The upcoming Buffalo Bills (2-0) vs. Miami Dolphins (2-0) game on Sunday, September 25 has turned out to be one of the most exciting matchups of Week 3. Not only is a team no longer unbeaten, but viewers are likely to see an explosive offensive showdown between Bills star Josh Allen and Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
In the past two weeks, Allen has thrown for 614 yards and seven touchdowns with an average completion rate of 75.4% while Tagovailoa defies expectations. He has thrown for 739 yards and seven touchdowns with an average completion rate of 71.1%.
At a performance on Kyle Brandt’s basement On Wednesday, Sept. 22, Allen opened up about his AFC East rival’s performance for nearly 500 yards against the Baltimore Ravens last week, along with his candid if conflicting thoughts on the quarterback thriving under new head coach Mike McDaniel seems.
“They have some great players on their side of the ball and you know Tua is playing fantastic right now which as a Bills fan and Bills player sucks. You don’t want to see your division rivals win football games. But I’m proud of him for all the adversities, all the naysayers – I can relate to a lot of it. He’s playing really good football. I hate to see it but it’s doing him a lot of good.”
While Allen is understandably unenthusiastic that Miami is one of the six NFL teams unbeaten this season, on a personal level he had nothing but positive things to say about the 24-year-old Alabama grad.
“Every time I’ve interacted with him, he’s been the coolest and nicest person imaginable,” Allen told Brandt. “Again, it’s hard not to root for a guy like that. He just so happens to be in our department. You know, especially when he plays against us, we can’t support that.
While the Bills have beaten the Dolphins in the last seven straight matchups and go into Week 3 as 5.5-point favorites, Allen told Brandt that you have to stay extra vigilant when you’re going up against a division rival.
“Every year is different. Every game is different,” Allen said. “To see what they are and then if you play them – especially if it’s a division rival, play them twice a year, they’ll change it. They’ll give you looks they wouldn’t normally give because they know our tendencies, and we like to think we know their tendencies.
“So, both sides, making adjustments in the game and seeing how they’re going to play against us, that’s going to be key really early on. I’m just trying to figure out what situations they’re pressurizing in, what kind of pressure they’re pressuring, what we can do to counteract that, and then how we can play in the future.
While Allen seems capable of making any wide receiver look elite, with Stefon Diggs firing on all cylinders, it’s a duo that’s almost unbeatable. However, Diggs previously told Heavy Sports that the Bills’ defense will have their work cut out for them to defend wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
“I saw her offense. They look explosive,” Diggs told Heavy Sports. “They have two good receivers, two exceptional guys who look amazing out there. And Tua is out there throwing the ball with confidence. You have a good team. It will definitely be another test for us. We are looking forward to it. I have to prepare properly.”
Tagovailoa made a similar statement during a press conference on Wednesday. “We understand they are a really good team,” said Tagovailoa. “They are defensively strong, offensively explosive. So, I wouldn’t say we have a benchmark for how good these guys are… So let’s just look at how we’re playing and how we’ve played over the last two weeks. We’re going to go out there and do our best and get theirs.”
Hopefully the Bills No. 2 wide receiver, Gabe Davis, to be back on the field in Week 3 talk to reporters On Thursday, Davis said he was feeling “good” and “100%” optimistic he’d be ready to face the Dolphins on Sunday.