Bills vs Dolphins NFL Week 7: Predicting the matchups

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins host the Buffalo Buffalo Bills in the South Florida team's first AFC East contest of the season. Who has the upper hand in today's game? We take a look at the matchups this morning.

After sitting out last week thanks to their bye week, the Miami Dolphins get back into action this afternoon with a contest against their AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills. Which team had the advantage? We take a look at the different matchups to get an idea.

Matchup Advantage Remarks
Dolphins passing offense vs. Buffalo pass defense EVEN

Dolphins pass offense: 15
Bills pass defense: 22

Buffalo struggles against the pass, unless they can get to the quarterback. The Dolphins pass well, unless they allow Ryan Tannehill to be sacked. Unfortunately for Miami, and Tannehill, they've allowed him to be sacked 24 times this year. Buffalo has gotten to opposing quarterbacks 21 times this season. The Dolphins probably have the edge here, but until they prove they can pass block, a team with Mario Williams playing like the Houston Texans' Mario Williams, will at least get back to even.

Dolphins rushing offense vs. Buffalo run defense Buf_tiny_medium

Dolphins rush offense: 29
Bills rush defense: 28

Buffalo cannot stop the run, but the Dolphins don't run. Miami might be able to establish the running game this week, but they have not made any indication that they even want to run the ball. For that reason, Buffalo has to have the advantage.

Bills passing offense vs. Miami pass defense Mia_tiny_medium

Bills pass offense: 28
Dolphins pass defense: 27

Taddeus Lewis is making his second start of the year, and third of his career, having been promoted from the practice squad for Buffalo two weeks ago. He played well last week, but the Dolphins' defense has gotten healthy over the bye week, and they will be looking to attack the young quarterback. That gives them the edge.

Bills rushing offense vs. Miami run defense Buf_tiny_medium

Bills rush offense: 3
Dolphins rush defense: 15

Miami's run defense should be better than 15th in the league. Paul Soliai clogs up the middle of the offensive line, and the rest of the defense should then be able to stop opposing runners. But, they don't. And, now, with starting linebacker Dannell Ellerbe likely missing the game, it could be even worse. Buffalo comes into the game third in the league with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson simply running wild this year. Buffalo has the advantage.

Dolphins special teams vs. Buffalo special teams Mia_tiny_medium

Welcome back to the preseason kicking battle, with Dan Carpenter and Caleb Sturgis squaring off this week. They have both been good this year, eaech missing just one field goal. The difference between the two teams comes down to one thing: Brandon Fields.

Prediction:

This game is probably going to be closer than expected. It usually is between the Bills and Dolphins. However, Miami is the better team at this point, with the more established quarterback. Miami should be the first team this year to hold Buffalo below 20 points. Final: Dolphins 24-16.

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