Matchup Watch: Dolphins at Bills
Jarvis Landry vs. Leonard Johnson
It's good that the Bills are getting their slot cornerback back. Johnson missed the Colts game with a sore knee but it didn't matter due to the winter weather. This week the Bills face one of the top slot receivers in the NFL in Landry. He's second in the NFL in catches with 88, and 50 of them have come from the slot. Landry is a good route runner and has strong hands. With an average of seven catches a game, Landry is not going to be shut down. Good tackling and tight coverage on third down will be key for Johnson. Only 23 of Landry's catches have come on third down.
Tyrod Taylor vs. Jay Cutler
Presuming the Bills can contain the Miami running game, the result could come down to which quarterback can keep drives alive and which one can protect the ball. Cutler has far more weapons at his disposal than Taylor. Miami is 19th in passing yards, Buffalo 31st. Miami would be higher if it wasn't 32nd in third down conversions (32.7 percent). Cutler has an elite arm. The knock on him is consistency and lack of discipline at times under pressure. He has 11 interceptions and one fumble (which Miami recovered) this year. Taylor has four interceptions and three fumbles (two lost).
Ndamukong Suh vs. Vlad Ducasse
Suh usually lines up over right guard, which pits him against Ducasse. Look for the Bills to give their eighth-year veteran some help from center Eric Wood when possible. Suh has freakish strength and athleticism. His 35.5-inch vertical jump might be an NFL Combine record for a 300-pounder. (J.J. Watt leaped 37 inches at 290 pounds.) But power is Ducasse's long suit. He has stabilized right guard since taking over for John Miller in Week Five. He has allowed only one sack so far. Ducasse faced Suh last year and while he allowed a couple hurries he held his own in a blowout win for Baltimore. Miami's D-line attacks. Maybe some misdirection runs can keep them honest.