another example. He can't throw deep since his surgery, but the Broncos don't need him to. The Pats don't need Brady to. The packers don't need Rodgers to. In fact, one of the strongest deep balls in the league is Flacco.....and he sucks. Oh and how about the cannon on Chad Henne? Yep...didn't help him much did it?

Not to mention RT is better when the line collapses. Matt Moore can't scramble and throw on the run with accuracy like RT can. He did it several times against the Pats Sunday. He is the most deadly accurate QB while on the run in the NFL.

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Well put Jeremy!

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IMO the QB position varies on several factors. I think have a strong arm is big because you can "get away" with some throws. Brett Favre threw what a lot of people would call bad reads but he threw with so much velocity he was able to get it away it many times. Tannehill's TD pass to Wallace was an example of his talent. Wallace was not what I would consider open but sometimes you have to make a play. But if were only arm talent Jeff George would have been one of the best ever. I think the hardest thing to teach is the ability to read a defense and react in matter of seconds. Tannehill has come a long ways in that regard. Yes he was throwing behind Wallace a bit ( which I mentioned has somewhat to do with the speed Wallace runs in practice vs a game to protect his hamstring). But even on the Wallace fumble Tannehill recognized he was open and fire the ball to the correct location. When the Patriots choose to put Hartline into single coverage they immediately converted a first down to him. I feel like he has command of he offense. The timing things will come with more and more practice. When it gets exciting is when it comes together. Tannehill can throw a 15 yard out on line. When he is able to read where to go with the ball and gets it out efficient he can become special. Right now I can tell you safely every D-Cord in the NFL would be nervous to defend Miami. We have a stable of good WRs, We have a QB that can make all the throws and we have a decent line now and we have a running back running like a wild man.