What to expect in the AFC East showdown
Heading into Sunday afternoon, both the Bills and the Dolphins are 2-0. With the heightened importance to win this divisional game, it’s expected that both sidelines are going to play their best football.
“You have to win your division games,” Allen said. “We know that, but they’re also feeling that way. They know that they got to win these games as well. So, it’s going to come down to whoever plays better on Sunday afternoon.”
After watching what the Dolphins have accomplished in the first two weeks of the season, the Bills are aware of the pressure they bring on both sides of the ball. Miller shared that this Miami team is different from other teams with the fast wide receivers they have in Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, and the high-power players throughout their defense.
“They built this team up and they have a really good squad,” Miller said. “I think it’s led by Tua and their head coach (Mike McDaniel). Just by seeing his interviews and seeing the way he interacts with the team, it’s a lot of energy over there. Definitely going be a tough challenge for us and we definitely want to take it one play at a time and see where we get.”
Allen shared that the Bills defense needs to be prepared for Miami’s offense, which has been explosive early on and put up 42 points on the Ravens last weekend. But Miller has confidence in their defense and the coaching staff in getting the job done.
“We got a great room and I just love going to work with these guys,” Miller said. “Lot of high energy guys, lot of great characters in our locker room led by coach (Eric) Washington, and we just go out there and we just try to do our job. Whether that’s rushing forward or blitzing, whatever we got to do to help this team win. That’s what we’re all about.”
The Dolphins are coming off a fourth-quarter comeback win against the Baltimore Ravens, proving that no lead is safe after seeing how fast this Miami team can get back into a game.
“Those teams with real good defenses, you feel like you can stop them, and it should feel like the game should be over,” Diggs said. “It’s all part of the game plan for us. Since I’ve been here, we’ve been an offense that coach (Sean) McDermott says, ‘Score until I say stop’. We’re not going to take the foot off the gas or anything like that.
“They make a lot of plays on defense, and they try to go get your quarterback,” Diggs added. “It’s our job to have a plan for it. And as a receiver, always be in communication with your quarterback.”
That QB is quite familiar with the Dolphins. Allen shared that the Dolphins will throw in a different wrinkle that they haven’t shown on film yet to break up some tendencies during these division games, which is something the Bills need to be ready for.
“We’ve had a good week on the short week, trying to put together a really good game plan, guys are actually getting back to health,” Allen said. “We’re going to have to have guys step up and play next man up football, and that’s the nature of this business. We trust the guys in this building, but we have to go out there and execute.”