Ron Glover’s Thursday Night NFL Pick: Miami Dolphins (4-5) vs. Buffalo Bills (3-6): Can the Dolphins get back on track against the reeling Bills?
Reggie Bush is looking for another 200+ yard effort against the Bills this season. Minus the snow of course.
Two weeks ago the Miami Dolphins were being mentioned as a possible wild card entry in the crazy AFC playoff picture. After two tough losses, the ‘Phins are below .500 and in search of some answers to their recent woes.
Enter the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills have lost three in a row in what has been a disappointing season. At 3-6, the Bills can pull themselves even with the Dolphins in the AFC East battle for second place.
The Bills will be without running star running back Fred Jackson (concussion) tonight. C.J. Spiller — who was responsible for 131 total yards last week will fill in as the starter. Spiller leads the Bills with 632 rushing yards and leads the NFL with an average of 7.3 yards per carry. Jackson was integral in the Bills comeback on Sunday with 115 total yards and two touchdowns before he was knocked out of the game in the 4th quarter.
The Bills gave a valiant second half effort against the New England Patriots. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s game-tying touchdown was intercepted in the end zone with 28 seconds left in a 37-31 defeat.
The Dolphins have given up an average of 135 rushing yards per game in their last four games, compared to 61 yards per in their first five. However, the Dolphins defense has not lost their physicality and will look to test the Bills tonight.
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has developed a habit of getting in the way of his team’s success. Overreacting would be the proper term. Last week against Tennessee, Philbin benched Reggie Bush, the team’s leading rusher for a good portion of the game after a first quarter fumble. Bush’s rushing average has dropped to 37 yards per game in his last five games. Bush averaged 92 yards per game to begin the season.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is looking to bounce back after a rough outing against the Titans. Tannehill threw three picks in the 37-3 defeat, the Dolphins worst loss at home since 1968. Tannehill has thrown only one touchdown in the last three games.
The silver lining here is the Bills ranking 31st in total defense. The Bills defense gives up an average of 410 yards per game and a whopping 32 points per outing.
Prediction: Dolphins 28 – Bills 13