The Buffalo Bills steamrolled the Miami Dolphins on Sunday by a score of 37-20 for their seventh win of the year. Although they were only playing the 2-7 Dolphins, there was little to complain about in any phase of Buffalo’s game. Buffalo’s dominance was a huge shift from last week’s disastrous loss to Cleveland. Let’s take a look at what the Bills did to flip the script.
Trust The Stache
Following what felt like his worst outing as the Bills’ Offensive Coordinator, Brian Daboll arrived to Hard Rock Stadium looking a little different. He had grown a mustache and Bills Twitter took a liking to the new look. Daboll was quick to give rookie Devin Singletary a ton of carries, something he neglected to do against the Browns. Singletary rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries as opposed to his measly eight carries last week. John Brown had a career day, hauling in nine of his 14 targets for 137 yards and two scores. Allen also threw a touchdown to rookie tight end Dawson Knox, as well as running one in himself. Daboll followed his worst showing with easily his best showing, leading the Bills to 424 total yards and an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for Allen. Bills fans were quick to credit Daboll’s performance to his new ‘stache.
Anyone who knows the Bills knows that cornerback Tre’Davious White is the wildest and loudest player of the team. Oddly enough, White wasn’t the one giving the Buffalo defense the speech it needed to turn things around, it was Tremaine Edmunds. The second-year linebacker has always been a leader on this team and was announced as a captain to start the season. Although Edmunds is a leader, he rarely delivers speeches to rally the troops, due to his quiet nature. Before the game, Edmunds told the defense they needed to shape up after their sloppy play the previous weeks. After the speech, Buffalo returned to form and looked stout in their run defense, something they have struggled with recently. Let’s hope Edmunds speech resonates with the team moving forward.
Finding Offensive Identity
It is obvious that Buffalo’s offense has been the Achilles heal for this team in 2019. The offense has shown flashes but the play calling and execution has been a recurring issue for the Bills. After their performance against the Dolphins, hopefully Buffalo can find some consistency in their offensive play to finish the season.
Hosting The Broncos
This weekend, Buffalo will host the Denver Broncos to begin what will be the third hardest final stretch in the league. Denver has not been perfect this season but their defense is nothing to scoff at and rookie Brandon Allen has slung the ball pretty well in his limited time as the starter. Daboll will have to get creative with his play calling this week to fool Von Miller and the Broncos’ defense and the Buffalo’s defensive unit will have to blanket Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant.