Week 17 pre­views:

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Nick Wo­j­ton

Anal­y­sis, pre­dic­tions, Danny Sheri­dan’s lines. Pages 13-20.

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, New Era Field, Or­chard Park, New York TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Bills by 3 ⁄2


Dol­phins’ keys to vic­tory: Ear­lier this season against the Bills, Dol­phins QB Ryan Tan­nehill had three touch­down passes de­spite just 137 yards pass­ing. He had plenty of time in the pocket that day. The offen­sive line has to give Tan­nehill time to find open­ings in Buffalo’s zone de­fense. The Bills’ pass rush hasn’t scared any­one this season either, so it’s not a tall task. De­fen­sively, Mi­ami has to keep an eye on Bills rookie QB Josh Allen. It tried to do so in their first meet­ing, but Allen had 135 yards rush­ing (a ca­reer high) on nine car­ries that day. Only one of those was a de­signed run that day.

Bills’ keys to vic­tory: The Bills’ offen­sive line has strug­gled all season. Allen is pres­sured far too of­ten, and the run­ning game has not had any holes. If the offen­sive line can keep Allen up­right, al­low­ing him to take deep shots, it will po­ten­tially open holes for Allen or Le­Sean McCoy via the ground game. De­fen­sively, the front seven needs to ap­ply more pres­sure. Op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs have had plenty of time to wait for routes to de­velop from their play­mak­ers. It has been a tough ask for Buffalo’s se­condary play­ers to hold their cov­er­age for such an ex­tended amount of time.

Matchup to watch: Bills’ Allen vs. Dol­phins LB Kiko Alonso. In the first meet­ing, Alonso was the one charged with watch­ing Allen. The rookie quar­ter­back put him in a spin cy­cle on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, lead­ing to his ca­reer rush­ing day.

Who wins? The Bills’ se­condary has bounced back a bit from their ugly day against Tan­nehill and the Dol­phins.

Bills, 27-20

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