The Miami Dolphins don’t seem to get much respect in Western New York. All the Bills fans I talk to scoff at the Fish, even though they went 10-6 last year and beat the Bills twice. Now Ryan Tannehill is injured.
Bills fans are premature to chalk up wins over Miami. Coach Adam Gase was impressive in his first season at the helm last year and has more weapons than Sean McDermott. LeSean McCoy no doubt is better than Jay Ajayi, but Ajayi is a capable back.
Miami’s receiving corps is far superior to that of the Bills. Slot receiver Jarvis Landry is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and is in a contract year. Speedy Kenny Stills, who runs a 4.38 40, had nine TDs with a 17.3-yard average last year. Young DeVante Parker is 6-3, runs a 4.45 40 and caught 56 passes. Then Miami added tight end Julius Thomas, who produced 24 TDs in two years with Gase as his coordinator in Denver. Jay Cutler thrived under Gase in 2015, posting his second best completion percentage and his lowest full-season interception total. Cutler will be at least as good as Tannehill, probably better.