Xavien Howard, Dolphins motivated to face Bills in Week 2
Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Expectations are high for the Miami Dolphins in 2021, and the team’s upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills appears to be viewed as a statement game for the team.

The Dolphins lost to the Bills 56-26 in the regular-season finale in 2020. That loss has remained on the mind of several Miami players. That includes cornerback Xavien Howard, who admitted he has had Sunday’s matchup against Buffalo circles on the calendar.

Sometimes revenge narratives can distract a team too much, so the Dolphins have to be careful here. That said, they’re coming in 1-0 off a win at New England, so confidence should be high. They haven’t shied away from expecting big things in 2021, either.

The Bills are coming in off a loss to Pittsburgh, and an 0-2 start would raise major red flags. Expect them to come out motivated here, too.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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