Miami wins this one 27-13.
I know our linebackers are banged up, hell, none of the starters may even play but we have one good thing going for us right now, we know the Bills are going to try and run the ball over and over again. This is huge for Miami. I expect them to stack the box with Louis Delmas to help stop the 2 headed monster in CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. Delmas plays like a linebacker in there so that is good news for us. We must tackle this week or it could get ugly.
Another thing I would say the coaches are pushing for with this strategy is to make EJ Manuel beat us with his arm. We have a pretty darn good secondary and the best Buffalo receiver is a banged up rookie, Sammy Watkins. As mentioned, if we can tackle, this may be a long day for the Buffalo offense. The advantage when Miami is on defense definitely goes to the Dolphins.
Now, onto the interesting part, Buffalo's defense against Miami's offense. I don't see Miami rushing for 191 yards like it did last week. Buffalo's front 7 are way too good. What I do see is a lot of quick releases, a lot of screens, a lot of "extended handoffs" like shotgun quick pitches and things of that sort. All of this is for the sole purpose of slowing down that Buffalo pass rush. We finally have an offensive coordinator that can influence a defense with just his play calling! I believe Lazor can and will make that happen.
I see Tannehill throwing for 300+ yards and 2 TDs with no more than 1 INT, if any at all! Mike Wallace has a big day, 80+ yards receiving with 1 TD. He is the most targeted receiver by Tannehill and he will continue that against the Bills who have a corner with a strained hamstring. Dare I say that Tannehill and Wallace will connect on a deep ball of at least 40 yards!? I know some of you don't see it but I have a funny feeling about it this weekend. If it wasn't for the Buffalo front 7, I would say Miami definitely has the advantage, BUT, the fact is that they exist and are pretty darn good. Miami has a hell of a lot weapons to account for though. The advantage when Miami is on offense lies in the trenches, our overhauled offensive line against the Bills front 7. The advantage will be to whoever wins the battle at the line of scrimmage. Tough one to call!
I won't be tuning in for most of the game but I hope to catch at least the 4th quarter!
I hope you all enjoy the game and hopefully we can talk about a 2-0 start on here next week!