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Know Your Enemy: The Dolphins Defense

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A couple weeks ago, it was safe to say that the Buffalo Bills would have been able to handle the Miami Dolphins. Fast forward to this coming week, those thoughts are long gone. The Dolphins are back in the hunt for a playoff spot after their last two victories against the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. The Bills come in at 7-6 and the Dolphins come in at 6-7, this should be a fun game between these two bitter rivals.

The Dolphins defense is loaded with talent and they like to play physical football. Players like Kiko Alonso, Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, Lawrence Timmons and Xavien Howard have all made some sort of impact for the Dolphins. In their last game against the Patriots, the Dolphins are gave up 20 total points to a Patriots offense that averages close to 28 points a game.

Howard picked off Tom Brady twice. The defensive line was able to get pressure on Brady causing incompletions that Brady normally makes without any problems. Granted that the Dolphins defense has only done really well the last two weeks, they can still play.

The Bills offense will have their hands full. Especially with them not knowing who their official starting quarterback is, it could be a long day if they let the Dolphins control them.

The Dolphins defense is in the middle of the pack when it comes to their rushing and passing defense, but they could boost up their stats this week. The Bills having LeSean McCoy will help them in the running game but who knows what will happen through the air. A bug thing to look out for is the offensive line and how well they manage their blocks.

Now that the Dolphins seem to have a rhythm going for them, like the Bills, it is also crunch time for them. Whoever is taking the snaps for the Bills cannot make mental mistakes. This Dolphins defense is too physical and can make offenses’ pay the price.

Biggest advice for the Bills: 

Allow McCoy to run wild once again. Like last week, he may end up carrying the offense with his legs. The offensive line is going to need to step up and lead McCoy to the promise land. The passing game has been weak for the Bills this season, so it only makes sense to give an extra boost to the run.

Once McCoy is past the first level, he can make plays in the open field to set the Bills up for scoring opportunities. While the passing game needs to contribute, it’s more than likely McCoy could have another productive week against the Dolphins.

 

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