The Buffalo Bills will square off against one of their most heated division Rivals on week four, the Miami Dolphins. Two years ago the Bills won both match-ups, last year we lost both. This year’s match-up posses a challenge beyond Miami’s personnel, it will become a battle of clock management.
Buffalo running a no-huddle offense tends to give less time for the offense and forces them to play more defense. The Wild Cat formation deployed by the Dolphins tends to be run heavy, creating longer drives and more time off the clock.
If you watched last night’s performance between Miami and Indianapolis, it should be a good indicator what could happen to the Bills. Something to note about last night as well is that Indi has a lot more practice with the no-huddle and is managed by Payton Manning, who is arguably one of the best QB’s and game managers of all time.
Indianapolis may have won the game, but it was not easy and it was due to late game heroics. I for one do not want our game to come down to this type of scenario. Indi only had possession of the ball for 14:53 minutes, the least amount of time in a win since 1970 something.
How do we stop this from happening to us?
Last week against the Bucs we were very balanced on offense and were able to control the clock much better than we did against the Patriots, this needs to continue. The bills will also have Lynch returning for this game, this should further fortify the run game and hopfully control the game and the clock.
The Wild Cat does not always work but from watching last night when it does, it can cause problems for teams and most importantly teams that run a quicker less time consuming offense.
These two opposing schemes will be fun to watch, as long as buffalo can be stout on defense and pull out a win.