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Through two weeks of play, it would be impossible to place any other football team ahead of the Buffalo Bills. Not only have they beaten two playoff teams from a year ago, but they’ve done so convincingly, outscoring opponents 72-17 in primetime nonetheless.
Eventually, there’s bound to be disappointment. A team just can’t keep winning like this in the modern NFL.
Does that reality check get served this week as the Rumbling Herd travels to take on the Miami Dolphins? Any time a team takes on a divisional foe, the chance for a trap game always exists.
Yet, labeling a matchup against a 2-0 team doesn’t exactly feel right, either. They’re 2-0 for the first time since 2018, which ironically is the last time the Dolphins beat the Bills. In actuality, this franchise hasn’t been a true threat in decades.
That may finally be changing. The biggest difference from last season to this year is the addition of Tyreek Hill, who Bills Fans know all too well. More on that matchup in a bit. But the Dolphins also have a much more complete roster after finally investing in their offensive line. They top it all off with a defense featuring a capable pass rush and multiple playmakers in the secondary. All in all, the Dolphins are no longer a team that should be overlooked.
Buffalo Bills vs. Dolphins game details, where to watch
Sunday, September 25, 2022 Start time: 1:00 PM ET TV channel - CBS Location - Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL
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The Giants and the Lions held their own in Week 2, and we cashed in as a result, while the Colts really let us down. Losing Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce was a brutal blow to the offense that meant Matt Ryan was struggling for passing options, and the offense fell apart. Shoutout to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are now sitting in first place in the division through two weeks.
Week 3 brings a new set of storylines, including a brawl between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins down at Hard Rock Stadium. The weather might factor in that one with Buffalo on the road and playing in what's expected to be a scorching hot September afternoon. Both offenses were on fire in Week 2. While Buffalo seems to be the league's juggernaut right now, Miami will head into the game riding high on confidence, having mounted an impressive comeback against a very good Baltimore Ravens outfit.
The Colts' tough start doesn't get any easier with them facing the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cardinals host the Rams, and Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers face off in Tampa.
So, another week of football means another week of opportunity. Here are our picks for the Week 3 lineup of NFL action.
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Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Spread: Lions +6.0, Vikings -6.0 Total: Over/Under 53.5 Moneyline: Lions +215, Vikings -260
We all overreacted to the Minnesota Vikings outing against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. Green Bay looked flat, their offense was woeful, and they lost Justin Jefferson on multiple occasions. Fast forward to Week 2, and the Eagles shut down the Justin Jefferson show on Monday Night Football with a brilliant performance from Darius Slay and the Philly defense. ...
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As I said last week, I've refrained from taking notes while watching the games, so please don't break out the pitchforks if something is too terribly wrong. Also, I was at the game, and the cell service was terrible, so I couldn't really check up on much in the moment.
1 - Henry
Yes, I know, this is a Bills review. However, the once known King Henry was easily considered to be the most dominant force coming onto the field, not wearing number 17. However, I was absolutely floored to see how much of a non-factor Henry was in this game. Not because the Bills had an excellent game plan for him, but because he finally seems to be wearing down in his age or due to injury. I spotted at least three tackles on Henry where someone took him down with one arm or solo, things which were nearly impossible in prior seasons. Groot arm-barred Henry on one play, and that seemed to be all she wrote for the Titans trying to run the ball. Without any viable receivers and a much weaker Henry, the Titans are in for a long season.
2 - Stadium
First, I didn't feel ESPN's presence at all in this game. I saw some camera's near Pinto Ron, but that's it. I could tell no one was on the sidelines, and there was nothing extra on the monitors. It was just a Bills game that happened to occur at night. Second, while everyone is an adult, fans really need to be saved from themselves on some level. The extra time to drink before the game was apparent, and not in a funny way. People were way too drunk to be walking up and down concrete stairs or even to be in public. It was honestly sad, and I was glad I didn't see a lot of kids at the game. However, I must admit that this was easily one of the loudest games I've ever been to. Bills fans showed up, and the pre-game speeches by Bruce, Jim, and Marv really hit home. ...
Alaska Darin posted an article in 2022 Buffalo Bills,© George Walker IV / USA TODAY Sports
The 2022 Buffalo BILLS are the consensus favorites to win the AFC East and represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Most of the talking heads expect the team to raise its first Lombardi. On paper, this is the deepest, most talented team not only in the NFL but likely in team history.
In each of the last two seasons, the Tennessee Titans have used the same formula to beat the BILLS: Run the football, run it some more, suck in the linebackers and force the safeties to stay inside the numbers, then use play action to throw into the soft spots that have been created.
Defensively the Titans aren't exotic, they're throwbacks. From their base 34, they use zone blitz concepts and physicality to dictate how opposing offenses play. Teams have to earn every yard because Tennessee rarely gives up big plays.
Last night, the BILLS were heavy favorites based on both their offseason additions and the serious roster losses suffered by the Titans. Tennessee was coming off an extremely disappointing home opener upset loss to the New Jersey Giants, blowing a 13-point lead. Buffalo would be missing some very key pieces: WR1A Gabriel Davis and interior DLinemen Ed Oliver and Tim Settle. The latter players would surely be missed against Titans' superstar running back Derek Henry, right?
Could the BILLS new look defensive line hold up to the challenge? Could new BILLS' OC Ken Dorsey scheme well enough to get Stefon Diggs touches? Would the BILLS interior OLine hold up against Jeffery Simmons, the AFC version of Aaron Donald? Would Sean McDermott continue his aggressive offensive decisions despite the heartbreaking loss last season in Nashville?
The answers to all of these questions were emphatically YES!
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Derek Henry as held to 25 yards on 13 carries and the Titans only score. How impressive is that? It was Henry's worst statistical game since 2019, a span of 50 games.
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