It’s Week 15 of the season, it’s the Buffalo Bills final home game of the regular season and there is no other way to spend it than facing their bitter rivals, the Miami Dolphins for the first time this season. Both teams are in playoff contention with the Bills being ahead but that anything can happen.
At 7-6, the Bills are looking for a strong finish and make the final push for the postseason. the Dolphins sit at 6-7 and are edging closer but are still behind. Both teams are playing for life in the playoff race with the Bills having the upper hand. Now the big question is whether or not the Bills can stay ahead.
Here are they key matchups to look out for:
1.) Bills run defense vs. Kenyan Drake
Drake has been impressive for the Dolphins the last two weeks and now that Damien Williams is officially inactive, Drake will take the majority of the snaps. While Drake isn’t as much of a threat as Jay Ajayi would have been to the Bills defense, don’t underestimate Drake. Especially since he is going up against one of the weaker rushing defenses’ in the league.
If the Bills defense can contain the run, the Dolphins will have no choice but to pass the ball. The Bills are statistically better in the pass defense as compared to the run so if they want to stop the Dolphins defense, they’ll need to stop the run led by Drake.
2.) LeSean McCoy vs. Dolphins Defense
Whether it’s in the passing or running game, McCoy is more than likely to get involved a lot for the Bills. He may not have the same amount of rushing yards like he did last week against the Colts, but he may used a lot for the offense. With Tyrod Taylor and his knee injury that he is still dealing with, McCoy could see another productive game against the Dolphins.
3.) Bills Offensive Line vs. Dolphins Defensive Line
This Bills offensive line has been inconsistent all season long and they will face a tough and physical defensive line. If the Bills big men are able to hold their ground and push defenders out of the way, this will open opportunities with the offense to score points.
Which offensive line will show up to this game? Will it be the offensive line we saw face the Oakland Raiders where they dominated in the trenches? Or will it be an offensive line that gets pushed around like they did against the Carolina Panthers back in Week 2?
Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow him on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills for Buffalo Bills coverage.