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Week 7: Dolphins at Jaguars
Last year we suffered some really bad losses. None were more stinging than the final two against the Bills and Jets where 1 win puts Miami in the playoffs. If you look at last year's schedule, Miami played some really good teams and beat them. Then they played some really bad teams and lost. The personality of last year's team was Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. So before we crown them AFC East Champs, we might want to get a flavor of what team Miami has this year. Is it the same as last year? Each week will tell us a little bit more about this team. Next up? The Buffalo Bills in Buffalo...a place Miami has traditionally failed in.
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I watched the Bills beat Chicago yesterday on NFL.com It was a very good win for the Bills. Ironically, I could've put Dolphins Uniforms on them and not realized I was watching the Bills. The teams are very close in ability. Manuel is young and throws an accurate short range pass. As a matter of fact his 16 of 22 outting against Chicago only had 1 mistake. RT was 18-32 last week. So when I see reports giving the QB edge to the Bills, I have to lend it some credence until RT earns it. RB.... Moreno and Miller are probably slightly better than the Bills Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller. But not enough to sway a win. The OL's both dominated their respective opponents. The Bills got a few more long runs and the Dolphins were a little more consistent. The WR's were solid, yet unspectacular. The front 4 on defense for both teams created havoc. The LB's were active and adequate. In the secondary, Miami has a more seasoned, experienced secondary, but the Bills came up with two INTs. ST's... solid punters, good kickers, excellent coverage teams.... yes pretty much a wash with maybe a slight edge to Buffalo.
So really this simply boils down to who gets it done on the field. If Miami takes this young Bills team lightly, they will be punished. Their win against Chicago on the road was every bit as impressive as Miami's win against NE at home. We're not giving Manuel his props but he did look good in Chicago. He was hitting guys on the fly, short range and letting them do the work. So here's how I see where the difference might be. The defensive fronts. If both dominate again, it will be up to the QB who does better under pressure. Manuel has his legs but the one errant throw came while under duress. RT seems to throw well under pressure. Quick decisions are going to win the day. The team that can put together a running game, or any semblence of one, will have a distinct advantage. Finally, turnovers will probably end up deciding who wins and who loses. If Miami coughs it up 3 times in one half on the road, it wlll be lights out. In any case, it is a game for first place, albeit early in the season. The team that goes 2-0 will certainly be looking good. It will be another fun game and Miami will find out a little more about its new OL this week.
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