The Bills will take on the Dolphins in Orchard Park in a game with playoff implications. The Dolphins were absolutely destroyed by the Bills in a 41-14 win for Buffalo back on September 27th. However, after a coaching change it seems like the entire team has changed with a new attitude and a few more wins. Here are the key players for this weekend’s game.
Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill was supposed to have a breakout season, however that has not been the case so far. In the previous matchup he was intercepted three times and sacked twice by the Buffalo defense. Tannehill has had a view issues in the media as well as The National Football Post reported that Tannehill yelled at practice squad players who intercepted him in practice. Tannehill has to find a way to turn his season around, however he will have a tough time doing so against Gilmore and Darby.
Ndamukong Suh – Suh was paid $114 million for his new contract with the Dolphins, however he certainly has not played up to that contract. Suh has just two sacks and 19 tackles thus far, on pace for career lows in both of those categories. It isn’t just the stats for Suh, his effort has also been missing this year. The Bills will have a completely healthy LeSean McCoy and the mobile Tyrod Taylor healthy so Suh will have his hands full
Jarvis Landry and Richard Matthews – The starting wide receivers for the Dolphins will face what is arguably the best tandem of cornerbacks in the league thus far. Landry is a playmaker, look for the Dolphins to get him the ball any way they can. Someone is going to have to get open for Tannehill, luckily for the Dolphins he might have all day with the way the Bills defensive line has played this year.
Health Issues – As has been the story all year, the Bills can not get a healthy team on the field, but the bye week definitely helped. Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins, Seantrel Henderson, John Miller, Karlos Williams, and Corey Graham will all be expected to play this week. The Bills will only be missing Percy Harvin and Kyle Williams, significant losses but not compared to the players Buffalo was missing last week.
Sammy Watkins – I expect Sammy Watkins to have a big game this sunday coming off weeks of rest and recovery he should be ready to go. Watkins was held to one catch in the previous matchup, though he did not play the whole game. After telling everyone he wants the ball, then being questioned about his toughness due to injuries he has a chance to silence the critics. I know if I were Watkins I would be more excited about this game than any other the past two years.
Mario Williams – Williams has just three sacks this year, after having 14.5 last year. He has voiced his frustration with how he is being used in pass coverage, rather than rushing the quarterback which explains some of the reason for the low numbers. Whatever the reasons are for the struggles of this defensive line, Rex better have gotten it fixed over the bye week because he is almost out of time to figure out this defense.