What do you get when you pit two of the best offenses in the AFC? A “Game of the Week” alert as the Buffalo Bills pay a visit to Hard Rock Stadium in sunny Miami to play Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins on Sunday.
With both teams setting the AFC on fire with their initial performances, this is the kind of game that football fans live to see.
Between Josh Allen and Buffalo’s high-flying offense, and Miami’s highlight-reel style of play, we could be in for a game of the season candidate.
So, what will be the keys for each team to leave this AFC East matchup with a victory? Let’s get to breaking down the Bills vs. Dolphins in Week 3.
Miami Can Score, We Know That, But Can It Defend?
If football was a sport based solely on who can score the most points, Miami would be one of the best teams in the league.
After two weeks, QB Tua Tagovailoa alongside WRs Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle have taken over the top spots in the offensive stats.
If you look back on the Dolphins’ 42-38 win against Baltimore last week, Tagovailoa was 31 yards shy of 500 passing yards with 6 touchdowns.
And what about Hill and Waddle? 190 and 171 yards each with two touchdown catches along the way as well. Now, I might not be a genius when it comes to football, but those are some mean-looking stats.
Even after a performance like that, not everything is golden for Miami. While scoring 42 points can turn heads, getting 38 points scored on a team leaves a lot to wonder as well
Miami has been known for having one of the better defenses in the AFC, but against Baltimore, that statement fell flat. Yes, Baltimore’s offense is a strong unit, but it’s nowhere close to Buffalo’s.
Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs only needed two games to remind everyone they are the QB-WR duo nobody wants to face.
It doesn’t matter where Diggs is at on the field or how many players are covering him, he always finds a way to be open for Allen to sling the ball at him.
Even with Miami’s secondary working overtime in its coverage of Diggs, it will need to do much more if the Dolphins wish to score a win. Also, Miami’s front seven will need to play almost perfect, if not perfect football to contain Allen.
What Could a Win In Miami Mean For Buffalo?
As little or as much as you want to see it. Yes, it’s only Week 3, but divisional road wins take the prize as most important when wanting to score a strong playoff seeding.
It doesn’t take much to see that the AFC East will be a two-horse race between the Bills and Dolphins, which makes a win at Hard Rock Stadium a must for Buffalo.
QB Josh Allen is playing his best football. If he continues playing the way he is, all while leading Buffalo to win after win, there should be no doubting that he is a shoo-in for MVP.
Add to that the overall feeling surrounding the Bills, where it’s Super Bowl or bust this season, and it’s easy to understand why this team is playing such superb football.
Buffalo’s offense should thrive against Miami’s defense and secondary. But it will be its work on defense, shutting down Tagovailoa, and keeping Hill and Waddle on lock that will be the keys to a Bills win in Miami.
Bills or Dolphins?
There are conundrums in the world that require years of research to figure out. This is not one of them. The Bills are poised on making it to Super Bowl LVII and the road to Arizona requires a win in Miami to continue rolling, so go with the Bills to win here.