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Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins - NFL Week 2
September 20, 2020
1:00 PM ET
Hard Rock Stadium
About the Bills
The Bills will aim for their 2nd win of the season as they prepare to face their division rival. QB Josh Allen posted a career-high 312 yards passing and became the 1st Bills QB with 300 plus passing yards since Week 16 of the 2016 season. Allen will face a stiff test against the Dolphins secondary with elite CB’s Byron Jones and Xavien Howard. Bills WR Stephon Diggs had 86 yards receiving in his Bills debut leading the team with 8 catches. It’s an asset to have a QB who is capable of running the football but the Bills would be better served getting more production out of their RB’s Devin Singletary and rookie Zack Moss. Allen leads the Bills in rushing yards and attempts in their victory against the Jets, and the more Allen runs, the more he is at risk for injury. The Bills had a total of 4 LB’s leave the game with injuries, most notably starters Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano. Each player is currently listed as day to day and head coach Sean McDermott said that” the injuries don’t appear to be long term”. Look for DL Ed Oliver and Jerry Hughes to put pressure on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and force him to make mistakes.
About the Dolphins
The Dolphins struggled to move the ball in their game against the New England Patriots as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 3 interceptions in the game and couldn’t get anything going on offense as the Patriots also shut down their rushing attack. To make matters worse, #1 WR Devante Parker left the game with a hamstring injury and is considered to be day-to-day. Parker was having a good game with 4 catches and 47 yards all in the 1st half but didn’t return after halftime. The Dolphins have talented WR’s Preston Williams, Jakeem Grant, and Isaiah Ford but they all were rendered ineffective with Fitzpatrick under duress. According to NFL.com, Fitzpatrick had the lowest passer rating in a game at 44.6 by a QB to complete at least 65% of his passes since Cam Newton did it in Week 3 of the 2017 season. Look for Fitzpatrick to take some deep shots against a very good Bills defense to try and gain some momentum with a big play. LB Jerome Baker also played well on the defensive end with 13 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss. Baker will be instrumental in spying Allen and trying to limit the damage he does with his legs.
Players to Watch
Devin Singletary (Bills): Look for the Bills to use Singletary more in an attempt to protect Allen and to control the time of possession.
Myles Gaskin (Dolphins): He was the player nobody was talking about coming into the season as he led the team with 40 rushing yards. He plays much bigger than his small 5’9 frame so look for Gaskin to make the most out of every snap he plays.
Zach Moss (Bills): It appears the Bills are trying to implement a dual rushing attack but Moss must be able to grind out the tough yardage running in between the tackles.
Solomon Kindley (Dolphins): After earning a starting spot in training camp, the Dolphins expect Kindley to help solidify the offensive line and help keep pass rushers out of the pocket.
According to NFL.com, the Bills had 3 WR’s with 50-plus receiving yards for the 1st time since Week 7 of 2015.
The Dolphins can’t match up on either side of the ball as Josh Allen has another monster game on the ground and in the air and gains another divisional win in the standings.
Final Score: Bills 42 / Dolphins 9