Please see below for staff predictions. Week 3 will see Miami host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East battle and with Buffalo allowing eight sacks through two games, this could be a spot for the Dolphins to break through. Buffalo did not come away with a victory last week against New England, putting the team in a must-win situation in Week 3.
Both the Bills and Dolphins enter this game at 1-1 and will be looking to move above.500 while the loser goes back to the drawling board. Getting a win at in a loud Miami stadium, will not be easy. The Dolphins hold a 58-43-1 (including postseason) advantage in their divisional rivalry against the Bills.
And both the offense and defense failed late in a tie game against the Jaguars last Sunday. Without Aaron Williams in the lineup, the Bills will go with Bacarri Rambo as the starter opposite Corey Graham, and that should make them a bit nervous if Tannehill has some time. Even if the Bills can stick to their preferred run-first game plan, Taylor should have a relatively high floor in Week 3. We’ll take it. He’ll look to step up in the pocket more and building on those positives against a tough Suh-led Miami D-Line. It also helps that the Tennessee defense is soft in comparison to the Bills and Jets. Only one Bill has thrown 27 TD passes in a season.
Last week, the Bills talked the talk, but failed to walk the walk against the defending Super Bowl Champions. When the team traded for Kenny Stills, signed Greg Jennings, and drafted DeVante Parker, Matthews assumed his role would be primarily on the sidelines for each game, leading to him to request a trade. The Dolphins haven’t been consistent running ball – they’re ranked 30th in the National Football League – but the passing game has been solid when Tannehill’s had adequate pass protection. Tannehill will commit a key turnover, but aside from that this will be the best game he’s played against the Bills or any Rex Ryan-coached team. Suddenly, the theme at One Bills Drive was less talk, more action.
They should still be excited about the big game against Buffalo on Sunday.
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No one talks about hating the Dolphins anymore, the way they did about the Patriots. From 2012-14, a time period that coincides exactly with the tenures of head coach Joe Philbin and quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Miami’s record is 23-25. It won’t be a cakewalk, this is the Dolphins home opener after all, but the Bills need to quiet the crowd early with some big stops. “I think we’ve got to learn from that and make it where the penalties are in our favor, not the other way”. And its 1-1 record reflects that.
This season, he has 16 catches for 163 yards in his first two games.
It’s hard to predict exactly what will happen in this week three matchup but it should be a close battle that comes down to the fourth quarter. Jaguars’ wide receiver Allen Robinson just dismantled the Dolphins secondary for 155 receiving yards, and I wouldn’t bet against Watkins breaking out for his first 100 yard receiving game of 2015.