I won’t repeat what the many other game previews have already stated. A lot of focus this week has been on Richie Incognito coming back to town. If I were the Dolphins’ defense, I’d be more concerned with shifty ex-Dolphin Mike Gillislee. In addition, Charles Clay has been an effective weapon for the Bills this year, but he hadn’t scored a touchdown yet. That means he’s overdue, and overdue players always seem to have breakout games against the Dolphins. And of course, the Bills have Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter, while we have a guy who’s had TWO chip shots blocked already. Man, the players we give away…
But the most troubling thing for the Dolphins will probably be the scrambling ability of QB Tyrod Taylor. The Dolphins always have a hard time containing fast, rushing QBs, and Taylor is no exception. Against the Titans, we let Marcus Mariota escape containment far too many times. Taylor is even better at it, and much faster. The Bills haven’t won 4 in a row by luck. They are carving through teams fairly easily, and the Dolphins need to draw a line in the sand.
I don’t think the Bills are as formidable on defense as they once were, but still they were the only team this year to slow down the Patriots, no matter who played QB. Our offense handled the Steelers fairly well, and so we have the goods to beat such a defense. We’ve proven it. What we have NOT proven is if we can do it consistently.
Over the past few years, we’ve been inconsistent more than we’ve been good or bad, and that is more frustrating than simply being bad.
I’d love to see Adam Gase continue to call a variety of plays to help his QB, instead of stubbornly demanding that the line simply play better. He did this well vs. Pittsburgh, and it needs to continue. Arian Foster is a week healthier, and he could be a strong option for us in some situations. Gase needs to make the Bills think twice…maybe let them see Foster and Jay Ajayi in the backfield together to cause some pre-snap confusion. That might put us over the top. And of course, Gase needs to continue to call the rollouts and bootlegs. Good things happen when Tannehill runs the ball. I guarantee you that Rex Ryan will encourage Tyrod Taylor to run the ball, so Gase must do the same.
I’m going out on a limb with a prediction of Dolphins 23, Bills 20. I see a very similar game as we played last week against an equally good tough team. What do you guys think?