Q – Oinks Mike
It’s expected to be in the 30s in Shithole…I mean Buffalo this weekend. It will probably be a snow game.
Buffalo gives up 124.4 rush yards a game. Miami gives up 132.5.
Buffalo is the leagues leading rushing offense. Jay Ajayi ran for over 200 yards in the last game (we personally witnessed) v Buffalo.
The writing is on the wall in this game isn’t it?
Oinking Prediction time!
How many total rushing yards to think both teams combine for?
What % of those yards will be Dolphins rushing yards?
If our numbers are close on the ground, what will be the difference maker leading to a Miami win?
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I think what we need to do is score a couple of TD’s early, and shut down the run for a while and then force them to pass. It won’t be easy of course, because it’s seldom easy in the NFL, especially with a healthy LeSean McCoy. The 2nd leading rusher for the Bills is Mike Gillislee, right? Nope! QB Tyrod Taylor is 2nd to McCoy with 520 yards rushing, Gillislee is 3rd with 446 yards. In total though, the Bills have a league high 2290 yards, with carries from Jonathan Williams, Reggie Bush and a few others. The run game has also accounted for an impressive 27 TD’s. For some perspective, the Dolphins have only 12 TD’s rushing, and Ajayi leads with 7, Damien Williams is 2nd with 3.
So how many total yards rushing in the game? I think it will likely be around 270, I’m thinking BUF gets a little edge on us in the run game, say BUF 145, MIA 125. The thing is, with the way our offense is structured, I think we’ll be more than fine with 125 yards rushing. I think it’s going to be a bend but don’t break performance for us Saturday at Orchard Park. I predicted MIA 23 – BUF 12, and I see 4 FG’s for BUF. That would be pretty damn impressive as far as I’m concerned, as we get ready to face New England at home as we march to the playoffs.
I think we have a very solid passing attack, and can fall back on it some, as long as we get near 100 yards rushing, and we will get that and more (Moore?) I think Matt Moore will do enough through the air, Jarvis Landry, some Devante, and yet another big play from #10 Kenny Stills. I think Sims will also be a factor in the passing game, and of course the run game as a blocker. I think we turn over Tyrod Taylor at least once, maybe twice, and Moore will be INT free for the 2nd game in a row, and that will be the difference.
Q – Looks like Buffalo is going to be in the thirties, with chance of rain/snow/sleet and some wind.
Does this team need to worry about such these days like the past?
And does that hurt us “Moore” without Tanny?
Like I’ve said on the blog many times, we’re BUILT for this kind of weather. Although the J-Train has been running the local lately (too many stops!), the J-Train Express will show up in BUF. Any time you can the ball successfully, you can play in nasty weather. Of course, we’ll need our defense to step up, and they will when they have to in the red zone. BUF will get yardage, not points. It’s not going to be an easy challenge, Buffalo is a tough team, but we’re up to the task. The defensive line is playing fantastic, especially Suh and Wake, and they will continue to terrorize.
As far as Matt Moore, I can understand why you ask, and rightly so. Matt Moore doesn’t have the arm strength Tannehill does, he has a lot more touch, and on deep throws, more arc, and those can get hung up in windy Buffalo. He’s going to have throw those rainbows carefully. If Stills is wide open, if he gets out there early, he can throw those, but if he waits too long, it could be a long day. I think Matt Moore knows what he has to do. He’s very good at getting the ball out early, and I think that’s what he’ll continue to do this Sunday. Still, he’ll have to be careful on out patter where a strong throw is necessary, or it can be picked off. I believe careful he will be. He’ll pick his spots and the big plays will happen. It’s going to be a relatively close game, just a little lower scoring than the 28-25 victory we witnessed at the Fest.
Just a quick note – This is the most excited I’ve been about this team in close to a decade. I hope they can keep this great run going. I’m not worried what happens if we get to the playoffs. We’re entering uncharted waters right now, and if we somehow do get into the playoffs, I’ll be thrilled. It’s good experience no matter how you look at it. If we get destroyed, it will make the team hungry to do better. If we play great but lose, it will make the team hungry to do better. If we play well and win, we continue on, then this magic season lives on. WIN-WIN-WIN! There really is no bad scenario here. 8 out of 9. Who ever thought this team could reel something that off?
Enjoy this Dolphins fans! This is a great year for our team, and it looks all the world like we have the right Head Coach in Adam Gase. We don’t need a stupid slogan like Feed the Wolf, we just need the right guy, and we have him. Here’s to a long run of great Dolphins football with Adam Gase!