Keys to the game for the Dolphins vs Bills

In a AFC East match up that has a lot of implications in the AFC playoff race. Both teams are currently 5-4, but the Bills own the tie breaker over the Dolphins because of the Bills weak 2 win. This game will play a huge part in the playoff race and the Dolphins can't afford another loss to their division rival. Here are my keys to the games for the Dolphins.

  1. Protect Ryan Tannehil:. In the past the Dolphins offensive line has struggled against the front four of the Bills. In 5 games in his career Tannehill is 1-4 against the bills being sacked a total of 18 times. Now that Branden Albert is out for the season Ju'wan James will anchor the left tackle spot and it will be very important as it is for every game that this offensive line protects and gives Tanehill enough time to throw the ball.
  2. Protect the ball: In the 5 games Ryan Tannehill has played in vs the bills he has threw 5 interceptions and fumbled twice. You cant give the Bills extra opportunities to put points on the board.
  3. Special teams: In the past vs the Bills the Dolphins have gave up both a punt and kick off return for a touchdown, so it will be key for the Dolphins special teams to make tackles and not allow big returns. 
  4. Start Fast: The Dolphins need to start fast and get the offense rolling. They can't afford to get behind at home from the beginning. 
  5. Convert on third down: The Dolphins need to convert on third down to keep drives going. Currently the Dolphins rank 19th in the NFL converting on third down 40.5% of the time.