When the Buffalo Bills take on the Miami Dolphins

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When the Buffalo Bills take on the Miami Dolphins

Postby liny195 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:20 am

this week at New Era Field Vontae Davis Jerseys 2019 , both teams will play merely for pride. The Bills (5-10) have been eliminated for weeks now, and the Dolphins (7-8) were officially eliminated last week. This is the second consecutive year that the teams have met in the final week of the season.If your fantasy football league is one that plays a two-week championship round, or it’s one that plays a winner-take-all game in a wild Week 17, you may find yourself scrambling to replace players that have taken you to this point in your fantasy season. In that case, a game that would normally be ignored for fantasy purposes, like this one, could become the key to winning your league.With that in mind, here are some Bills players who have a chance to help you capture fantasy football glory in the final week of the season.QB Josh AllenWe’ve been saying this for weeks now, but Allen is a great quarterback to have in a Week 17 championship game. He’s not going to leave the game unless injured, he has torn up the league for the better part of the last month (from a fantasy football perspective, that is), and he’s the leader of your favorite NFL team. What negative is there? Last week’s ugly performance against the New England Patriots was fairly easy to predict, as no rookie quarterback has done well against Bill Belichick’s stop unit during his New England tenure. The last time Buffalo met Miami, Allen threw for 231 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and a two-point conversion; he added 135 rushing yards on nine carries. He scored a season-high 30.74 fantasy points. Against a Miami team that may be looking at huge changes this off-season, Allen should be able to have another strong outing.RB LeSean McCoySpeculation about the potential Hall of Fame running back’s future with the Bills has already begun, thanks to both a terrible season from the veteran and a clear shift towards younger players by Sean McDermott and company. Barring a record-setting day, McCoy will set career lows in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns Youth Tre’Davious White Jersey , and rushing yards per attempt. Coming into the game, McCoy has rushed 151 times for 488 yards (3.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. So, why risk playing him in Week 17? McDermott noted his commitment to McCoy earlier this week, saying that he sees the veteran rusher as part of Buffalo’s future plans. If this is truly the case, then the Bills will almost certainly want McCoy to end the season on a high note, both for his own confidence and the team’s confidence moving forward. Another possibility is that the Bills will want to show the league that McCoy still has something left in the tank for potential suitors in the off-season. Either way, it’s in Buffalo’s best interest to give their veteran running back some opportunities to salvage a lost season this weekend. Buffalo D/STMiami quarterback Ryan Tannehill had one of the best performances of his career against the Bills the last time these two met, throwing for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the 21-17 Dolphins victory. If those numbers don’t seem too impressive, it’s because Tannehill has struggled for the better part of his career against Buffalo, completing 58.9% of his passes for 1,973 yards, 15 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in ten games against the Bills. He’s been sacked 31 times against Buffalo, and he’s also fumbled six times in those games. After Buffalo’s pathetic output against the Patriots’ rushing attack last week, the Bills will almost definitely be prepared to stop the run in this one. If Tannehill is forced to beat them, expect Pro Bowl snub Jordan Poyer to intercept at least one pass in the season finale.Road map to a Buffalo Bills victory over the Minnesota Vikings Today is September 23, and the Buffalo Bills are about to play their third game of the 2018 regular season. It is depressingly early in the NFL’s calendar year to be reading about your favorite team being in a re-building year, but after consecutive blowout losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers to start the season, that’s where we are today as Bills fans.Even though the Bills are clearly going to be taking a step or two (or ten) backward after reaching the playoffs a season ago, that doesn’t mean that they have to have their asses handed to them every Sunday. Playing a competitive football game is certainly within this team’s grasp, and it can happen even in a minimal-expectations game like the one they’ll be playing this afternoon against the Minnesota Vikings Tre’Davious White Jersey Stitched , where they are widely expected to lose.They just need to take care of the basics.Start hotEven last year, when they snuck into the post-season for the first time in 17 years, the Bills were not a team that functioned well when playing from behind. That’s going to be doubly true this season, with a rookie quarterback under center.If the Bills are going to start playing competitively, they’re going to have to completely change how they’ve been playing early in games so far this season. In the first quarter of the Ravens and Chargers games combined, the Bills were outscored 28-0. In the first halves of those two games combined, they were outscored 54-6.Every team in the NFL wants to start hot in a given game, but for the Bills, it’s on their must-accomplish list if they’d like a shot at winning a game in the fourth quarter.Win the turnover battleBuffalo forced 25 turnovers and finished with a plus-9 turnover differential in the 2017 season, the latter figure being good for the seventh-best turnover differential in the league. This was a major factor in the 9-7 Bills’ playoff appearance.Today, the Bills have a minus-3 turnover differential, with the team’s defense having forced just one turnover in the first two weeks of the season. There have been many opportunities for the Bills to capitalize on opponent mistakes, particularly in the realm of fumble recoveries, and they’ve not been able to close the deal. If the Bills are finally able to flip the script in this category, they’ll look a lot more like the Bills team we saw a year ago.Avoid penaltiesThrough two games, the Bills have committed 16 penalties for 131 yards against themselves. They’re not the most-penalized team in the league at the moment, but their margin of error is so slim that averaging eight penalties per game is untenable.By comparison, the Bills averaged six penalties per game during the 2017 season; a 25-percent increase in that figure is obviously not something the Bills should be happy with. If they’re going to continue to take penalties, it would be nice if a few of them didn’t negate big plays and first downs, as well.Win field positionAccording to Football Outsiders’ drive stats, Buffalo’s offense has enjoyed an average starting field position of the 28.92-yard line so far in 2018 White Star Lotulelei Jerseys , good for the 13th-best average drive start in the league. That may largely be the function of the Bills’ offense taking the ball after opponents score touchdowns, however.It’s Buffalo’s defense that has been put at a massive disadvantage in this category. Through two weeks, Bills opponents have begun their offensive possessions, on average, at the 37.56-yard line. That’s the worst average starting field position for a defense in the NFL so far this season. Add in disadvantageous time of possession thanks to the offense’s inability to extend drives, and it’s no wonder that Buffalo’s defense has been massively disappointing so far this season: they’re not playing well, but they haven’t had any help from the rest of the team, either.Run and stop the runPlaying from a deep hole on the scoreboard every week doesn’t help this stat, naturally, but Buffalo’s offense is averaging just 83.5 rushing yards per game through two weeks. That’s a huge departure from the last few years, when the Bills were consistently one of the best rushing teams in the NFL. The Bills have to find a way to run the ball more efficiently, a task that will be harder with LeSean McCoy operating at less than 100 percent (if he’s operating at all).Defensively, the Bills are giving up 113 rushing yards per game. They have bigger fish to fry - namely, their pass defense - and the circumstances of the first two weeks have likely padded that statistic a bit. (The 113 yard average ranks 22nd in the NFL, but the 3.8 yards per rush allowed ranks 12th.) In a closer game, the Bills’ run defense might look significantly better than it has so far this year.It doesn’t take much to play a competitive football game in the NFL, even when a team lacks the talent to do so consistently. If the Bills are able to knock out most or all of the basics from above, they’ll play with anyone - even in a so-called hopeless matchup like their game today in Minnesota.
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