The long and painful day of no Buffalo Bills football has come to an end. With week six about wrapped up, the season shifts gear into week seven where the Bills are coming off a bye week at 4-1 and will stay in Orchard Park for the next three weeks. They will host the winless Miami Dolphins (0-5) next Sunday.
The Dolphins are coming off a 17-16 loss against the Washington Redskins to push them to 0-5. Brian Flores benched Josh Rosen against the Redskins even though he stated that Rosen will be the starter for the rest of the season.
The Dolphins were expected to have a down year, but arguably not to this extreme. They have been outscored 180-42. Between Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick, the two play callers have only seen the end zone twice this season, have a combined 785 passing yards, seven picks, and both just complete over fifty percent of their throws.
On the ground, the Dolphins leading rusher is Kenyan Drake with 113 yards. No rushing touchdowns this year as well.
And Their Opponent…
This Bills squad has taken the league by surprise and see themselves as one of the top teams in the AFC, arguably the NFL. With a hard-hitting and excellent coverage defense, a quarterback who is developing but has made the plays when it mattered and a coaching staff that disciplines this team, the Bills have the opportunity to go on a run in October.
A Developing Offense
The offense has limitations. Josh Allen is in his second year as the starting quarterback and still struggles with mistakes. Costly turnovers has been a big problem with him this year. Whether it is trying to force the ball into coverage or not being able to hang on and fumble the ball. Although, Allen has this offense setup to win in the second half. He has proved every week except against the Patriots (left early due to a concussion in the third quarter).
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The offense does what it needs to do in pressure moments which is something the Bills usually do not do. With this weak Dolphins defense, Allen has the chance to pick up where he left off in Week 17 last season against this Dolphins team.
A Lights Out Defense
This defensive unit is well ahead of the offense. Twelve sacks, five interceptions and has only given up 62 points this season. This defense led by Tremaine Edmunds and company are up in the conversation as the best defense in the league.
Leslie Frazier has been one of the top defensive coordinators since his arrival in Buffalo. The Bills are meant to play defensive football and win in the trenches. This team has shut down the run game against Le’Veon Bell, Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon and Derrick Henry. All are arguably top ten running backs.
They have served as the only competition to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Only giving up 16 points (no passing touchdowns) is a great accomplishment against the best team in the league statistically.
The Bills are a clearcut favorite in this matchup but you can never count out an opponent. Is this game a trap for the Bills? That’s up to you to decide.
-Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow Brandon on Twitter at @brandon_ray79.