What to watch for: Bills-Dolphins

Check out Sal's keys and notes as the Bills look to get back in the win column in Miami

Sal Capaccio
November 16, 2019 - 1:31 pm

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The Buffalo Bills will try to get back on the winning track this Sunday in sunny South Florida against the 2-7 Miami Dolphins.

Here are three keys to the game, as well as notes and stats:


  • Different Dolphins

When these two teams played back in Week 7, the refrain was, "Miami is a desperate team who's been playing teams close. They’re dangerous." That turned out to be true, since the game was close throughout and the Bills had to come back in the fourth quarter to win. This time around it’s, "Miami has won two in a row, is on a roll and confident." So now the Bills have to crush that confidence as soon as they can. They are the more talented team, but that has to show up far earlier than it did a month ago.


  • Score, score, score!

Simply put, the Bills offense just hasn’t scored enough points, and last week against the Cleveland Browns it finally came back to bite them. They’ve been living on the edge all season, leaning on a solid defense and, for the most part, not beating themselves. Or, at least, having the other team beat themselves. That unraveled in Cleveland last week when they missed two field goals, couldn’t convert on several third-and-short yardage situations, and mis-managed the clock on their final offensive drive. The way to correct all that? Figure out how to get in the end zone more. Don’t live life on the edge. Give the defense some breathing room, so they don’t have to make a play or stop to win the game.


  • “Play fearless”

That’s what head coach Sean McDermott told his team earlier this week. Exactly what he means wasn’t detailed, but piggybacking on the above point, taking some extra shots in the passing game may be what’s called for. Hitting them is definitely needed. The Bills have not completed a deep pass all season. They could very well be playing a bit tight and pressing at this point. Josh Allen has been coached so much to not make a mistake, and he’s doing well in that regard, not throwing an interception in four straight games. However, that may also have come with a price in a lack of more risk, which comes with more reward.




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