Bills vs. Dolphins NFL Week 7: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Weather: High 87, Low 76
Line: Miami (-8.5)
The Miami Dolphins began the season as one of the most surprising teams in the league. Sitting at 3-2 and in second place in the AFC East after two consecutive losses is a good place to be, but the Dolphins are trying not to be okay with losing consecutive games. Ryan Tannehill has been solid in his second year as quarterback for the Dolphins, passing for 1,383 yards and six touchdowns, silencing many critics who didn’t believe he could be a solid NFL quarterback. The second-year quarterback has spread the ball around nicely, completing at least 22 passes to the top-four receivers on the team. Brian Hartline leads all receivers with 25 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Wallace was brought in to be the top wide out, but is the fourth-leading receiver with 22 catches for 281 yards and a touchdown.
Losing their first-round draft pick and starting quarterback in a week five loss, the Buffalo Bills will be moving forward in the next couple of weeks without EJ Manuel. Thaddeus Lewis has taken over at the quarterback position in his place, but it’s hard to replace a guy who was such a leader as a rookie and passed for 985 yards and five scores in four full games and limited time in the fifth game. The Bills will have to rely heavily on their third-ranked rushing attack with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson combining for 695 yards and five touchdowns on the year. These two will have to lead this team to victory, especially if Lewis is too injured to play in week seven.
Defensively, the Bills have been a struggling unit in 2013. Ranking near the bottom of the league in nearly every defensive category doesn’t bode well against the Dolphins. In fact, they have allowed the sixth-most yards per game in the league this season. The Dolphins haven’t been much better, allowing the eighth-most yards per game in the league as well as running out the sixth-worst passing defense in the league this season.
PREDICTION: Bills 17, Dolphins 27