Originally written December 21, 2012 on Phin Nation:
The Miami Dolphins owe the Buffalo Bills one, after losing 19-14 on Thursday Night Football, earlier this season.  The Dolphins lost that game, in large part, because they turned the football over 3 times and didn’t create any turnovers.  The Dolphins were pushed around by the Bills in that Thursday night loss and were held to just 60 rushing yards in that game.  If the Dolphins want to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, they will need to do a better job of protecting the football and running the football. Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com The Dolphins played well last week in all 3 phases of the game (except for the ugly Brandon Fields fake field goal pass!).  They’ll need to play a balanced game this week, establishing their running game against the Bills woeful run defense.  If the Dolphins can jump out to an early lead, they can rely on their defense to bring this one home.  Here’s our gameplan for what the Dolphins must to do beat the Bills and improve to 7-8 on the season: Run the Ball Effectively Last week, Reggie Bush posted a 100+ yard rushing performance, but half of his yards came on one run.  If you take that one run out, he averaged just over 2.5 yards per carry.  He needs to do better this week.  The Bills rank 30th in the NFL against the run and give up an average of 5.1 yards per carry.  In the first meeting between these two teams, the Bills shut down the Dolphins running attack and limited them to just 60 yards.  With Daniel Thomas out for the remainder of the season, Lamar Miller should get more touches, which I think can only help the team. Recently, the Dolphins have called a few running plays for Ryan Tannehill in spread-option style formations.  I like it because it keeps the defense guessing.  Let’s just hope that Sherman doesn’t get too crazy with these runs and keeps them limited to only a few per game.  For the Dolphins to improve on their 60 rushing yards in the last game, the offensive line will need to play more physical than they did in November.  The Dolphins were pushed around and there were no lanes for the running backs to run through.  If the big guys can win the battle up front, it’ll give the Dolphins runners a chance to make defenders miss beyond the line of scrimmage.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Report: Carson Palmer's nerve injury 'still lingering'

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Dolphins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.