Miami Running Game Key To Winning Over Bills

This Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will square off against a much-improved Buffalo Bills team in Miami, the second meeting for the two this season.  As was the case with the 15-10 win week 1 over the Bills, the Miami rushing game must play well to be successful, while the offense as a whole must play balanced.  The Bills rushing defense is ranked dead last in the NFL, giving up 165.8 yards per game, while surprisingly their pass defense is ranked 4th.

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are coming off a combined 100-yard win against the New York Jets last week, helping the Fins escape a narrow victory, most of which is attributed to the Miami defense.  While the defense is playing great ball and improving weekly, Miami must rely on the running game to open up more than it did against the Jets.  Don’t expect for the Dolphins to leverage their passing game much either, with Brian Hartline out with a finger injury and Chad Henne coming off a horrendous 55-yard blunder.

Like the Cleveland Browns, the Bills are tough competitors losing 7 of their 10 losses by ten points or less, 3 of which were overtime losses to the top ranked Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.   Even though Fitzpatrick has looked alive coming off some high passing games (season high 382 against the Ravens), he is completing only 58 percent of his passes with an 85 percent passer rating.  To compare him to Henne, Fitzpatrick has a 10 percent higher passer rating, but Henne’s completion percentage is higher at roughly 62 percent.   The Miami D improved to 6th overall in passing defense and 7th overall in rushing defense and are playing much better than those numbers in their last stretch of games.  Buffalo leads the series against the Dolphins 10-9, while the Fins have won 3 of their last 5 matchups, winning the last 2.

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