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EJ: Our fans make us want to go harder

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 5:01 pm

Much has been said about the atmosphere at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday in the win over the Dolphins. The fans had a major impact on the game with the Dolphins taking three penalties due to crowd noise. On Monday EJ Manuel made a point to mention that the loud support of the fans gives the players the little extra to put their effort over the edge.

“We really want to thank them for coming out, selling it out and being extremely loud on third down for our defense, that really helped them out,” said Manuel. “And definitely for us [the offense], anytime we were having big plays, they were getting really rowdy and loud for us. When we know we have their support, it makes us want to go even harder.”


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Dolphins hope to find answer for Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 10:05 am

The Dolphins defense had no answer for Sammy Watkins Sunday, who rolled up 117 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. It had Miami’s defenders scratching their heads hoping to have a better plan in the second meeting later this season.

“He’s a good receiver,” said Dolphins LB Phillip Wheeler. “But we could’ve done some things to slow him down. We just had a bad day all the way around.”

When asked if there’s a solution to slowing Watkins in the future, Wheeler wasn’t certain.

“Right now I’m not sure,” he said. “We are going to look at the tape and go back to the drawing board.”

Watkins felt the Bills’ balance offensively with 26 pass play and 33 run plays made them difficult to predict.

“It definitely helps us out when we’re a balanced offense and we’ve just got to keep continuing to run the ball, to pass the ball and mix it up a lot,” Watkins said. “That keeps the defense on their toes and switching up coverage and linebackers have to look more for the pass, more for the run. It’s just great to have a defense guessing.”


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Wallace: We didn’t match Bills intensity

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 7:54 pm

On an emotional day for Bills fans, the players were every bit as fired up. Knowing football is an emotional game, Miami WR Mike Wallace felt he and his Dolphins teammates just couldn’t match the intensity of the Bills Sunday.

“We have to have more intensity,” said Wallace. “We didn’t have enough intensity out there. Those guys were fired up on every single play. Every single play. You heard them screaming and yelling. They were fired up and we were quiet. You’re not going to win like that. I understand if trash talking is not your thing, but when those guys are fired up like that, you have to show emotion back and take it to the same level as them.”

When asked why they came out so flat, Wallace couldn’t put his finger on it.

“They had a lot of intensity. We weren’t close to their intensity,” he said. “That’s why they won the football game. They did a good job of playing football, but their intensity was so much higher than ours that I think that’s why they won the game honestly. They were riled up. Telling each other, ‘Let’s go!’ Talking crazy to us. Some people feed off that. Even if it was a guy not making the play, but he’s fired up and he’s getting his teammate fired up. I think you might’ve had to be on the field. It was crazy.”


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Miami LB Wheeler: Bills are built to beat us

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 7:44 pm

The Miami defense had a lot of trouble containing some of Buffalo’s best playmakers Sundays in their 19-point loss to the Bills. It’s the third straight win for Buffalo over the Dolphins. The last time that happened was 2008-2009 when Miami won three straight, with two of the games played in South Florida. Miami LB Phillip Wheeler is beginning to think the Bills have the Dolphins’ number.

“I feel like we are built to beat some of the teams in our division,” said Wheeler. “Take the Patriots. I think we are built to beat the Patriots. I think the Bills are built to beat us. They have a good scheme against us every year. Their defense stops our offense. Their offense runs the ball on us. I think we need to get better all the way around.”

 


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Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 11:51 am

Here are the inactives for the Dolphins in the Week 2 game with the Bills.

DE Terence Fede
C Mike Pouncey
LB Jordan Tripp
LB Koa Misi
G Billy Turner
DT Bruce Gaston
OT Jason Fox

 


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Miami MLB doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 2:26 pm

The injuries at linebacker for the Dolphins claimed one of their starters for the season in Dannell Ellerbe. Friday’s injury report indicates they’re likely to be without another.

Starting MLB Koa Misi is doubtful after being unable to practice all week with an ankle injury. Rookie LB Jordan Tripp is also out with a chest injury.

That means there’s a good chance former Bills LB Kelvin Sheppard, who was signed earlier this week by Miami could see a lot of snaps Sunday.


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Rivers out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 1:59 pm

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Here is the rundown of the status of injured Bills players for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Lee Smith TE Toe LP DOUBTFUL
Keith Rivers LB Groin DNP OUT
Jonathan Meeks S Neck LP DOUBTFUL
Aaron Williams S Concussion FP PROBABLE
Stephon Gilmore CB Groin FP PROBABLE
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs FP PROBABLE
Chris Hogan WR Ankle FP PROBABLE

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Miami’s 5 new OL changes little for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 10:16 am

The Miami Dolphins had five new offensive linemen in their Week 1 win from the men they had lining up for them last season at this time. The group performed admirably despite not having their one holdover from last season in C Mike Pouncey, who is out again this week with a hip injury. Bills DT Kyle Williams was impressed with what he saw on tape from the Dolphins’ front five last Sunday.

“I think if you look at their whole offensive line, their offensive line is brand new, all five of them and they work well together,” he said. “Veteran group, they play hard. They have a rookie at right tackle but everybody else has been around a while. They know what they’re doing. They get on their blocks and stay on their blocks so we got a good challenge in front of us.”

Buffalobills.com asked Williams if the new players on the Dolphins’ offensive front increases his preparation since they’re not the typical players they see when they face Miami each season.

“No, I’m not going to prepare any more or any less than I would if I had played these guys, all these guys were the same,” said Williams. “I’m going go about my business the way I always do. Nitpick and try to figure the ins and outs, whats good and not good no matter whos playing or how long they have been playing.”


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Dolphins LBs still sidelined

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2014 – 4:59 pm

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Miami’s linebacking corps is still banged up as a bunch of them were either limited in practice or unable to practice again on Thursday. Here’s the full rundown of the Dolphins’ injuries.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Terrence Fede DE Knee OUT
Mike Pouncey C Hip OUT
Jordan Tripp LB Chest OUT
Chris McCain LB Illness LP
Koa Misi LB Ankle DNP
Randy Starks DT Toe LP
Billy Turner G Foot DNP
Walt Aikens S Hand LP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
Knowshon Moreno RB Shoulder LP
Derrick Shelby DE Knee LP
Dion Sims TE Neck LP
Mike Wallace WR Hamstring LP
Philip Wheeler LB Thumb LP

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Dolphins have lengthy injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2014 – 5:35 pm

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The Miami Dolphins injury report is a long one and there are some key players on the list particularly at the linebacker position. Here’s a look.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Terrence Fede DE Knee OUT
Mike Pouncey C Hip OUT
Jordan Tripp LB Chest OUT
Chris McClain LB Illness DNP
Koa Misi LB Ankle DNP
Randy Starks DT Toe DNP
Billy Turner G Foot DNP
Walt Aikens S Hand LP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
Knowshon Moreno RB Shoulder LP
Derrick Shelby DE Knee LP
Dion Sims TE Neck LP
Mike Wallace WR Hamstring LP
Philip Wheeler LB Thumb LP

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Bills Wed. injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2014 – 4:39 pm

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Here’s Wednesday’s official injury report for the Bills in advance of their Week 2 game against Miami.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Lee Smith TE Toe DNP
Keith Rivers LB Groin DNP
Jonathan Meeks S Neck Limited
Aaron Williams S Head Limited
Stephon Gilmore CB Groin Full part.
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs Full part.

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Dolphins DC respects Bills run game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2014 – 11:00 am

Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle will be game planning for the Bills offense today. One thing he has is respect for the Bills run game knowing Buffalo has beaten the Dolphins in three of their last four meetings.

“This team is very very dangerous,” Coyle said of the Bills. “Obviously, in the two years prior that we’ve played them, they’ve beaten us three out of the four times since I’ve been here. They’re a very physical team, very good up front, two of the best tandem of backs that we’ll face, explosive yet powerful too, especially Jackson, breaks tackles. They rushed for 193 yards against Chicago. They were very effective, they were controlling the ball. The quarterback is an athlete, he can run, he can throw on the run, they move the pocket with bootlegs and play action passes.

“This is a different challenge than a week ago. A difficult challenge because we’ve got to go out there, you can’t make a mistake in the run game. They ripped off a couple of runs yesterday in the game, one about 50 and another one about 40 yards at the end of the game to ice it, to get them in field goal range to win in overtime. This team presents a lot of problems and they’re a very good defensive team as well. They usually keep themselves in most game because they keep the score down and you’ve got play a very physical game to win.”


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Sept. 7th has been good to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 8:36 am

There are certain dates that will live in infamy for the Bills organization, none of which will be re-listed here. But there are also some dates that have been particularly kind to the team and their fans. One such date is today, September 7th.

There is not only one or two good things that happened to the Bills on September 7th, but three in their 54-year history. They are as follows.

September 7, 1980 – Streak ends Bills beat Dolphins
September 7, 1986 – Jim Kelly makes his Bills debut
September 7, 2003 – Bills open season with 31-0 win over New England Patriots
So two of Buffalo’s most noteworthy season-opening victories and the debut of the only player to have his number retired in team history. Not a bad trio of events. Could there be a fourth here today in Chicago for the Bills organization?

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Miami to be without Pouncey vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on June 23, 2014 – 5:20 pm

The regular season is a long way off, but if the prognosis for Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is accurate the Dolphins will not have their pivot man in the lineup against the Bills in Week 2.

ESPN first reported Monday that Pouncey underwent hip surgery that will keep him sidelined for at least three months. Three months from today is September 23rd, which is more than a week after the Bills host the Dolphins in their home opener on Sept. 14th.

Pouncey tore a labrum in his hip during OTAs for Miami. For an offensive line that is being revamped this offseason, Pouncey was being counted on to be the glue that held it together. Against Buffalo’s vaunted defensive line, the Dolphins offense could be in for a long day against their AFC East rival.


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Bills surprised Fins didn’t run more

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 5:56 pm

Facing the number one sack team in the league on the road, and having given up a league-leading 51 sacks on the season, Buffalo figured that Miami would make a concerted effort to run the ball. They didn’t, which surprised a lot of Buffalo’s defenders.

“We really thought they were going to come in here and run the ball, given the elements and everything like that,” said Jerry Hughes, who had one of the Bills’ seven sacks of Ryan Tannehill Sunday. “We really thought they’d try to test our run game early. They kind of did, but we kind of shut it down. The rush is kind of what they tried to do and we kind of stopped them.”

If the Dolphins tried to run the ball they didn’t try very long. Granted their lack of success may have been a deterrent, but it was a 10-point game until the fourth quarter.

Miami had nine carries for just nine yards in the first half. They ran it just three more times in the second half for just five more yards for a total of 14 in the game.


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Best matchup for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 8:53 am

The Bills defense has some premier level talent on their side of the ball and there’s one matchup where Buffalo looks to have a decided edge against the Dolphins today.

With Kyle Williams playing a bit more end of late, it’s allowed Marcell Dareus to step into the three-technique spot at defensive tackle (outside shoulder of guard). That means Dareus will be matched up against Dolphins LG Sam Brenner.

An undrafted rookie out of Utah, Brenner is a center by trade. He’s made three starts at left guard for Miami since Richie Incognito was suspended in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. Brenner began the season on the Dolphins’ practice squad.

Dareus figures to have his way with Brenner if they’re in a one-on-one matchups. The Bills DT is putting together his best NFL season and is a favorite to land his first Pro Bowl berth this season.


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Tannehill struggles vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 8:25 am

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill might be getting hot down the stretch, but his three career performances against the Bills have been anything but impressive.

Tannehill in three career starts against Buffalo has a 1-2 record. He’s completed just over 51 percent of his passes (51.1%) for 465 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also been sacked seven times in those three games and has a passer rating of 69.9. His yards per attempt against the Bills is also an anemic 5.17.

Back in Week 7 Tannehill had the lowest completion percentage of his 2013 season against Buffalo (51.4%). He threw three touchdown passes, but also had three turnovers with two interceptions and a fumble on a sack by Mario Williams that led to the game-winning field goal by Dan Carpenter for the Bills (23-21).


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Miami RB Thomas questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 2:38 pm

It appears as though the Dolphins will have their starting cornerbacks back in the lineup Sunday against the Bills in Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll, who are both probable, but the news is different for RB Daniel Thomas.

Thomas is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis Friday. He failed to practice at all on Wednesday and Thursday. Starting DT Paul Soliai is listed as probable despite practicing only on a limited basis all week due to an ankle injury.

Long snapper John Denney missed Friday’s practice due to illnes, but is probable. Here’s the rest of the Dolphins injury report for Sunday’s game.

Player

Pos

Injury

Participation Friday

Game Status

Brent Grimes

CB

Groin

LP

Probable

Daniel Thomas

RB

Ankle

LP

Questionable

Nolan Carroll

CB

Knee

FP

Probable

Chris Clemons

S

Knee/Hamstring

LP

Probable

Paul Soliai

DT

Ankle

LP

Probable

Jamar Taylor

CB

Hamstring

FP

Probable

Reshad Jones

S

Groin

FP

Probable

Olivier Vernon

DE

Ankle

FP

Probable

John Denney

LS

Illness

DNP

Probable


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Dolphins CBs still nicked up

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 7:29 pm

The Miami Dolphins have had some injuries in their starting secondary that they’ve been dealing with and they’re stretching into this week.

Starting CBs Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll are dealing with injuries. Grimes didn’t practice Wednesday with a groin injury while Carroll was limited with a knee injury.

Here’s the full Dolphins injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE
CB Brent Grimes – groin
RB Daniel Thomas – ankle

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
CB Nolan Carroll – knee
DT Paul Soliai – ankle
S Chris Clemons – knee/hamstring
CB Jamar Taylor – hamstring

FULL PRACTICE
S Reshad Jones – groin
DE Olivier Vernon – ankle


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Lewis not worried about playing in elements

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 5:55 pm

Bills QB Thad Lewis, who will make his fourth start for the team this Sunday against Miami is a south Florida native himself. But he’s accustomed to playing in the elements up north this time of year.

Lewis has played in cold games before. The coldest was just last season in the final regular season game of the year for Cleveland at Pittsburgh.

“Last year against Pittsburgh I think it was 18 degrees and snowing,” he said. “So I’ve played in a game of this magnitude with the weather so I don’t think it’ll be a factor.

“The weather is not a factor when you’re playing. It’s just a factor when you’re standing there watching, like anybody in the stands. The weather won’t be a factor, you just go out and play as usual.”


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