1 – Will turnovers again be the story between Bills and Dolphins?
Buffalo’s recent success against the Dolphins can largely be attributed to one aspect of the game - turnovers.
The Bills, who are 7-3 against Miami in their last 10 meetings, have not turned the ball over to the Dolphins since Week 16 of the 2013 season. Since that win, Buffalo has taken care of the football when facing off against Miami, something that has allowed them to dominate the heated rivalry.
While the Bills have been incredibly secure with the ball in recent matchups with the Dolphins, Miami has struggled to maintain possession. They’ve turned the ball over 18 times in their last 10 contests with the Bills, this compared to Buffalo’s two turnovers, both of which came in the 2013 season.
The Bills’ stretch of games without a giveaway against the Dolphins has already reached historic territory. No team has kept the ball away from a specific opponent for eight straight games since the statistic started to be recorded in 1950.
Buffalo will look to keep its streak alive this Sunday when they take on the Dolphins in a Week 13 matchup. The Bills enter the game on a general turnover-less streak, as they haven’t given the ball away since Week 9.
The capable Buffalo defense will look to force Miami to widen the turnover margin in the contest. The unit has totaled five interceptions over the last three games. Of course the Dolphins defense has been opportunistic this season. They rank second in the league in interceptions with 17.
2 - Dolphins DT: Kyle Williams is my guy
Many NFL players look at Buffalo defensive tackle Kyle Williams as a source of inspiration, a worthy role model who simply plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played.
Against all odds, Williams has constructed a lengthy career for himself. Coming out of LSU in 2006, he was labeled undersized. Though his talent was undeniable, whether or not he was cut out for the NFL was a serious question raised by some scouts.
Throughout the past 12 years, Williams has proven that he can not only play in the NFL - he can thrive in it.
Williams has recorded 598 tackles and 48.5 sacks throughout his 13 years in the league. The fifth-round draft pick who wasn’t supposed to succeed has appeared in the Pro Bowl six times. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2014.
When he has the opportunity, the Bills’ lineman likes to visit his alma mater, often training at the LSU campus during the offseason. It was during one of these visits that he met Davon Godchaux, a defensive tackle whom the Dolphins selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft.
A fellow LSU alum, Godchaux looks up to Williams.
“That’s my guy,” Godchaux said. “When I first saw Kyle, it was a funny story. I was a junior at LSU when I first saw Kyle and I said ‘Man, this guy is a football player?’ He had a collared shirt on and he looked like a guy who was just working like a mechanic.
“But I respect him so much and the things he’s done in Buffalo – Pro Bowl, All Pro. It speaks for itself. (He was) a fifth-round draft pick. It speaks for itself.”
3 - Tre’ White: Young core is doing a great job
Bills’ cornerback Tre’Davious White can perhaps be referred to as the foundation of Buffalo’s youth movement, the initial piece of the glistening young core that head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have constructed over the past two years.
Buffalo selected White in the first round of the 2017 draft, McDermott’s first at the helm of the team. The defensive back immediately made an impact for the team, recording 69 tackles, 18 pass deflections, and four interceptions as a rookie.
He’s followed up his auspicious rookie campaign with a stellar sophomore season, as he’s totaled 35 tackles and seven pass deflections through the first 11 games of the 2018 season.
Since White’s arrival, McDermott and Beane have built a young and talented roster around him. The two have brought in prospective franchise players at a number of key positions, including quarterback, middle linebacker, and left tackle.
White is proud to play on a young Buffalo team whose key players are already gaining valuable experience.
“When you look around the league, there aren’t too many Lorenzo Alexanders, or too many Kyle Williams in NFL locker rooms anymore,” White said. “Teams are starting to build younger and just trying to go up from there.
“I think we’re doing a great job with the quality of guys that we’re getting, then the way that they’re preparing and the way they’re going on the field and playing. It just goes to show that the front office knows what they’re doing, with how they scout players and how they’re developing. I think we’re doing a great job.”