Week 2 – at Miami Dolphins
A trip to Miami rounds off a manageable first two weeks for the Bills. Predicted to be one of three teams debuting rookie quarterbacks this season, the ‘Phins quietly got much better over the offseason.
The Dolphins infused their defence with talent in former Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones and Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, They also brought in some thump for the offence in running backs Jordan Howard and Matt Breida.
Miami selected 11 players in the draft, including their quarterback of the future, Tua Tagovailoa. They’re young, well-coached and set up for success. It’s just a matter of if general manager Chris Grier’s vision will come into fruition in this year or the next.
Tagovailoa is coming off of a vicious hip injury in college that was a deciding factor in him quickly falling below Joe Burrow in many pre-draft quarterback rankings. Add a bad hip on to two surgically-repaired ankles, and you have what’s known as an injury history.
If Tagovailoa is healthy and plays, the Dolphins become a much more dangerous team. If it’s still Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills can, and need to, take care of business, as there are stiffer tests ahead.
Prediction: 31-17 Bills