Having to quickly put Monday night’s impressive win over the Patriots behind them, the Dolphins now move on to the Bills and their game in Buffalo this week. And, it’s definitely going to be a challenge to get anything useful out of last week’s Bills-Colts game tape.
In one of the biggest snow storm games in the NFL in recent memory, the Bills trudged, waddled and splashed their way through the white powder and outlasted the Colts, eventually winning in overtime 13-7 to keep their AFC playoff hopes alive.
The problem for the Dolphins in trying to get anything useful out of the “All 22” Coach’s tape? You can’t really see much.
As Pro Football Talk laid out on Wednesday morning, the Colts upcoming opponent Thursday night, the Broncos, have already be-moaned that because of the blizzard like snow falling throughout the game, the Colts wearing all white on the snow covered field, etc., the tape shot 300 feet above the field, has no real value.
Coach Vance Joseph told the media, “We tried to watch it, but you can’t, you can’t see it. They’re are wearing all white, it wasn’t worth watching. I watched about 15 plays and …we pulled it out of our breakdown.”
Aside from visibility, the conditions made it as such, that the two teams Sunday adjusted their normal formations, and play calling and began to play much more basic, conservative football. There was more running and short passing out of necessity. And, any success was almost built on one on one individual effort to fight through the one-two feet of snow to simply make a play.
So, from a game-plan standpoint what you saw from both is not a typical game at all. And, the Bills were down to third string QB Joe Webb, who tried at times to throw without much success (even though his team was in more visible Red on Red jerseys and pants).
They did end up winning on the LeSean McCoy TD run in the OT, as he waded through the small snowdrift on his way to the end zone.
So, what will the Dolphins study instead?
Well, last year’s two victories over Buffalo are fine in the media guide, but since first year Bills coach Sean McDermott is running a new scheme with new coaches, you can’t get much from those games, either.
So, coach Adam Gase and staff, are likely looking more at the Bills recent games: their 23-3 decisive loss at home to the Patriots two weekends ago, and their 16-10 win at Kansas City the week before.
It’s still uncertain mid week if Bills starting QB Tyrod Taylor can play with his sprained knee or if it will be backups Nathan Peterman or Joe Webb, again.
Also, uncertain is the forecast for this weekend in Western New York.
There is a chance, again of snow on Saturday afternoon and night. Then on Sunday, the high will only be 36 degrees with a feels like in the mid-upper 20’s and there is a chance also of snow and rain-wintery mix in the afternoon.
It is not expected to be anywhere near the arctic wonderland of last Sunday at New Era Field, but still nasty conditions for a must win game for both teams.
Welcome to December football in the North!
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