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Oct 16, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (left) and Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (right) both celebrate from Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (not pictured) during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 30-15. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

After winning four games in a row, the Buffalo Bills will try to keep up their winning momentum when they face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, at 1 p.m.

Watching Out for The QB

The Miami Dolphins are heading into Week 7 of the season with the focus of taking care of their quarterback. The Dolphins have only been able to accumulate 1,409 passing yards and are ranked 20th overall. Of course, Ryan Tannehill has a lot to do with that stat. Tannehill has seven interception coming into this game. In order to improve his offensive reads and increase his touchdown total (6), he will need to have better mobility to let the passes flow through the No. 14 ranked defensive team in passing yards allowed (1,452).

Oct 16, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) yells out fro the line of scrimmage during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) yells out fro the line of scrimmage during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Just Let It Rush

This will be a game of contrasts in the rushing department. On the one hand, the Buffalo Bills are the No. 1 rushing offense in the league with 999 rushing yards total. On the other hand, the Miami Dolphins have the second worst defense against the rush in the league with 882 rushing yards allowed. The Buffalo Bills’ rushing dominance is mainly because of the hard work from LeSean McCoy; his body movement and quick decision-making has allowed him to rush for 587 yards. But due to a hamstring injury, McCoy may not start Sunday’s game, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) is helped to his feet after being injured during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) is helped to his feet after being injured during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Force Taylor to Pass the Ball

The Miami Dolphins’ secondary team will have the chance to play at a high level against the passing for the first time this season – taking into account that they are the No. 13 ranked defense with 1,420 passing yards allowed. They are in a good spot this week because the Buffalo Bills are the second worst passing offense with 1,026 passing yards. Tyrod Taylor, Bills’ quarterback, will have to excel when setting the pace for the offense and using his quickness when running the ball in order to survive without McCoy this weekend.

Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs the ball during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Buffalo beat San Francisco 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs the ball during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Buffalo beat San Francisco 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

This game might be pivotal for both teams in their journey to a playoff spot in the AFC East. A win for the Buffalo Bills will put some pressure in the division leaders, the New England Patriots, while a win by the Miami Dolphins will mean an opportunity for them to be competitive and relevant in the spotlight.

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