Dolphins vs Bills GAME PREVIEW

After a surprising win last week vs the Patriots the Dolphins hit the road to face a Buffalo team that swept the Fins last year. The Bills are also coming off a surprising win themselves winning in Chicago last week in overtime. This match-up is very intriguing on so many levels and one team will walk away with a 2-0 record and be off to a hot start.

WHEN MIAMI HAS THE BALL: The Dolphins offensive line held up and played exceptionally well last week vs the Pats. This week they will have another tall order playing vs a very talented Buffalo defensive line. Vince Wilfork dominated both Dolphins guards last week but Fins back-up center Samson Satele just controlled Wilfork all day long. Satele will need to bring another A+ performance this week. Mario Williams, Marcell Darius, Kyle Wiliams, and Jerry Hughes are a very talented group and this group had its way with the Fins o-line last year. As we saw last week with Bill Lazor calling the plays the Dolphins will want to run the ball early and often. If the Fins run the ball like they did last week they will be a tough team to beat most weeks. Knowshon Moreno was fantastic last week and he will be leaned on again but don't sleep on Lamar Miller. When Moreno got going Miller's game picked up and he began running harder himself. Miller will get his opportunities this week and if the light-bulb has finally gone off for him watch out. He has 4.2 speed and has the ability to hit that "home run" on any play. While Moreno will be the focus of the Bills defense this week look out for Lamar Miller to maybe break a big play or two. The passing game I think will be similar to last week; feed Mike Wallace all day long. Wallace was moved all over the field and given the ball a lot. I expect that to continue. Also look for Charles Clay to get more involved in the offense this week as well. And as always the game comes down to Ryan Tannehill making wise decisions and protecting the football.

WHEN BUFFALO HAS THE BALL: The Bills offense is head scratching to say the least.  CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson are great running backs and the bread and butter of the Bills offense. Expect the Bills to try to get the ball to Spiller in space and then pound Jackson between the tackles. EJ Manuel is a below average passer so I think the Bills will move him around and let him make some plays with his legs to get him comfortable. Then they will let EJ air it out and use his arm. While Sammy Watkins is the Bills WR who gets the most press watch out for Mike Williams. Williams is a very talented WR who fly's under the radar because he is a knucklehead who is always in trouble. Make no mistake about it though Williams can win a game by himself if he has a big day. The Dolphins need to bring the heat and bring the pass rush like last week.Wake and Vernon must make EJ uncomfortable and force him into mistakes. Cortland Finnegan when matched up with Watkins or Williams must have a good day. I'm still not sure Finnegan is a starting CB in this league who can match up with top level WR's like Watkins and Williams. We will learn a lot this week about Finnegan. The Dolphins will be without 2 starting linebackers in Misi and Ellerbe so Jenkins, Trusnick, and McCain have to be steady. It's too much to ask them to play great, but they can't have that deer in the headlights look and look green. If the Bills can exploit those young and inexperienced linebackers it might be a long day for the Fins defense.

OUTCOME: This game is going to be close....real close. I think it will come down to field position, and which team can avoid the big mistake. The Dolphins offense played well last week but there were a couple mistakes they made and they left points on the field. If they can clean those up I think they can have a good day. You can pass vs the Buffalo secondary and I expect Miami to come out throwing. While EJ Manuel isn't great the Dolphins defense scares me. No Misi, No Jordan, No Jones, No Ellerbe....they are missing a lot and are asking a lot of young guys to play big roles. The Bills all but ended the Fins season last year with that Week 16 beat-down they laid on the Dolphins. They swept the Fins last year as well and really just physically beat Miami up. This Dolphins team isn't the same though. The offensive line is rebuilt and more weapons have been added on offense. If the Fins defense can bend and not break I think Miami sneaks out a close win here. The Dolphins owes this Buffalo team one and will get a little revenge this week. MIAMI 27  BUFFALO 26