Bills at Dolphins: Sal's keys, notes and stats

Bills look for third straight win

Sal Capaccio
December 01, 2018 - 11:38 pm

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Here are three key storylines as the Buffalo Bills try to win their third straight game, taking on the Miami Dolphins in South Florida:

 

1.) Can Allen keep building?

Bills quarterback Josh Allen had, arguably, his best game as a pro last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although his numbers weren’t overwhelming, competing just 8-of-19 passes for 160 yards, they don’t give an accurate indication of his game that day. The rookie made some of his best throws of the year, showing his strong arm both from the pocket and on the move. He also ran for 99 yards, a franchise record for one game. Now the bar has been set higher, and Allen needs to show he can be even better this week.


2.) Jordan’s Return

Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round in 2015, and spent the first three years of his career with the team. However, he was released by the club following an outburst on the sidelines during a game against the New England Patriots in early October. The Bills claimed him off waivers and he’s played a significant role for them ever since, playing at least one-third of the defensive snaps in six of his seven games with the Bills. He’s also been an emotional and energetic leader on the defensive line. There’s no love lost between Phillips and the Dolphins. He’s going to have to make sure his emotions don’t get the better of him and plays within the confines of the Bills’ defense when he goes against his former teammates and coaches.


3.) Turnover Free

The last time the Bills either threw an interception or lost a fumble to the Dolphins was on December 22, 2013. Remarkably, Buffalo has not turned the ball over to Miami in eight straight games. It’s a big reason they’ve won five of those contests and have averaged over 29 points per-game over the last six against their AFC East rivals. If the Bills can continue that turnover-free streak, it will give them a great shot at winning their third in a row over Miami.
 

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