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Three Keys For A Bills Victory Over Surging Miami

Week 3 of the NFL season is here and the Bills are facing an explosive offense at home. Buffalo will play their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium on October 1st at 1 p.m. Miami is coming into this matchup after scoring 70 points against the Broncos last Sunday. Miami has been on a roll after winning all 3 of their games to start the season. The Bills will need to pull out all of the stops this week to slow down this potent Dolphins offense and win their third game of the season.


The Bills Offensive Line Will Look To Have Another Solid Outing


The Bills have had good showings from the offensive line the last couple games against strong players like Maxx Crosby in Vegas and a monstrous defensive line in Washington. They have another solid matchup with the likes of Christian Wilkins and Bradley Chubb. The two of them will look to challenge the Bills offensive line and create pressure on Josh Allen. While Allen has proven himself competent when it comes to avoiding pressure, this game is sure to be a race with plenty of scoring.


The cleaner the pocket is kept, the more opportunity Josh will get to compete with the splash plays. Buffalo will turn to additions like O'Cyrus Torrence and Connor McGovern to help keep the pocket clean and allow Allen to get into a rhythm early in the competition.



The Bills Defense Has To Keep Everything In Front Of Them


The Dolphins have undoubtedly been the most explosive offense in the league so far through three weeks. Head Coach Mike McDaniel has collected the fastest offense in the NFL with players like Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and rookie speedster De'Von Achane. If Tua manages to find these players in space, it's very likely to lead to huge plays for the Miami offense. The Bills need to trust their coverage instincts and continue to play complimentary football.


There isn't a single team out there with a secondary athletic enough to keep up with the Dolphins receivers. The Bills defense will also be without Jordan Poyer who has had a ton of success against the Dolphins in the past. Miami will make plays and they will have opportunities. The key is for the secondary to stay disciplined and tackle effectively in space. This Dolphins offense has thrived in yards after the catch situations after Tua finds his receivers in pockets against the defense. The Bills will have to focus on efficient tackling and limiting large gains by Tyreek and company.



The Bills Need A Secondary Receiving Option


Stefan Diggs has played as advertised so far this season and finds himself top ten in receiving yards. However, Buffalo has yet to have a breakout game from a second receiving option. Gabe Davis only has nine receptions on the season while Dawson Knox has seven. Gabe had a good game against Vegas, recording 92 yards in the contest, but he has only had three receptions in the two other games.


Diggs is an absolute stud at receiver, but this Bills offense is going to need another option to rely on in the passing game to contribute. This would be a perfect breakout spot for Dalton Kincaid. Although he currently sits second on the team with eleven receptions, he only has 72 yards on the season. Kincaid has been used in short-yardage situations so far on curl routes and in the flats but he has shown some promise with yards after the catch. Kincaid is a physical specimen and this could be a fantastic opportunity for him to have that breakout game and show his athleticism and solidify himself as the second option on this team.


Sean McDermott and Ken Dorsey have a big task on their hands this week to try to take down a team on fire. Miami leads the league in point differential so far with Buffalo right behind them in second. McDermott will need to scheme the defense to keep the offense honest and limit the big plays that the Dolphins lean on. Dorsey will need to get the offense into a rhythm early and ensure that Josh is making the right reads to get Buffalo the best chance to win.


Josh Allen has been dominant in the past against the Dolphins. Look for him to take advantage of some of the mismatches on this Miami defense and put the offense in a position to succeed. The Bills cannot afford to be caught behind the sticks on 3rd and long scenarios. Dorsey needs to scheme a balanced game where Allen can sling passes and give this team the best opportunity to win.

 

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