If there was any doubt that the Buffalo Bills gave up on the 2012 season, that level of doubt was totally removed when they were blown to bits by a 50-17 margin by the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15. Now, the team has to go on the road for a Week 16 meeting with the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.
These last two games of the season are probably an audition for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. He has only thrown for 2,935 yards and 22 TDs against 15 INTs this year, and that ratio just isn’t good enough at this level to win football games. The good news in this one is that he is going to be playing against a team that has allowed 247.9 yards per game on the campaign, ranking 26th in the league.
Fitzpatrick though, didn’t play well the first time around when these two met. The offense only mustered 281 total yards of offense, and he went 17-of-27 for 168 yards. RB CJ Spiller rushed for 91 yards on 22 carries in another underwhelming performance.
The good news for the Bills is that their defense and special teams dominated against the Fins. Not only did K Rian Lindell knock in all four of his field goal tries, but DB Leodis McKelvin returned the first punt of the game 79 yards for a touchdown.
The defense allowed just 184 total yards to the Dolphins in that first meeting, and the unit is going to need to do just as well this time around to get the job done.
Buffalo is a dog for NFL picks in Week 16, as it is lined at +4. The Dolphins at least have something to play for, as there is an outside chance to still get into the playoffs at 8-8. The ‘total’ for this game is set at 41 ½.