MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Dolphins have found it formidable to retard a Bills in new meetings, and now Miami will try to do it with a rookie creation his initial start during left tackle given high school.
First-round breeze collect Ja’Wuan James has changed over from a right side to reinstate Branden Albert, out for a year with a knee injury. James will be obliged for Ryan Tannehill’s blind side Thursday night when Miami attempts to snap a strain of 3 waste to a Bills.
Both teams are 5-4, entrance off a detriment and on a border of AFC playoff contention. The Dolphins are adored though have been fending off questions since they have so most difficulty with a Bills, including a 29-10 detriment during Buffalo in Week 2.
“I’ve been conference from a lot of a comparison guys how critical this diversion is for us,” James said. “I consider it’s important, too, since of final time. we didn’t like what happened final time. Nobody in this locker room did. We have a possibility to go behind out there and redeem ourselves.”
Some things to watch in a 102nd matchup between these AFC East rivals:
BLOCKING THE BILLS: Buffalo’s front 4 has given Miami fits over a past dual seasons. In a 3 meetings, Miami is averaging 71 yards per diversion rushing and 4.8 yards per pass, with 6 turnovers and 13 sacks.
Buffalo DT Kyle Williams offering an explanation: “We have talent. We’ve got guys that can win one-on-one matchups.”
Tannehill is confident a Dolphins can come adult with a winning regulation opposite Buffalo.
“That’s a beauty of multiplication games — it’s a chess match,” Tannehill said. “You play any other one time, make adjustments and afterwards we go behind and play again. That’s since it’s fun.”
The rest of a joining also has difficulty restraint a Bills, who lead a NFL with 34 sacks. Now they’ll face a revamped descent line following a detriment of Albert final Sunday.
James moves to left tackle. Dallas Thomas switches from left ensure to right tackle. Shelley Smith takes over during left guard.
James has played good this year during right tackle, and he started for 4 years during that mark during Tennessee. He was a comparison in a Georgia high propagandize playoffs a final time he started on a left side; a competition had a good group though no Mario Williams.
“It’s going to be tough,” James said, “but I’m peaceful to do it.”
RED ZONE WOES: Both teams have been awful in a red zone. The Bills ranks final in red-zone touchdown potency during 41 percent, while a Dolphins arrange final in red-zone scoring during 4.16 points per trip.
The Dolphins’ 43 trips to a red section lead a league, though those security have constructed usually 20 touchdowns .
“As we get to a red zone,” descent coordinator Bill Lazor said, “things occur faster, windows are tighter and we improved get improved fast.”
FIRST TIME FACING DOLPHINS: Kyle Orton’s 81st NFL diversion will be his initial opposite Miami. The journeyman transposed E.J. Manuel as Bills starter after Week 4 and has played well, throwing for some-more than 250 yards in 4 of his 5 starts.
Orton has brought out a best in first-round collect Sammy Watkins. In 4 games with Manuel, Watkins had 17 catches for 197 yards and dual scores. In 5 games with Orton, a rookie has 25 catches for 420 yards and 3 scores.
MISFIRING DEEP: As has happened mostly in a past dual years, Tannehill overthrew an open Mike Wallace low final week. Tannehill is 6 for 23 (26 percent) with no touchdowns on passes thrown over 20 yards this year, and 34 for 122 (28 percent) in his career.
Lazor predicts Tannehill will urge soon.
“I feel good about where we’re headed,” Lazor said. “I wish we would have strike a final one we threw, though we didn’t, and so we only have to keep working. We’ve addressed a mechanics. We’ve addressed removing people on a same page as distant as a landmarks of where we’re perplexing to chuck a football. We’ve repped it in practice, and we select to work with a faith that we’ll infer to everybody that we can do it.”
CONFIDENT BILLS: Every adversary deserves a small rabble talking, and Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin influenced things adult when he likely a feat for Buffalo.
That done clarity to teammate Aaron Williams, given a outcome when a teams met in September.
“We were flattering widespread a initial time we played,” Williams said. “And we don’t see since we can’t be widespread a second time.”
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