So, last week didn’t go as planned for the Bills. In all honesty, it sucked. Starting the season 0-1 wasn’t what anyone expected but fear not. This week, it’s the Dolphins. Time to Squish the Fish.
Previously on Bills vs Dolphins (Week 17, 2020):
A silent Orchard Park hosted the Dolphins in the Bills’ final matchup of the 2020 season. And what a shame it was that Bills Mafia weren’t there to see their beloved team bulldoze their way into a 56-26 victory. With this win, the Bills went 6-0 against the AFC East, 13-3 to finish the season, and solidified that number 2 spot in the AFC. What a day.
After the abysmal loss last week, the Bills have the opportunity to get back in form; hopefully in a similar fashion.
Prediction #1: Reggie Gilliam gets some playing time
I don’t think there was anyone who was happy with Daboll’s play calling last week. There were some plays which were just so exciting, but they didn’t work with the Steelers defense. The first QB draw was nice, showing that JA is as much of a threat on the ground as he is through the air.
But for the love of God, there’s no need to rush him that often. Reggie Gilliam is a big dude, with a lot of athleticism and as much toughness as Allen. Why send the guy you’ve just spent $258 million on, to potentially get injured? I believe that Daboll is a smart man, who’s realized this over the past week and will therefore use Gilliam. Those 4th and short opportunities? Expect to see no. 41 out there for the Bills this week.
Prediction #2: Knox gets a TD
I will admit, I was a Hollister fan through the offseason. I believed he won the TE1 race. But Knox got the opportunity, and he did not disappoint last week. He caught all 4 of his targets for 41 yards. This is exactly the kind of consistency you would want in a TE.
Knox will get some more receptions this week, one of which will be a TD.
Prediction #3: Davis sees more snaps
Last week, I was confident that Gabriel Davis would get the nod for the number 2 receiver spot. That is something that I am even more inclined to believe after the Steelers game. He really got everyone on the offense going for a short while, even catching the only Bills TD of the game.
Davis is currently the number 4 WR on this Bills team, seeing only 51% of the offensive snaps. But, following the strong performance last week, that percentage will increase vs the Fins.
Prediction #4: Levi Wallace redeems himself
Last week was not Wallace’s best performance. In his defense though, it seemed as though the Steelers offense was targeting him more than the rest of the Bills secondary. Maybe that’s why a lot of the heat was on him following the game.
But Wallace has always been a decent corner, so this week he’ll redeem himself and get back in the Mafia’s good graces with over 6 tackles and at least 2 PDs.
The Bills will get their first regular season win in Miami, allowing their confidence to build once again and get them on that winning streak.