Orchard Park, New York is the site of the opening week game between the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The forecast for this game is pretty dismal, a mild and rainy day, which means both teams rushing attacks will be featured. After winning the AFC East in 2008, the Dolphins managed to win just seven games in 2009. The Bills struggled to get anything going last season, and wound up finishing the year at 6-10. The Dolphins and Bills will kick things off at 1PM EST Sunday afternoon in what should be a heated affair.
The Fins come into this season with a solid club and should be in contention for a playoff position come late December. Head coach Tony Sparano has entrenched 3rd year signal caller Chad Henne as the starter and all of the analysis and discussion has been about how this may be the best quarterback they have had since Marino torched the Florida skies. Complemented by their double headed rushing attack of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams as well as the ex-Bronco outcast WR Brandon Marshall this Dolphins offense should be fairly lethal. ILB Karlos Dansby was brought over in free agency from the Cardinals to shore up the middle of the Dolphins defense and provides a voice of leadership in an otherwise young unit.
The Buffalo Bills enter the 2010 season with a lot of questions and arguably without a true identity. Chan Gailey is entering his first season at the helm of this club and finds himself in charge of a small quarterback controversy, as well as a running back debacle. For now, it looks as though QB Trent Edwards and rookie RB C.J. Spiller have won these positions respectively but it will be interesting to see as the season wears on if these controversies arise again. The Bills had a fairly lack-luster preseason riddled with inconsistent play and offensive ineptness. One bright spot was the first round pick out of Clemson, C.J. Spiller, who looks as though he can bring an element of energy and speed to this offense. The Bills are a couple of years away from truly being considered as legitimate AFC East contenders but they should be able to compete and fight in most of their games this season.
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Dolphins vs Bills Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Miami Dolphins -3
@Buffalo Bills +3
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Dolphins vs Bills Prediction for Week 1 Betting:
Spread Prediction (Top Play) – The Dolphins are just too highly skilled and talented for the Buffalo Bills to have a legitimate shot in this one. I believe that the weather will have a profound impact in this game and it bodes well for Miami as their wildcat offense should be in full effect and will be able to torch the Bills underachieving defensive front. The Fins own a 12-6 (.667) all-time record against the Bills in September and I believe that record strengthens this Sunday. My play is on the visitors this weekend, I would call it the closest thing to a lock. PREDICTION – DOLPHINS -3
Over/Under Prediction – I believe there is too much offensive explosion and too many defensive uncertainties pertaining too both of these clubs for this game not to get over the 38.5 points. The two games last year leaped over the game totals and I expect much the same this Sunday afternoon. I look for the Dolphins to have a very aggressive and successful day on the ground and should be able to rack up some points. The Bills offense wont be inept, however, C.J. Spiller looks like the real deal and I look for him to get his share of touches in this game and he can hit a homerun at anytime. Take a look at the over.