Two AFC rivals that were labelled as defensive juggernauts coming into the season still haven’t met the high expectations. Will the Bills or the Dolphins right their ship in week 3? The NFL week 4 betting odds have Miami as 2.5-point favorites over Buffalo.
”The plan has to be better on defense,” said Bills coach Rex Ryan, whose team had only four passes defended last week after recording 12 in beating Indianapolis. “You can’t give up 500 yards and beat anyone.”
A Closer Look At The Buffalo Bills Vs Miami Dolphins NFL Week 3 Odds & My Final Score Prediction
What: Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-1)
When: Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Miami, FL
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Weather: 88° F/Storms
Spread: Dolphins -2.5
Moneyline: Buffalo +120 vs Miami -140
Game Total: 43.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Buffalo vs Miami
Why Bet On Buffalo to Beat Miami (-2.5)
It’s a bad week to be on the Bill’s bad side.
For most of their Week 2 loss to New England, Buffalo looked terrible. The Bills could do nothing on offense. Then, the fourth quarter arrived and Buffalo performed a close to amazing comeback.
The Bills scored on a 32 yard touchdown. The Bills scored on a 7 yard TD run by QB Tyrod Taylor. The Bills scored on a 24 yard pass from Taylor to Sammy Watkins, which put the Bills to within 5 points. New England’s Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal with 1:15 left, which is why the score ended up New England 40 and Buffalo 32.
In the fourth quarter, Buffalo played as well as it has in years on both offense and defense. The offense averages a stunning 153.5 yards per game on the ground. The passing game only averages 192, but expect Rex Ryan to open up the passing game a bit more in this one since Taylor showed what he’s capable of when given more reign. If Buffalo comes out swinging on offense, they could put Miami in an early hole in this matchup.
Why Bet On Miami (-2.5) to Beat Buffalo
Miami and Ndamukong need to get on the same page.
Miami’s defense was supposed to be upgraded by a wide margin after the team signed Ndamukong Suh to a crazy contract during the off-season. Suh was supposed to help the Dolphins get to the quarterback and stuff the run. Miami is definitely not stuffing the run.
The Dolphins are ranked third in the NFL in run defense. Miami allows opposing teams to rush for 142 yards per game on average. That ranks the Dolphins twenty-seventh against the rush. Miami is not going to beat anybody with their defense.
What it means is that they have to win games with their offense. So far, QB Ryan Tannehill and the offense have been trying. It failed versus Jacksonville last week, but who thought that the D would give up 23 points to the Jags offense?
In Week 3, Tannehill could expose Buffalo’s defense the way that Tom Brady did. Brady completed 38 of 59 pass attempts for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns versus the Bills’ D. Tannehill is not Tom Brady and he doesn’t have Rob Gronkowski. So far this season, he’s been very good, though. Tannehill has thrown for 585 yards and 3 touchdowns. He hasn’t thrown an interception and he’s completing 66.7% of his passes.
But, even if Tannehill and the offense are humming along, the Dolphins can’t stop the run. They’re in danger of going 1 and 2 on the season. My final score prediction is Buffalo 33, Miami 24.