By Sebastián Vallejo. Follow your project on @HolyRollerNFL
Favorites Buffalo Bills were looking to defeat the hopeless Miami Dolphins for the second time in 2021 – and for the seventh time in a row overall since 2018 – when these AFC East rivals met this Sunday afternoon at Highmark Stadium in Week 8. of the 2021 NFL Season.
Following a lackluster 11-26 win, Buffalo achieves its longest winning streak in the series against Miami. Of course, they still fall short in the Dolphins’ epic 20-game winning streak that spanned the entire 1970s, but this win feels good for a young Buffalo organization.
The brilliant exception in the leading team of AFC East is their QB Josh Allen, as this day he managed to tie the historical third place for quarterbacks with the most combined touchdowns per pass and run, reaching 112 touchdowns. Only Patrick Mahomes (135) and Dan Marino (118) have more.
In his 1st 50 career starts, @JoshAllenQB has totaled 112 touchdowns (passing + rushing combined), tied for the 3rd-most ever by a QB in his 1st 50 starts.
– NFL345 (@ NFL345) October 31, 2021
No starter is safe in the Dolphins
The team of the questioned head coach Brian Flores kept the game close in the first half with an impeccable performance of their defense. They tackled, broke deep passes and made their runs to the ball on short trajectories. However, in what is the usual trend for Miami this year, both sides of the ball are still not in the same line. The “malquerido” Tua Tagovailoa and the offense carried the ball twice into field goal range for kicker Jason Sanders, who made just one of his attempts.
The only offensive bright spot early on was WR DeVante Parker, who racked up 68 yards on 5 receptions in the first half alone. What was the failure? Key turnovers throughout the game and zero execution in the scoring zone. We do not blame them for wanting another quarterback in Miami, but you have to see that everyone is doing their job poorly, offensive line, wide receivers and running backs, the playcalling and the coaching of Brian Flores exceed the limit of the bad, if they have to roll heads this season, they would have to start with the controls of this team.
The Dolphins offense only showed signs of life in one series in the second half. Nothing Miami did on offense worked, but the Dolphins defense did enough to give fans hope that that faded down the stretch.
There will be a lot of talk throughout the week about the Flores and Tua Tagovailoa booths with the trade deadline on Tuesday. If you were a Dolphins fan, you wouldn’t sleep easy these next few days, knowing your playoff hopes are all but extinct.
Are the Bills back at their peak?
It’s a win for Buffalo and obviously they all count the same, no matter how pretty or chaotic they are. That of this contest fell into the second qualifier, as the Bills, coming off a bye week and dominating the Dolphins in recent memory, played a game that, for the most part, was too close to feel comfortable. The offensive plays in the first half were worrisome. The slowness of the game leaves the Bills with a few things to clean up in the near future if they want to compete.
Josh Allen OWNS the Dolphins.
He’s the 1st player in NFL history to throw multiple TD passes in each of his first 8 games against a single opponent. pic.twitter.com/0Fr7YDVFk4
– NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) October 31, 2021
Buffalo’s defense remains a balanced point on this team. They forced Tagovailoa and Miami’s offense felt very out of control thanks to their front-7. The Bills’ secondary stood out late in the fourth quarter, when Jordan Poyer intercepted Tua just before the two-minute warning. They are small details for which this team cannot be called as perfect, but they are very close.
Still, Buffalo’s 5-2 record atop the AFC East is a good place as the league nears the midpoint of its schedule. The Bills will travel to Jacksonville next week to face another struggling team as the Jaguars were 1-5 getting into the action this week.
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