In our last blog entry, I wrote about some of the negatives heading into Buffalo this weekend, including the weather, the Bills formidable rushing attack, and their tough defense.
But now I will paint you a slightly more rosy picture.
First of all, the game is on Saturday. The Dolphins played last Saturday, and the Bills played Sunday. So we got an extra night to recover and recuperate. It may not seem like much, but ask any professional athlete how important it is for all the little aches and pains and nagging injuries.
On offense, our skill players are superior to those of the Bills. I would count McCoy as a game changer perhaps. But as much as I liked Charles Clay and Mike Giillislee, they don’t perform like stars. For the Dolphins, any of our WRs can catch a TD at any given time. The emergence of Dion Sims has been a blessing. Even more important is that Adam Gase is finally recognizing that he has a weapon in his TE.
Matt Moore threw to Sims a lot more last game. He threw to DeVante Parker less. Moore is no dummy. He’s onto something, and Gase realized it too.
Sims had two big touchdowns. One was a great catch where he had to get his knee down in bounds. The other was an incredible move where he faked out two Jets and found himself wide wide open in the endzone. But Sims’ best play was the long floater that Moore threw him, where Sims had to leap for the catch and then drag a defender to the one-yardline. If I were Gase, I would make DeVante Parker watch that play 5,000 times. That catch was EXACTLY the way to make a grab. It’s exactly what Parker doesn’t do.
In our chatroom the other night, I knew the Dolphins were going to win as soon as we started to move the ball a little, even though we were down 0-7. The reason is that the Dolphins are far more resourceful than Dolphins in the past. If we stick around long enough, we win games now. If we linger in back-and-forth games, we win them now. If we let an opponent work their way back from a deficit, it doesn’t matter, because we win those games.
The only games we don’t win are the ones decided really early. Down 24-0 to both New England and Baltimore, I knew early that we had no chance. But when the game stays close and becomes a back-and-forth affair, we now have the mettle to win those games, and it’s been wonderful. I had given up in San Diego. Certainly given up in Los Angeles. I knew for sure the Cardinals were going to win in overtime…I was obviously wrong in each case. We win close games now, and that is great news since the Bills lack the ammunition to build a huge early lead.
I like the Dolphins 23-16.