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Three Miami Dolphins the Buffalo Bills should attack in Week 3

When the Bills take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, Buffalo should look to attack these three players.

The Buffalo Bills are looking to bounce back in Week 3 after suffering a 40-32 loss to the New England Patriots. Buffalo will look to move to .500 in the AFC East when they take on the Miami Dolphins. Following a 23-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami will also be looking to get back on track. For the Bills to win, they’ll have to attack some of Miami’s weak links. Here are three specific players the Bills should attack on Sunday.

Brice McCain and Jamar Taylor

McCain is a good nickel cornerback, yet Miami has been starting him as an outside CB in two games. Needless to say, that hasn’t gone well for McCain or the Dolphins.

Through two games, McCain has been targeted 12 times and given up eight receptions for 132 yards. Yards after catch have also been an issue for McCain. Against the Jaguars and Redskins, the cornerback has allowed 46 yards. Last week, McCain was responsible for Allen Robinson’s 52 yard touchdown.

In addition to McCain, Taylor is another cornerback who has been a letdown for Miami. Taylor was drafted 54th overall in 2013 but hasn’t lived up to his draft status. Early in the season, Taylor has allowed nine completions on 12 targets for 80 yards. Taylor will matchup with Buffalo’s slot receiver.

With Sammy Watkins likely drawing Brent Grimes, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods should benefit the most from these matchups. With a strong defensive line in front of them, passing the ball may be Buffalo’s best chance of winning on Sunday. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Buffalo’s offensive game plan was similar to Week 1 where the team had Watkins run multiple go routes to clear the No. 1 CB and a safety out of the way.

Dallas Thomas

When the Bills are on defense, they’ll send pressure from all over the field. That said, the team would be wise to send additional blitzers towards the left side of Miami’s offensive line. Branden Albert has struggled through two games, mostly in regards to run blocking, and Dallas Thomas has been even worse at left guard. Thomas' early season struggles have been in pass protection.

Through two games, Thomas has allowed two sacks, one quarterback hit and five quarterback pressures. Over at Pro Football Focus, only Shawn Lauvao of Washington has a lower grade in regards to pass blocking and Thomas is 57th among guards in pass block efficiency.

Buffalo’s front four alone could thrive against Thomas, but sending additional pressure his way should help Rex Ryan’s defense get after Ryan Tannehill on Sunday.


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