Mike McDaniel: Facing Buffalo is a chance to play the best and see where you’re at

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The Dolphins are coming off a thrilling 42-38 victory over the Ravens and now have to turn the page to face the Bills in Week Three.

Miami and Buffalo are two of the three AFC teams to start the season 2-0. Kansas City is the other.

In his Monday press conference, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel noted this upcoming contest should be a good measuring stick for where his team stands.

“The Buffalo Bills have won the division and done an unbelievable job in all three phases, so what better for the Miami Dolphins that’s a young team that that is really invested and they’re very eager to play football; what better opportunity than playing the best and seeing where you’re at?” McDaniel said in his press conference. “So, I think you don’t hide from it. I think you embrace the fact that they’re a good football team and that there’s one way to be put in the category of good football teams: you beat good football teams.

“So there’s a lot of opportunities in the course of the season. Specifically, there’s 17 if anyone’s counting, so this is 1/17th and it’s 1/6th of our division games, but it’s also an opportunity for us to see where we’re at and go against the best which as competitors — which our team is very competitive — you bask in that opportunity. It’s exciting so we’re going to do our best to prepare and see where we’re at the end of the 4:30 maybe, on Sunday.”

Through two weeks, Buffalo is first in points scored and third in total yards. The Dolphins rank fourth and second in the same two categories.

Sunday’s game has the potential to be an exciting, high-scoring matchup.

20 responses to “Mike McDaniel: Facing Buffalo is a chance to play the best and see where you’re at

  1. I like McDaniels but the Dolphins o-line isnt good enough for them to keep up with the Bills. I think they will make some plays on offense but the game will be over by the end of the third quarter. I think the Bills will only win 31-17 or something like that but they will be up 24-3 or something like that. The Bills wont be able to back off on defense because the dolphins are so dangerous after the catch but the dolphins will prolly only have two descent drives all night and a couple of big plays because their offense and defense cant play long drives. they are completely dependent on scheming up big plays or easy rush lanes and their defensive gameplan will have to be too risky not to give up a big play on any drive that gets a few first downs

  2. texasmadegeek says:
    September 20, 2022 at 2:17 pm
    I like McDaniels but the Dolphins o-line isnt good enough for them to keep up with the Bills. I think they will make some plays on offense but the game will be over by the end of the third quarter. I think the Bills will only win 31-17 or something like that but they will be up 24-3 or something like that. The Bills wont be able to back off on defense because the dolphins are so dangerous after the catch but the dolphins will prolly only have two descent drives all night and a couple of big plays because their offense and defense cant play long drives. they are completely dependent on scheming up big plays or easy rush lanes and their defensive gameplan will have to be too risky not to give up a big play on any drive that gets a few first downs

    ya, or something like that….

  3. I like his approach to this. I am hoping the phins can compete, but frankly, the Bills look very scary. Hopefully our D shows up on Sunday, and Tua’s mighty performance vs the Ravens wasn’t just a tease. If the D is there, and Tua is launching accurate bombs then the Bills will have a hard time living with the phins.

  4. Tua Tagovailoa has a passer rating of 59.8 with 579 yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions in 3 games versus the Bills in his career. He left the field injured early last year or else he probably would have ended the game 5-7 sacks and 3 ints.

  5. I have no clue how this game is going to pan out. I also wonder how the bandwagon will support all of the weight if the Dolphins pull off a win.

  6. McDaniels is a good coach and the Dolphins are going to be very competitive this season. However, the Bills are on another level altogether and will take care of business on Sunday.

  7. The Bills secondary isn’t healthy at the moment, Micah Hyde and Dane Jackson both getting hurt last night and Tre’Davious White still rehabbing, so this is likely the Dolphins best chance to beat them this year.
    And Miami is not a team that you want to go into with an iffy defensive backfield. This is the type of game where the pass rushers need to step up if they don’t want to get into a track meet with a team filled with sprinters.

  8. texasmadegeek says:
    September 20, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I like McDaniels but the Dolphins o-line isnt good enough for them to keep up with the Bills. I think they will make some plays on offense but the game will be over by the end of the third quarter. I think the Bills will only win 31-17 or something like that but they will be up 24-3 or something like that. The Bills wont be able to back off on defense because the dolphins are so dangerous after the catch but the dolphins will prolly only have two descent drives all night and a couple of big plays because their offense and defense cant play long drives. they are completely dependent on scheming up big plays or easy rush lanes and their defensive gameplan will have to be too risky not to give up a big play on any drive that gets a few first downs

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    First it was…
    The Pins can’t go deep. They have no big play ability. All Tua does is dink and dunk..

    Now, it, All the Phins have are big plays. They can’t sustain long drives.

    Actually, the phins have the best of both worlds these days. They can dink and dunk, or they can go deep. They finally have the weapons Tua needed.

  9. texasmadegeek says:
    September 20, 2022 at 2:17 pm
    I like McDaniels but the Dolphins o-line isnt good enough for them to keep up with the Bills. I think they will make some plays on offense but the game will be over by the end of the third quarter. I think the Bills will only win 31-17 or something like that but they will be up 24-3 or something like that. The Bills wont be able to back off on defense because the dolphins are so dangerous after the catch but the dolphins will prolly only have two descent drives all night and a couple of big plays because their offense and defense cant play long drives. they are completely dependent on scheming up big plays or easy rush lanes and their defensive gameplan will have to be too risky not to give up a big play on any drive that gets a few first downs

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    “They are completely dependent on scheming up big plays or easy rush lanes”

    It’s been 2 weeks my man. No team is dependent on anything at this point. Also wasn’t this why McDaniel was brought in? To scheme up big plays and easy rush lanes? They didn’t have many big plays against the Pats but still won. Every game is different. The cool thing is the Dolphins are actually being noticed for their big play ability so I appreciate that comment.

  10. The best team in September. The real season starts in November and that’s when good teams hit their stride.

  11. Unless the Bills decide to employ the “dont worry about covering Hill or Waddle beyond 15 yards” defense that the Ravens employed, the Dolphins wont be close.

  12. Kya Tropic says:
    September 20, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Unless the Bills decide to employ the “dont worry about covering Hill or Waddle beyond 15 yards” defense that the Ravens employed, the Dolphins wont be close.

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    With the speed Hill and Waddle have, the Bills’ defence may not be able to prevent Miami’s receivers from getting behind the DBs.

  13. Josh Allen is the new Tom Brady, the patriots are the new Browns, and belicheat without Bradys coattails to ride is the new Jeff Fisher. All of this was blatantly obvious befor the season.

  14. The best team in September. The real season starts in November and that’s when good teams hit their stride.
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    This comment has lost steam. Your guys will have 6-7 losses by then. Tough to overcome.

  15. It always ends bitterly in Buffalo and the greater the expectations the worse it will be come February.

  16. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 20, 2022 at 3:33 pm
    The best team in September. The real season starts in November and that’s when good teams hit their stride.

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    Just remember Tua is now 4-0 against your Pats. That means Miami is beating them in September and December. Have a good day!

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