5 things that can help the Miami Dolphins beat Buffalo on Sunday

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Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami Dolphins can’t control the weather but they can make it harder for visiting teams.

The Bills will come off a short week as they played Monday night against the Titans. The Titans didn’t do much to wear the Bills out so I wouldn’t put too much stock in the short-week theory. The Bills cruised to an easy blowout win and Allen was replaced late by Case Keenum.

What will help the Dolphins is something they have no control over at all, the weather. The Dolphins practiced well this year in the South Florida heat, the Bills did not. We saw the Patriots wither in week one when temperatures approached the high-90s. The on-field “feels-like” temperature was over 100 degrees.

The heat could help give Miami a slight edge but we can’t pretend that it is a game changer. The last two trips by the Bills to Miami came in September. Last year, the Bills beat Miami in week 2, 35-0, and the year before they came to Miami on September 20th and won 31-28.

What Miami has to do is pound the Bills offensively and control the game on defense. Miami needs to do what they have yet to do in the last seven games, physically dominate and wear them out from start to finish. If Miami can play physically, the heat will take its toll in the 4th quarter when players start to cramp.

Early weather predictions for Sunday include a high of 86 and are mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of rain. Torrential rain in Miami is not uncommon and two things could happen if it rains. It could take the passing game away from both teams and then when it clears, the heat will rise considerably with high humidity. Both are areas that Miami can attempt to use to its advantage.