The Miami Dolphins travel to Orchard Park New York, and if any of you happen to have seen last weeks game against the Indianapolis Colts, there’s a decent chance we could see similar weather this week, and the Canadian winds keep coming (Thanks Toba!). The temperature should be about 32-35 degrees, and they are expecting afternoon snow showers, but they will probably start after the game, or possibly near the end of the game. In any case, it’s the right weather for a team who can run the ball, and whaddaya know, we fit right in there buddy!
The Dolphins will be coming off one of their most impressive game performances in quite some time. I haven’t enjoyed sitting down and watching every minute of a Dolphins game like the Monday Night game against the Patriots as much in what feels like a decade or more. The 27-20 score wasn’t nearly as close as the score would indicate. The Dolphins dominated this game for most of the 60 minutes. Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t complete a pass to any of his WR’s until the 3rd QTR. The Patriots had been chewing up 100 yard games on the ground the last couple of weeks, but not this night. The Dolphins defense held the Pats to just 25 yards rushing on 10 attempts. OK, that’s skewed, because the Patriots were playing from behind. The Miami defense shut down Tom Brady to the tune of 24-43 233 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT’s. Brady had been carving up opposing defenses with a silly 26-4 TD/INT’s, but Xavien Howard tortured Brady, by sticking like glue to the speedy NE wideout Brandin Cooks all night. Cooks caught one pass for 38 yards, and NO, #25 wasn’t anywhere near him as the Dolphins went into a zone defense for that play. Howard had a day baby, or make that a night!
This game was so impressive, I’m gushing while writing this. Can this same Dolphins team march into Buffalo and beat them in their own park? We know what a daunting task that can be, we’ve failed so many years just needing a win up there, and we’ve been heartbroken too many times. Tyrod Taylor is expected to start, but no question he will be a little gimpy with his knee injury. We need the defense to be special again, like it was on Monday night. I still have flashbacks like a PTSD victim, sitting at Slatterys with Piggy, and watching the Dolphins unravel in Buffalo. I want no part of that type of game.
The good news is Tyrod Taylor is not 100%. Shady is, however, and had a fantastic “snow day” last week against the Colts, and carried the Bills on his back with 32 carries for 156 yards and 1 TD. For most of the game, neither team even attempted to throw with high winds raking across the field from sideline to sideline, along with about 6″ of snow on the field. It was crazy cool to watch, and I bet the players had a blast. Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin is also ailing with a knee injury, so with their QB and best WR dinged up, we have to take advantage of that.
SO Dolphins fans, can Adam Gase come up with a game plan that can defeat the rival Bills in their house, with all the cards on the 2017 season on the table? Stay tuned my friends, Sunday 1PM – CBS, or whatever stream you can get. I know you will be watching!