Written by Matthew Cannata at 12:30 PM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
In Week 2 earlier this season, the Miami Dolphins were defeated by the Buffalo Bills 29-10. The score resembled the game as the Dolphins really had no chance from the minute the ball was snapped.
The Bills dominated in all areas of the game, including special teams. However, the players and coaches are saying that they have learned from their mistakes and are ready to prove everyone wrong. That begins with learning how to defend Sammy Watkins.
“I think it’s just the overall good team defense,” Joe Philbin said. “I was looking at the play-by-play of the game last night. We know we didn’t get off to a good start offensively in the first half. I think they had maybe 315 yards of offense. I think at the end of the day, we had 290 or 280 (yards) or something. He’s certainly an excellent football player. I don’t think there is one specific thing. It’s not like we are going to play zone every snap. It’s not like we are going to play man every snap. We are a multiple defense. We play a lot of different coverages. We do different things. That’s who we are, but we have to play better overall team defense than we did there.”
Ryan Tannehill said that there are plenty of things he took away from their first meeting and plans to put that into action on Thursday night when it’s time to play.
“Yeah, of course. You always want to go back and watch that game closely, see how they played, see how we played, things we could have done better, things that we attacked them on that they’ll probably change. That’s the beauty of division games, it’s a chess match. You play each other one time, make adjustments and then you go back and play again. That’s why it’s fun.”
One thing to note though is that the Dolphins were without several players in Week 2, including Reshad Jones, Dion Jordan, Koa Misi and others. It’s Philbin’s hope that these players, especially Misi, will have a big impact in the game.
“Play-speed, toughness, physicality. He’s a good tackler. He brings a lot of good energy to the defense. He’s not the most vocal guy, but when you put the tape on he plays football the right way.”
Misi won’t be the only one that needs to step up though. Everyone on both sides of the ball and special teams will have to do their part to bring home a victory tonight.