Looking just at the records of the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills heading into their matchup in week seven of the 2013 NFL season, the Dolphins have the clear advantage. Coming off of their bye in week six, the Dolphins have a solid 3-2 record and are in contention for a playoff sport. Contrarily, the Bills are without their starting quarterback in E.J. Manuel and have a paltry 2-4 record.
Throwing records aside, though, the Dolphins have a tough matchup against the Bills. Their defense is healthier than it has been in quite a while and should look closer to the effective unit we expected them to be coming into the season for this game. However, the Dolphins’ offense might have a harder time getting going.
Buffalo’s defense hasn’t been a force that has won them games or anything this season, but there’s no denying the talent they have on that side of the ball. With their front seven boasting names like Kyle Williams, Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus, the Bills defense has the ability to get to get into the backfield and cause problems.
Against this Dolphins team, there are problems to be caused. Miami’s offensive line has been one of their glaring weaknesses this season and has caused them a number of issues. They have allowed 24 sacks this season and haven’t been able to get their running game going consistently.
One of the biggest areas of weakness is at the tackles, a position where Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo have been dealing with injuries. With Mario Williams tied for third in the league in sacks, having eight on the season, the Dolphins tackles will have to be on their game to avoid a plethora of bad things from happening. If Miami wants to avoid being upset by the Bills, containing the Bills front seven is going to be the most important part of their game-plan.