Sunday, October 20, 2013

Week 7 picks: Bills at Dolphins

Publisher Nick St. Denis, associate editor Dan Begnoche and senior contributor Sean Donovan pick the divisional bout between the Buffalo Bills (2-4) and the Miami Dolphins (3-2).

Sean's take:
The Bills, on the verge of slipping out of serious playoff contention, hope a hobbled Thad Lewis can replicate the electricity shown in last week's overtime loss against a Dolphins team looking to avoid blowing a 3-0 start to the year. Miami anticipates adjustments made during the bye will help solve the litany of issues that have led to its current two-game losing streak. The Dolphins' new changes may or may not prove to be long term fixes but key a win over a struggling Bills team.
Prediction: Dolphins 28, Bills 17

Dan's take:
Miami's struggles in the ground game get a break this week against a Bills unit ranked fifth-worst against the run. A dominant Buffalo pass rush and a healthier secondary keeps quarterback Ryan Tannehill at bay, but the Fins' defensive front is too much for Lewis, who still has some growing pains to endure. Turnovers will be the key here, and Kiko Alonzo could continue to be the difference maker in a tight divisional showdown. 
Prediction: Dolphins 20, Bills 17

Nick's take:
The Dolphins need to run the ball to soften up the Bills' pass rush, but in order to do that, the offensive line must put an end to its sieve-like ways. Buffalo is getting healthier, but a Miami team playing at home coming off a bye has the edge. The Dolphins' defense gets a shot in the arm with the return of Cameron Wake, and Lewis comes down from his Week 6 high.
Prediction: Dolphins 24, Bills 17