Week 9 preview- Dolphins vs Bills

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills (-2.5)
1:00PM Kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium
Announcers: Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots

After a difficult road loss to the Patriots and suffering major injuries to Cameron Wake (done for season) and Ja'Wuan James (4-6 weeks), Miami goes to the not so friendly confines in Buffalo where they have, historically, struggled.  This game poses a serious tests to this teams fortitude as this is a do or die game for the season.  The Dolphins, currently 9th in the wild card standings, 1 game behind Pittsburgh and the New York Jets.  Why this game is important is on tie breakers going the rest of the way.  With tough games coming up against the Eagles and Cowboys, this game is vital to get a victory. 

How will they get there?

- RUN THE FOOTBALL.  They abandoned what got them two consecutive victories, in convincing fashion mind you, real early against the Patriots.  Their identity was lost and the game was lost as well.  They need to get Miller going early and often, and if Jay Ajayi can get some touches since he has been officially activated, he can get those tough yardage carries to help get first downs. 

-Protect Tannehill.  The Bills have been a nuisance to Ryan Tannehill throughout his career and needs to get off to a good start with quick passes and timing routes to get the Bills off balance.  The Patriots, Jaguars, Giants and Bengals have all been successful against their secondary by keeping the QB clean.  This is a top priority and can help.

- Keep Tyrod Taylor in the pocket.   He has shown tendencies to get happy feet once pressure hits.  It is up to Suh, Vernon and McCain to get continuous pressure on him but also not allow him to break containment to scramble.  He is deadly with his legs and can hurt Miami if they can get Buffalo in tough third down situations.  Misi may be spying most of the game.

-Stop the Run.  This has been a strength recently but needs to be at its best.  McCoy is a game changer and can really shred a poor tackling team with his cuts.  Miami needs to stay disciplined and square him up to bring him down.

This game is huge for both teams.  It is really going to come down to which defense can get after the QB.  If history continues, it will be the Bills who take advantage of Miami mistakes, which was prominent in their 41-13 thrashing of the Dolphins in week 3.  I unfortunately believe the Bills will win this game, based on Miami's poor history of playing in this stadium.

Bills 21 Miami 17