We’ve reached week 7 and the first of two matches against the Bills’ previously-hot-now-lukewarm rival Miami Dolphins. Like all division games, it is a grab bag in which Bills team will show up. Will it be the team that dominated the Dolphins last year in a 19-14 whooping on Thursday night? Or the perennial lame-duck game that makes Buffalo fans sick to their stomach? One of the things we know for sure this year is that the Bills under head coach Doug Marrone are different than previous years. After hanging with the Patriots until the last minute, coming back to beat Carolina, knocking off the Super Bowl champs, and then getting run over and through by the Bengals last week, the season has been nothing short than a rollercoaster ride. With that in mind, here’s a preview of today’s “Squish the Fish” game.
Thad “Who’s your Thaddy” Lewis will look to stretch the field. As we saw last week, Lewis is not afraid and has the arm to get the ball downfield in a hurry. With two of the league’s fastest Wide Receivers in TJ Graham and Marquis Goodwin, along with the sure-handed and reliably open Robert Woods, and Stevie Johnson back from his injury in the slot, Thad should have an array of options to throw to. Also, with CJ Spiller playing today, look for offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to put him in passing situations, something we haven’t seen all year.
Mario Williams will have a big game today. Miami’s O-line is considerably weaker than any of the last 2 teams the Bills have played, and Mario is still on a Pro-Bowl pace. Expect defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, coming into this game with a chip on his shoulder, to move Mario around, blitz LBs and DBs all day, and make Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill’s life a nightmare today.
Buffalo needs to step up its Special Teams play. In both of the last two weeks, Buffalo’s special team play ultimately cost them the game. Special Teams coordinator Danny Crossman’s job will be cut out for him today. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries a fake punt or field goal today, something to change things up.