Miami vs Buffalo Preview
When- January 15, 12 PM, CBS
Where- Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Miami- 7 Seed (AFC East)
Strength of Schedule- 2 out of 32
Buffalo- 2 Seed (AFC East)
Strength of Schedule- 13 out of 32
Why Miami will win- It’s hard to find anything here. The Dolphins are starting a third-string QB on the road against an opponent playing inspired football. The defense, however, does boast one of the NFL’s strongest units against the run (103 ypg) and will need a strong performance against a deep and talented Buffalo backfield. Josh Allen has been INT prone with 14 on the year and to have a chance Miami needs to add to that total.
Why Buffalo will win- The Bills were already one of the favorites to reach the Super Bowl before S Damar Hamlin suffered a life-threatening injury against Cincinnati. Add that extra inspiration playing for Hamlin, who was recently discharged from the hospital, makes it hard to find any reason to go against the Bills in this one. Miami hasn’t had much of a rushing attack ranking 25th in the league (99.2 ypg) which could spell disaster for a young and inexperienced QB making his first career playoff start.
Eye Test Analytics Predicted Outcome- Buffalo by 16.38 points