Tough loss, gutsy performance and time to move on to the next game.
In my opinion this is a playoff game for Miami. They have to win if they want a shot at the playoffs this year. Its probably going to take 10 wins, and Miami already has games in Denver and New England coming up. They cannot afford a home loss to the Bills.
As of today Miami is favored by 4 to win. That actually surprised me given Buffalo's improved play and their defense is a nightmare for Miami.
Buffalo comes to Miami with that defense which ranks 7th against the pass and 8th against the run. We all saw the fits they gave Tannehill and his protection in Week 2. Now subtract Brandon Albert...yikes. Leodis McKelvin fired the first shot by saying Buffalo will come in and beat Miami's derrieres. We shall see. The Bills sacked Alex Smith 6 TIMES yesterday and had 8 TFLs. They can still bring it.
Buffalo's offense succeeded with a decent ground game and a couple of crushing big plays. Manuel took advantage of some bad coverage and the elite skills of Sammy Watkins. Orton will be much smarter with the football and has been better than expected for the Bills. I'm hoping he doesn't have an Alex Smith type peformance where he looks to his RBs and TEs to pound Miami's LBs. The good news is that Kyle Orton is not Matt Stafford, and Sammy Watkins is not Calvin Johnson. Miami's defense should have an easier time containing them. The bad news is that Finnegan might not play and Jamar Taylor is a liability.
It is impossible to know how Miami's o-line will perform without Albert. I'm guessing it will look like:
LT James, LG Garner, C Satele, RG Pouncey, RT Thomas. I'd like to see Billy Turner get prepped to play.
Lamar Miller's shoulder is clearly bad and his snaps could be limited again. Daniel Thomas's fumble killed what clearly could have been Miami's chance to pick up early momentum in the 2nd half. I really hope Damien Williams gets more snaps if Miller cannot go.
I know everyone is frustrated by Tannehill's inability to connect with Wallace deep. That was evident again yesterday. But I'm seeing a guy who is growing, and while his game has some limitations he is becoming a smarter QB. Yesterday he took what was given to him and moved the ball against the league's best defense. I think he'll look much better on Thursday night than in Week 2 but don't expect him to A. Find success running the ball and B. Have time in the pocket to pick apart the secondary. Buffalo's DEs are too good and will contain him. It will have to be a gutsy, ugly performance for him.
Miami has responded well to adversity this year. Its a short week and each team is coming off of a dogfight. I doubt many guys will be feeling 100%. I expect Miami to play hard knowing what is on the line.
The Lions came out to win yesterday, and it was evident with the two fake-punts, early in the game. But, Dion Jordan really saved this game and it was the big momentum swing for us, and brought us back to life and put Detroit on its heals. We should be able to beat Buffalo at home, if we come out to play. This team needs to put a chip on its shoulder and come out fast and play with authority to win. Look what the Jets did to the Steelers.