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Miami vs. Buffalo: Keys to the game

The Dolphins return to the football field on Sunday against the Buffalo Bill, The Miami Herald has learned.

These are the keys to the game:

When the Dolphins pass the football: The Dolphins have two goals when they throw the ball: Complete the pass. Keep quarterback Ryan Tannehill from getting hit. It’s debatable which of the two is more important. The Dolphins are allowing more sacks per game than any other NFL team and as the offensive line is unchanged from the previous five games, even coming off a bye week, there is little reason to believe Tannehill won’t get hit this game as he has others. Led by Mario Williams, who is third in the NFL with eight sacks, the Bills are ninth overall in sacks per pass play. The Dolphins will be looking to get some easy completions by running more wide receiver screens than usual and this should offer one way to keep Tannehill from getting hit while still completing passes. ADVANTAGE: Even.

When the Dolphins run the football: Lamar Miller was successful against the Bills the last time he played against them, as he averaged 7.3 yards per carry on 10 carries. But the Miami running game has been a major disappointment so far this season to the point fans are calling for trades for a running back or along the offensive line. The Dolphins might be wise to take a page out of the Buffalo game plan and simply not give up on the running game so easily. The Bills, you see, are
not very good at stopping the run. They rank 28th in the NFL in that department. It must be noted, however, that much of that damage came the first three weeks of the season when New England and New York bulldozed the Bills up front. ADVANTAGE: Even.

When the Bills run the football:  The Bills are third in the NFL in rushing yards per game and that because they run the ball well and often. C.J. Spiller hasn’t been the weapon he was last year but he still is averaging a healthy 4.2 yards per rush while Fred Jackson is at 4.6 yards per pop. The Bills had six runs of 10 yards or more against Baltimore’s solid defense three weeks ago and had another five runs over 10 yards last week against Cincinnati. The Dolphins are hopeful middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe will be available to them for this game but the fact his status is uncertain and he’s nursing a shoulder injury is troubling because he is the team’s best run-defending linebacker. The Dolphins don’t like sinking the safety into the tackle box to stop the run but this might be a game that calls for exactly that move. ADVANTAGE: Buffalo

When the Bills pass the football: QB Thad Lewis, a South Florida native and Hialeah-Miami Lakes High alumnus, returns to his hometown as a little known and mostly untried professional quarterback. Lewis is playing because rookie E.J. Manuel is out for Buffalo but he also is nursing a foot injury. The Bills weren’t a passing team even with their starting quarterback and now are less so but they still pose a threat deep with rookie Marquise Goodwin, have a proven if also enigmatic veteran in Stevie Johnson and make good use of both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson out of the backfield. The Bills do struggle to protect the QB, however. They are 27th in the NFL in sacks per pass play. The Dolphins are getting healthier up front with Paul Soliai and Cameron Wake both nearing 100 percent. Pass pressure has fallen the last couple of weeks so the Dolphins are hoping for a rebound. ADVANTAGE: Miami.

Special teams: Brandon Fields is the NFL’s leading punter and a weapon in flipping the field in Miami’s favor. The Bills punter is Brian Moorman and he’s averaging a solid 42 net yards per punt but the Bills are lucky to have him because their plan coming out of camp was having Shawn Powell do the job – until Cleveland had 179 yards and a touchdown in return yards. That one went bad. This one went right: The Bills signed former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter and he’s been excellent in that he’s made 12 of 13 kicks, including all three of his attempts of 50 yards or more. Leodis McKelvin, who returned a punt for a touchdown against Miami last season, is back in the punt return role after missing time with an injury.  He has only four returns and is averaging only 9.5 yards per, but he is dangerous. Miami’s Marcus Thigpen also had a TD return against the Bills last season. ADVANTAGE: Even. Coaching: Former Dolphins reserve offensive lineman Doug Marrone is instilling a solid culture in Buffalo. The team seems more disciplined than in the past and has been especially improved on defense where the secondary has played well despite injuries, veteran Mario Williams is having a solid season and linebacker Kiko Alonso is a rookie of the year candidate. The Dolphins have issues to address – no running game, no ability to protect the quarterback -- and coaches have had a week to get it right. The tweaks and adjustments the staff has made to address the issues will be interesting to see. ADVANTAGE: Even.

Intangibles: The Dolphins are coming off a bye. They’ve had two weeks to prepare for this game and are reasonably healthy. Quarterback Thad Lewis, meanwhile, is returning to his home town as an
unexpected starter for Buffalo – a big moment for him. OVERALL ADVANTAGE: Miami.

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Arnsparger, if Wallace scored on 54.9% of the deepballs accurately thrown to him, our scoring average per game is at at least 7pts more. We avg 23ppg, 7ppg more is 30ppg.

30ppg, and we're sitting 5-0 right now instead of 3-2. Huge difference.

1 Andre Johnson HOU WR 44 495 11.3 82.5 27 0
2 Antonio Brown PIT WR 41 498 12.1 99.6 45 2
2 Julian Edelman NE WR 41 411 10.0 68.5 44 2
2 Julio Jones ATL WR 41 580 14.1 116.0 81T 2
5 Brandon Marshall CHI WR 40 465 11.6 77.5 41

But you also see what having a Anemic O-line in Pitts has done to their team this year in terms of winning as well bill...just sayin............

It's about time we hammered a team out of sight. All our wins end up being close. It's about time we won a game 35-10 or something.

That's what I'm looking for this week.

I know all our problems don't begin and end with Wallace. All Im saying is we paid him #1 WR money and he will NEVER be the #1 WR. If we fix the line, get Thill more accurate and have a running game Wallace will still be 77 out 107 WR's.


But you also see what having a Anemic O-line in Pitts has done to their team this year in terms of winning as well bill...just sayin............

Posted by: superPHIN | October 19, 2013 at 03:41 PM

Great thing about this is that Steeler fans have not gone 40yrs without a Super Bowl win. They've had two sb wins just within the last decade. If we were under similar circumstances, I would eat 1-2 crappy seasons per decade.

assuming Wallace held on to the ball down the field too...that's always 50-50..his hands arent the most reliable either...

We signed him to #1 money out of desperation. We have been looking for a #1WR since the Marino days. Think of all the bad draft picks. Think of the FA pick ups and trades. The sad fact is we STILL do not a true #1 WR!

Arnsparger, exactly! It's on Ireland paying a wr that much money banking on only 1 great asset. Speed!

I would eat 10 losing seasons if Miami could even sniff a SB again....that's just how desperate its become around here..unless of course your a jets fan...lol

I mean damn we even drafted Ted Ginn and his Daddy and still got it wrong!

Arnsparger, exactly why I said in an earlier post, we still have only "2 #2 wr's". Hartline and Wallace both are closer to #2 than #1 wr's.

That bungling is squarely on the shoulders of the front office. Namely, Jeff Ireland.

all I now is that clabo needs to go along with martin...I mean seriously does anybody here think martin is here to stay and that he could develop into something of a solid LT in the near future for this team???!!!he looks overmatched and confused in some of his blocking schemes the more I watch this guy play

Sam that why I say trade him now while he has value and there are teams in the playoff hunt that would give up value either a player (OL) or draft pick. Wallace is a sane Marshall! Philbin does not like Diva/trouble!

Seems with Ireland, part his offseason moves resembles REBUILDING, then part resembles we're only a piece or two away, then part resembles wtf?

Then we play identically resembling Ireland's offseason moves.

SuperPhin Martin belongs on the Right side and would actually be very good there. He is playing out of position.....seems the Dolphins like to do that. They make players fit the system instead of getting players that actually fit there system. That's the difference between the success of franchises like the Pats, Steelers and Packers and us!

bill,

unfortunately because of his contract, I doubt you'll find many teams that are in the playoff hunt desperate enough to take Wallace even if that were possible....and a most likely scenario is that Wallace wont adjust his contract and the team interested probably are set in WR position..just sayin


if u could name a team out there that would be interested in adding wallace..im like to hear it???!!!

We continually try to fit a square peg through a round hole.....even Dr Canosa knows that is a sign of insanity!!

Atlanta if they believe they can turn around there season, GB and Sea have need and cap room. So do the Pats but I cant see us ever helping them win another SB! Remember this year Wallace cap hit is only 3.5 million

I agree with superPhin, very difficult to get someone to tough Wallace at the present contract. It would have to be a deal to eat a lot cap to get a team to bite.

However if Hakeem Nicks can be had for less trade value that would be the move. He is a #1 WR after all and has produced.

Oh yeah Raven too.....they have the room and are in need of WR help.

GB is cap strapped due to paying Rodgers and Mathews and they don't overpay WRS(Jennings???) Seattle invested in percy harvin, no way they double dip and overpay Wallace too.....Pats have never shown any inkling in paying big money to wrs with brady to make people around him better than they are..

Atl, with white and Julio jones (Whose contract is expiring soon, Cant see that being possible) and they paid top money to keep ryan as QB....

Bill,

the ravens are extremely strapped for cash with the flacco deal(look how many people they released becuz of that).....Wallace would have to take a pay cut no matter where a trade would happen,,face it,, were stuck with the decision to pay him and can only hope he improves over time!!!!

GB is $10 million under the cap and let Jennings go because his best years were behind him as evidenced by his numbers.

Harvin got significant injury and Seattle does not know what Harvin they will get back. They are $4million under the cap.

Pats paid Randy Moss huge money and then spent for Amendola this year. They are $9million under the cap.

Atl has had White injured all season. Jones just went down for season and they stated that they are not sellers for trade deadline because they believe they can turn it around. They are $4million under the cap.

Does nay of this mean a trade will happen....most likely not. You asked me for trade possibilities and I gave them to you. We all know blockbuster trades at deadline are next to zero. So the point is moot!

Oh and the Iggles need a WR....in there local paper yesterday....they have $18 million in cap space. Remember Wallace salary for 2013 was $1million. We already paid him for 6 weeks. We would have to eat his $2.5million signing bonus prorate for this season. So if a team wanted Wallace he would cost them about $600K this year.

Bill

You gotta understand that with all the flaws that Wallace comes with, teams aren't stupid enough to overlook everything that fans and other gms around the league see in tape and game-film the same things that think Wallace is not worth it nor should he be considered pickup material, we've already seen his attitude creep up when he's not involved in the game and how frustrated people can get when he drops his fair share of balls.....

out of every team you've named, not one strikes me as a team that would even consider Wallace an asset to their respective situations in terms of winning a championship, its not like Wallace is a final piece to the puzzle for any of those organizations......

Wallace isn't going anywhere....

not this year or next....

If we look bad on "O" after this season...look for Tanne's talent to be called into question...Wallace is a proven commodity with a proven QB....

Exactly SuperPHIN that's been my point. We made a he mistake when we went after Wallace....Vikings wanted him bad....they offered more money. Maybe they are a trade partner?

he=HUGE

FOR ALL YOU "FOOTBALL EXPERTS" WHO DON'T KNOW CRAP! ANALYSE THIS IF YOU WILL. HAVE THE DOLPHINS PASSING GAME IMPROVED THIS YEAR OR NOT? HAVE WE IMPROVED DESPITE OUR QB BEING SACKED MORE TIMES THAN ANY QB? ARE WE PASSING WELL DESPITE NO RUNNING GAME? NO DEVONNE BESS, NO STARTING TE? SPEAKING OF TE HAVEN'T OUR TE DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB? WHY ALL THESE POSITIVES AND 3-2 RECORD THAT COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN 4-1 DESPITE INJURIES! WHY? LUCK? BS OR MAYBE THE FACT THAT NOW DEFENSES KNOW THEY HAVE TO DOUBLE WALLACE OR IT'S LIGHTS OUT TOUCHDOWN. JUST BECAUSE HE AND TANNEHILL HAVE NOT CONNECTED DOES NOT MEAN HE HASN'T UPGRADED THIS OFFENSE BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF THE BEST DEEP THREATS IN THIS GAME. THE PROBLEM IS TWO THINGS 1. YOU HATERS HATE THAT HE WAS PAID 60 MILLION CONTRACT. THE GUY IS 27 YEARS OLD AND IF HE PLAYED FOR ANY OF THE GOOD TEAMS THEY WOULD KNOW HOW TO USE HIM. 2. THE MAIN PROBLEM IS SHERMAN WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH TALENTED AFRICAN AMERICAN ATHLETES!! THAT'S RIGHT I SAID IT AND HE IS ALSO IN LINE WITH IRELAND WHO REFUSE TO SIGN ALBERT FROM KC BECAUSE HE WAS NOT GOING TO PLAY THAT"BLACK GUY" THAT TYPE OF MONEY!! HELL NO! CALL ME WHAT YOU WHAT BUT THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE DOLPHIN ORGANIZATION AND WHAT HAS BEEN WHISPERED AROUND THE LEAGUE FOR YEARS..YES I DO KNOW PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE. I NEVER WANTED TO ACCEPT THIS BUT NOW IT'S COMING OUT FULL CIRCLE. WE'VE LOST BRYANT,MARSHALL, BEST,BUSH, SEAN SMITH AND ALL FOR MORE PERSONAL REASONS THAN TALENT. THEY ALL HAPPEN TO BE BLACK!! NOW SHERMAN'S PLAY CALLING IS DESIGNED TO MAKE THEM LOOK BAD INSTEAD OF PRODUCING.. 3RD&.5 INCH CALLING A DUMB ASS SWEEP.GOING AN ENTIRE GAME AND CANNOT GET THE BALL TO THE FASTEST WR IN THE LEAGUE ?? REFUSING TO GO GET LINEMEN TO PROTECT TANNEHILL JUST AS LAST YEAR YOU REFUSE TO GET GOOD WR? SEE MY POINT? PROBABLY NOT BECAUSE YOU HATERS HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM" THEY MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY". GO FINS WIN ANYWAY DESPITE THE RACISM!!

Bill,


Key Word being "wanted"....im pretty sure with the way their season has gone, Wallace wouldn't add much to that team being complete, besides they still have a QB of their own to worry about.....

Kris is right, although I have much doubt in saying Wallace is a PROVEN commodity other than being fast....

Justin Blackmon: 19 rec 326 yds 17.2
Mike Wallace: 22 rec 281 yds 12.8 avg

Blackmon was suspended the first 4 games

T int has 18 picks in 21 games eh?

Posted by: Ape Tamer | October 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Not even Henne was that bad. Add in Tanny's fumbles and sacks and he's friggin pathetic.

TK...

Love the passion...and you make some good points about the FINS being improved...despite all the rest...

Hoipe the allegations of racisim are unfounded tho....but I do understand your right to your perception...

TK Swann,

Albert + Sean Smith + Fasano = Undefeated

TK you are the only racist on here...nobody has spewed more racism than you just did in that rant. The Dolphins are 90% black! The Black players get paid handsomely. The only players "let go" as you rant were due to disciplinary issues. You rant by definition is racist in and of itself.....BTW I'm a proud African American! (i'm not really bill arnsparger he an ole white man!!)

Speaking of racism:

Why does mando get laid off for 2 months every year?

If Tannehill has another bad game he'll get booed off the field like Henne did....

TK.....its called a debate and people who generally lash out in all CAPS are usually more prone to over-reactions like the one you just posted...

Chill the hell out already...Just Sayin!!!!

TK.....its called a debate and people who generally lash out in all CAPS are usually more prone to over-reactions like the one you just posted...

Chill the hell out already...Just Sayin!!!!

Ireland developed the racist reputation over the Dez Bryant debacle.

superPHIN....

I admit...I am a bit biased tward Wallace...and less so tward Tanne....

Wallace averaged 8 TD before coming here...and of course....one he gets here...the FINS have no idea how to get him the ball....much like...Marshall and Bush....

I am beginning to think we are a creative OC away from being good...maybe I should lighten up on Tanne a b it...

If Russel Wilson were a Dolphin he would suck.

I'm most likely older than most in here. I remember racism. I lived it. I had to sit at different counter in coffee shop, ride back of the bus and use a different water fountain. I remember my family being afraid of the punks in white hoods. A player gets cut and this is racism. People like this do not realize that by accusing racism every chance they get they actually demean the real racism that still exist today. It is to the point that when you accuse something or someone of being racist it has no affect. I ask what racism has today's generation actually experienced?

Kris,

I haven't been a big fan of Sherman since he's been here that's for sure....however when you have a bad 0-line and non existant run game, its hard to be creative in playcalling so you have to factor that in as well....

Wallace is a poor mans Brandon Marshall.

Russel Wilson would put the Dolphins in the SB. And he doesnt need an OL.

superPhin,
At Texas A&M Tanne played behind the best Oline in the country and got mike Sherman fired the one season that he started.
It's not the O-line.

Just look how Texas A&M improved dramatically as soon as TanneBust left.

superPHIN...

I'll buy that....but @ the same time...the coaching staff (along with the GM) decided these were they players they wanted....

so "you dance with the one that brought you"...

Its Sherman's (Philbin's) job to make it work...imo...

They can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results...

but...

on the bright side...we are 3-2...with a very good chance to be 4-2 by 3 PM CST...


Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | October 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM

well, having possibly one the worst olines in nfl history isn't doing anybody on offense any favors either...I wasn't saying it was all on the oline but they certainly deserve some of the credit for how poorly they played, as well as tannehill...just sayin!!!

I'm out men...

enjoy the game....

GO FINS!!!!

kris

agreed and factor how some thought in the beginning of the season this team wouldn't be 500 or better at the bye looking at their schedule with all the problems they have had....I'd say that's pretty positive shocking result considering that....

The same people blamed the OL for Henne's poor performance also. They were wrong then too.

was that offensive line on a record pace to give up as many sacks as this one too???!!!

yet were still 3-2 going into the 2nd qtr...cant just look at the glass half empty every time you want to assign blame only to the QB too....

do we blame our recievers for every drop pass or for our running backs finding no holes in a defense....just sayin!!!

Dr Canosa what did you make of Wallace mental health from that interview mentioned in your 2:53PM post.

Looking forward to the game tomorrow....

...and here are my game keys..

..Looking for some two TE sets...looking for RB screens , as well as one or two WR screens...

.....Will be very surprised , and disappointed if our O-lineup is the same front five with no TE support..

...Looking for Dimitri Patterson to make a difference , pressuring the ball ...

....Hoping we abandon previous attempts on kick-offs to finesse the ball to the goal line, and resume having Sturgis deposit it beyond the end zone...our D is good enough to have the opponent start each drive, after we score, on the 20 and keep them on their side of the 50....field position is most important when the D is more adept at stopping, than our O is at scoring ...

...Looking for our "gunners" to take full advantage of Fielder's hang time and distance, by 'breaking down' their rate of speed , instead of running past the punt receiver, having no apparent affect on the play whatsoever...

...Needing the tacklers on Defense to temporarily forget all that emphasis on grabbing footballs at the expense of failing to grab the ballcarrier....

...Hoping our secondary doesn't underestimate Thad Lewis' ability, and willingness, to throw the deep ball...and he is very accurate with it...

...Needing THill to utilize some designed roll-outs, and at least one QB draw...even if these don't work..at least they'll have the Bills D thinking about something besides that one spot at which he is ALWAYS standing on passing downs...

...looking for Wallace to have the breakout game his salary demands....

...Finally, on Coaching....MUST see some difference in scheming from the last two losing efforts...this would indicate a divergence from the rigidity in approach and attitude exhibited to date....

...Conclusion...when something isn't broke you leave it alone.....when something isn't working the way you expected....you fix it!!!

PREDICTION: Dolphins 27-24 in a squeaker!!!!!

GO FINS!!! JUST WIN!!!!!

We have seen quaterbacks come and go. We have seen coaches come and go. We have seen players, both good and bad, come and go. But one thing remains constant in this organization, year after loosing year, Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland. It has been an inconsistent nightmare. Think about that. This team needs to make itself once again that proud, winning, elite caliber of a team it once was many years ago. This is the time now because one more loosing season, and change from the top MUST occur in order for this team to remain in Miami.

"Keys to the game"
Score more points than the Bills.
Where is Brad the Booger when we need him?
I'd like to see FIRELAND on the unemployment line on Monday.

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