Get ready for a war tonight.
Both teams desperately need this win.
Both teams have very good defenses.
Both teams are on a short week.
With that being said, here are my keys to victory:
The kicking game will be more important tonight than any other game this season. Brandon Fields will have to have a monster game and not only flip the field but have very good hang time to limit any returns.
By the same token, Jarvis Landry must not make any mistakes and pull off a couple decent returns.
With Brandon Albert gone for the season, Ryan Tannehill will be a sitting duck against a very stout Buffalo D Line. Getting Tannehill outside the pocket will keep him upright, however, it will also close in the field his receivers will be able to work with. The routes will need to be crisp and the receivers will need to find holes in Buffalo's 5 Man under 2 Deep Zone coverage. This is not easy to do as you will be working with only 60% of the width of the field.
Staying in front of the back stake:
Getting positive yardage on first down will be critical to each series. 2nd or 3rd and longs will lead to punting the ball faster than ice melting in a Miami July.
Sturgis vs. Carpenter:
Somebody is going to make a game winner tonight. Somebody may miss a long one and give up field position. Caleb Sturgis will have to prove tonight why he was worth a 5th round draft pick and outplay his predecessor, Dan Carpenter.
Whoever wins these battles will win the game.
My prediction: Miami 16-13
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