Bills vs. Dolphins Could Be A Very Ugly Affair

The Buffalo Bills will hit the practice field this afternoon to begin preparations for Sunday's must-win game against the host Miami Dolphins. If last season serves as any indication, we could be in for an ugly game this weekend.

The two teams' Week 1 matchup a year ago is almost totally irrelevant from Buffalo's standpoint, because that game featured an offense boasting Trent Edwards, Lee Evans and Marshawn Lynch. (Whoa.) The Bills lost that stinker 15-10 in Chan Gailey's first game as head coach. Buffalo managed just 189 yards of offense in defeat, while the Dolphins ran for 132 yards and a touchdown - just enough to eke out a win.

Things weren't much better in Week 15, when the Bills won 17-14 in Miami thanks largely to five - yes, five - missed field goals from Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter.

That's a combined score of 29-27 in favor of Miami, folks. That'd be one entertaining game of football; instead, it was two competitive-yet-difficult-to-watch games from a year ago. In that second matchup, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two pretty touchdown passes, while the Dolphins could only manage 65 rushing yards against the Bills' league-worst run defense. Yet Miami was still in the game, but Carpenter blew it with a Mark Sanchez-esque day kicking the football.

How ugly was it for Buffalo? Their ill-advised attempt to run a Pistol formation in Week 1 brought about very little production, and they barely squeaked by in the second matchup despite looking like an actual football team that day. How ugly was it for Miami? If five missed field goals isn't enough, here's another stat: in the two games, the Bills recorded six of their 27 sacks last year. That's six sacks in two games, then 21 in the other 14. Buffalo literally doubled its per-game sack rate against Miami.

This year, Miami is 2-7, though they have won two straight (against Kansas City and Washington) after an 0-7 start. The team has found ways to use Reggie Bush effectively, and are getting good game management out of Matt Moore, but we're still talking about a last-place football team that's confident after beating two teams that Buffalo beat by a combined score of 64-7. To call Buffalo's performances in the last two weeks "ugly" might be a compliment.

If you're setting expectations for this weekend, expect an ugly game. I don't think there's a Bills fan out there right now that wouldn't take an ugly win, however.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker