The Buffalo Bills, to the surprise of many around the NFL, have won four straight games and are looking like a legitimate playoff contender. The Bills hope to make it five wins in a row this Sunday when they play their AFC East rivals the Miami Dolphins in Week 7. Most people were ready to write off the Dolphins after a 1-4 start, but that changed after a win last week over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was equal parts shocking and impressive.
The Bills and Dolphins are two are bitter rivals that almost always play a competitive game against one another, regardless of each team’s record. The fact that both teams have several players who have played on both sides of the rivalry only heightens the intensity for what is an important game for both teams. Here are five bold predictions for what to expect Sunday when the Buffalo Bills play the Miami Dolphins.
Mario Williams Has Quiet Day
Williams spent the last four seasons with the Bills, and on Sunday, he will be playing against his former team for the first time since being released by the Bills during the offseason. He tells NBC Sports that he has no extra motivation playing against the Bills, but it’s hard to believe that’s true after the way he left Buffalo. Williams will certainly be eager to show the Bills what they’re missing. Unfortunately, those hopes won’t come to fruition for him. Williams has just one sack on the year, and he played just 13 snaps last week against the Steelers, as his first season in Miami is not going as well as he hoped. The Bills won’t have to worry too much about Williams hurting them this week.
Mike Gillislee Steps Up
The Bills may have lost starting running back LaSean McCoy to a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on Wednesday. CBS Sports is reporting that McCoy did not practice on Thursday, so his availability for Sunday is in doubt.
However, Buffalo doesn’t have to worry too much, as Gillislee is a capable backup if McCoy can’t play. Granted, Gillislee has just 70 career carries in three NFL seasons, but he’s a well-rounded running back who just needs an opportunity to show what he can do. He had six carries for 61 yards and a touchdown last week, and if Gillislee carries the ball 15 to 20 times against the Dolphins, the Bills will be in good hands.
Ryan Tannehill Plays His Worst Game Of The Season
Tannehill was most impressive last week against the Steelers. Despite not throwing a touchdown pass, he completed 75 percent of his passes and didn’t throw an interception for just the second time this year. Naturally, he’ll come crashing back to Earth this week. With Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander, the Bills have two outside pass rushers who will put all kinds of pressure on Tannehill, forcing him to take three sacks and throw at least two interceptions.
Charles Clay Scores Two Touchdowns
Clay is another player who has been on both sides of this rivalry, and he is poised to play an important role in Buffalo’s offense this week. Last year, when he played against the Dolphins for the first time, Clay caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. He’ll do even better in his return to Miami this time around, as the Miami defense has been hurt by tight ends on multiple occasions this year. When the Bills get into the red zone, Tyrod Taylor will be looking for Clay, who will end up scoring two touchdowns on Sunday against his former team.
Buffalo Bills Win 24-7
The Dolphins were impressive last week, but there’s nothing about their season that indicates they’ll be able to put together a performance like that two weeks in a row. Meanwhile, the Bills look like they could be real. The Buffalo defense has only given up more than 20 points once this season. Meanwhile, offensively, the Bills have scored at least 30 points in four of their six games. Even on the road against a bitter rival, the Bills will win comfortably, as Buffalo’s winning streak stretches to five games.
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