Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) passes as center Doug Legursky (59) blocks against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo heading to Miami

Week 7 is upon us and the Buffalo Bills are headed to sunny South Florida to take on the rival Miami Dolphins.

This will be the 95th meeting between the two of them.  The Dolphins have a 31-15-1 record at home against the Bills. Buffalo has not won in Miami since 2010.  This could be a big game in more ways than one with the losing record in Miami for the past 3 years as well as the down-slide with this season sitting at 2-4. This game could turn their season around.

To win the Bills will have to do three things throughout the game.

Three Keys for the Bills

1. Defensive Pressure.  So far each game has shown the that Bills are in the game with the front 4 getting pressure on the quarterback.  Even though they have lost in games where the pressure was there, they took the Patriots to the final seconds and the Bengals into OT. The pressure needs to be there.  Without the pressure though, the Buffalo Bills look completely lost on defense.  Mario Williams is only 2 sacks away from hitting 10 for the season.

2. Running game.  Jackson and Spiller need to make it happen on the ground.  Without a running game the offense becomes one dimensional and that will only hurt the Bills here.  Spiller is 61 yards away from 2500 yards in his career and 1-100 yard game away from moving past Antowain Smith in to 8th spot with 8 in his career.

3. Thad Lewis.  Lewis played a pretty good game for the situation that he was in.  There were some mistakes and yes he did sprain his ankle, which quickly brought in Matt Flynn.  Lewis should be ready to go against the Dolphins though.  Lewis is right now the best option for the Bills due to the fact he is able to read defenses and move on his feet to give a second out to passing.  Lewis needs to stay calm and allow his receivers to help him out.  He also needs to beware that the Dolphins will be bringing the pressure and sometimes the simplest route will be the one that is open.  Lewis is 80 yards away from 500 and 2 passing TDs away from 5 in his career.

 

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