Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins Matchup Preview (9/19/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins Matchup Preview (9/19/21)
The Week 2 slate of NFL games promises tons of action. There are going to be plenty of divisional battles throughout, such as the New York Giants squaring off against the Washington Football Team, the Atlanta Falcons visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Carolina Panthers hosting the New Orleans Saints. However, one of the most interesting divisional games looks to be the Buffalo Bills traveling to Miami to take on the Dolphins. The teams opened the 2021 NFL season in very different ways, with the Bills losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami pulling off a close win against the New England Patriots.
The Bills dominated the Dolphins in two games last year, averaging 34 points a game on the way to a deep playoff run, while the Miami Dolphins missed the playoffs at 10-6. However, a lot can change in a busy offseason, and it will be interesting to see how these two teams match up. Here’s what to look for when the Miami Dolphins take on the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins Betting Corner
There are two ways to look at the Bills uncharacteristic start. One could say it’s a team with too high of expectations unable to deal with the pressure. Another could see it as Josh Allen and company shaking off the cobwebs in a flukey loss. I choose to believe the latter. Allen was very successful against the Dolphins defense last year, with 458 yards and 5 TDs through the air, no picks, and another TD on the ground.
If the Bills offense gets rolling this Sunday, the Dolphins are going to need their own offense to keep up. Tagovailoa is averaging 183 yards and about a touchdown a game. He’ll need to start channeling his Alabama self to duel with last year’s top AFC East quarterback. The running game needs to give him some help, after ranking 22nd in rush offense last year and managing only 74 yards on the ground last Sunday.
This won’t be a total blowout, but you can expect the Buffalo offense to get some shots in early to shake off last week. The Dolphins will score as well, but it will be too little too late, as they hit over the point total on a garbage time score. Nobody likes a 3.5 point line, but this is one you can feel confident in. Lay the points with Buffalo, bet the over, and watch the Bills cruise to their first victory of the season
Best Bet: Buffalo -3.5 and over 48.5
My predictions: Buffalo wins 30-21, Buffalo -3.5, over 48.5
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Date: Sunday, September 19
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida (FI)
TV Coverage: Fox (FOX)
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Buffalo Bills: DT Star Lotulelei (calf) Q, WR Marquez Stephenson (head) IR RB Christian Wade (shoulder) O, DE Bryan Cox Jr. (Achilles) IR
Miami Dolphins: WR Preston Williams (foot) Q DT Raekwon Davis (knee) IR, T Larnel Coleman (knee) IR, WR Allen Hurns (wrist) IR, WR Lynn Bowden Jr. (hamstring) IR
Buffalo Bills Analysis
The Bills came into this season with high hopes. After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship, the team expected to start off guns blazing. Unfortunately, that positive energy took a hit with a Week 1 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Buffalo lost 23-16 at home, scoring well below their 31.3 points per game from last season.
So much of the 2021 season seems to hinge on quarterback Josh Allen, who made a major leap last year with over 4,500 yards and 37 TDs along with 8 rushing touchdowns. Allen’s numbers against the Steelers weren’t bad on paper, with the QB passing for 270 yards and a touchdown, along with 44 yards on the ground. However, he also lost a fumble during the game. With a huge offseason contract comes higher expectations, and Allen has to consistently perform in an offense built for his abilities for his team to win.
While the Bills offense is their strong suit, the defense is supposed to be at least adequate enough to keep them in games. That wasn’t exactly the case on Sunday, with the team allowing 20 unanswered second-half points. To be fair, the defense at least kept Ben Roethlisberger down to 5.8 yards per attempt and held hyped rookie Najee Harris to an average of 2.8 yards. However, they’re going to have to be more consistent throughout the game, as most of the Steelers yards came in the second half.
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Miami Dolphins Analysis
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores currently has a 16-17 record with the team and is getting more respect each year. However, there are a few things he and the Fins need to do to take the next step. The offense is still in question, and for good reason. The Dolphins were outgained by 134 yards in Week 1 and were a dismal 4 for 11 on 3rd down. In a league increasingly focused on offense, they’ve got to step it up.
Much pressure is put on Tua Tagovailoa, but he still has yet to silence his doubters. Tagovailoa got extra help in the offseason with the addition of first-round WR Jaylen Waddle. Still, he barely hit 200 yards passing on Sunday, which won’t work every week in the modern NFL. Until he picks things up, the Dolphins will have to live with the fact they chose Tua over last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert.
Although the defense led the league in interceptions last year, they didn’t pick off New England rookie Mac Jones once. The Fins ended the game without a sack either, despite amassing 41 in 2020. They did grab two fumbles in the game, including a crucial red zone pickup that won them the game. But if they’re going to slow down some of the major AFC offenses, they’ll need to do more.
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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins Daily Fantasy Picks
When it comes to looking at this game through a DFS angle, this is a tough one to call for running backs. You can get Bills lead RB Devin Singletary for just $4,900 on DraftKings, cheaper than RBs with fewer fantasy points such as Tony Pollard and Leonard Fournette. However, both of Singletary’s backups are listed only a few hundred dollars behind, meaning all three backs will share the ball a bit. Instead, consider Miami lead back Myles Gaskin at $5,900.
Josh Allen is listed at $7,200 on DraftKings, $1,000 less than current top DFS QB Kylar Murray. The major value comes if Allen gets a score on the ground and gets the offense rolling. Even at just $5,500, Tua Tagovailoa is a stay away until we see more from him. While WR Stefon Diggs is $7,700 on DraftKings, you can get more value with Dolphins WR DeVante Parker for just $5,500, who only got a few points less than Diggs last week.
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