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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The 1-0 Miami Dolphins travel to Buffalo to take on the 1-0 Bills in a AFC East battle. Miami is coming off a 33-20 win over the New England Patriots in Miami in a game in which the Dolphins out scored the Patriots 23-0 in the 2nd half. Buffalo is coming off an impressive 23-20 overtime win in Chicago over the Bears. The game is a 1:00 kickoff on CBS.
Buffalo comes into the game lead by 2nd year QB E.J Manuel out of Florida State. He has some nice weapons to work with in RB's Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller, and the Bills will want to come out and establish the run game to help take pressure off of Manuel. Rookie WR Sammy Watkins is part of a wide receiver corp that features Robert Woods and Mike Williams, while Scott Chandler is the featue tight ends for the Bills.
Defensively, the strength of the Buffalo Bills and the unit that dominated a poor Miami offensive line in 2013 is the defensive front, featuring DE Mario Williams, DT's Kyle Williams and Marcel Darius. They lead a solid defense that lost a key piece to this unit during the pre-season in Kiko Alonso. Former Patriot MLB Brandon Spikes leads the LB corp while CB's Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore lead the secondary.
The Dolphins offensively are lead by 3rd year QB Ryan Tannehill and feature a revamped running game lead by offseason signing RB Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller. The Dolphins also have a totally rebuilt offensive line and will feature WR's Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and TE Charles Clay.
Defensively, the Dolphins are lead by DE Cameron Wake and feature DE Vernon Olivier opposite Wake along with DT's Randy Starks, Jared Odrick and new Dolphin Earl Mitchell. The linebacker corps for Miami has been decimated by injuries, as the lost OLB Darnelle Ellerbe for the season and will be without Koa Misi for this game, as he hurt his ankle in the New England game. There some talk that Phillip Wheeler could play in this game, but that is in serious doubt as well. Jason Trusnik, Jelani Jenkins, Jonathan Freeny and undrafted free agent Chris McCain came in and did an admirable job filling in for the starters, and some will make the case that the linebacker play improved. The secondary features safety Louis Delmas and CB's Courtland Finnegan and Brent Grimes.
Keys for this game for the Dolphins offensively begins upfront in the trenches. The offensive line for the Dolphins struggled mightly in 2013, and no unit gave them more problems that the Bills front four. If this new, revamped offensivle line can continue to play well today against the Bills, the Dolphins can have success offensively. QB Ryan Tannehill had some issues with accuracy in the 1st half, but picked up his accuracy in the 2nd half, and he has to continue to improve from that standpoint. Miami will want to establish the run game and have balance.
Defensively, once again, the Dolphins will want to make the Bills one dimensional and put the game in 2nd year QB Manuel's hands. The Dolphins can't let Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller get off in the run game. If they do, then it opens up the offense for the Bills and takes pressure off a young QB that has not shown yet that he can win games passing the ball. The linebackers will be a big key in this game.
Miami can get off to not only a 2-0 start overall, but a 2-0 start in the division. They face a team that pretty much cost them a spot in the playoffs in 2013, and swept the Dolphins in 2013. I belive the Dolphins gain a bit of revenge today in Buffalo.
Let's GO Miami.