MIAMI (AP) — The season is heading in opposite

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directions for the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills Thomas Sweeney Jersey Boys , which has brought them closer together in the AFC East standings.The Bills (4-7) have won two games in a row to stoke enthusiasm about their long-term outlook with rookie quarterback Josh Allen, while the Dolphins (5-6) have lost two straight and six of eight to sour their season.Both teams will likely be playoff spectators, as usual, but there will be a stark contrast in moods when the longtime rivals square off Sunday.Here are things to know about the 109th game between the Bills and Dolphins, and the first of two meetings in December:TRENDINGThe Bills have a shot at only their second three-game winning streak since September 2011. They’ve gained more than 300 yards in each of the past two games after failing to do so in the first six. And they finished strong last week, scoring twice in the fourth quarter to beat Jacksonville 24-21.That made the Bills 2-1 in one-score games. They beat Tennessee 13-12 in Week 5.“One of the things that you always want to check off year to year, especially when you first get into the transition of taking over, is that you develop the mindset to win close games,” second-year Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “You saw the Tennessee game, you saw this past week’s game, and we’re there as far as that goes. That’s a mindset that’s easier said than done.”Just ask the Dolphins, who blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead to lose for the second time this season last week at Indianapolis.“We gave it away,” running back Frank Gore said. “We should have won that game.”To keep their faint playoff hopes alive Infant Thomas Sweeney Jersey , the Dolphins need to beat the Bills twice, and then some.“For us to control our destiny, we have to win out,” running back Kenyan Drake said.MOTIVATEDThe matchup of sub-.500 teams may lack luster, but Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips said he’s fired up about it. Released by the Dolphins during Week 5, he said the move to Buffalo turned around his career, and he’s eager to settle old scores against Miami.“If you watch me play, I don’t hold anything back,” Phillips said. “I’m an emotional guy, and whatever happens happens. I’m not going to get any flags or anything like that, but I’m going to show my emotions.”Phillips will need to get on the field first. In seven games with Buffalo he has played 163 snaps.VERSATILEThe Dolphins are braced for the 6-foot-5 Allen as a multi-purpose threat after he set a Bills record by rushing for 99 yards against Jacksonville.“He had a run on a draw where he stiff-arms a defensive end, makes one of the DBs miss and then runs through one of the linebackers, all in 14 yards Thomas Sweeney Jersey Draft ,” Miami coach Adam Gase said. “That athletic ability just surprises people because of his size.”Allen’s counterpart, 30-year-old Ryan Tannehill, said he couldn’t offer any recollections regarding the challenges he faced as a rookie quarterback.“That was so long ago, I feel like I’m 90 compared to my rookie year,” Tannehill said with a laugh.PICKSA knack for takeaways has been the Dolphins’ strength. They rank second in the NFL with 17 interceptions, and cornerback Xavien Howard is tied for second in the league with five. Howard has nine interceptions in his past 16 games, the most of any player over that stretch.“If he can get his hands on it, he’s catching it,” Gase said. “That’s really the part you don’t see a ton with corners.”NEW STARMiami’s Leonte Carroo will likely see significant playing time because of injuries to the receiving corps. Carroo, who began the season on the practice squad, said he received almost 300 congratulatory text messages after making a 74-yard touchdown catch against Indianapolis.“It was a long wait for family and friends and college buddies to see me go out there and make a play,” Carroo said. “A lot of people back home and just everywhere showed me a lot of love.” A talented player and an outstanding match for Sean McDermott."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftAnalysisScouting ReportsQuinnen Williams is an ideal fit for Buffalo Bills’ defensive schemeNew,12commentsA talented player and an outstanding match for Sean McDermott.EDTShareTweetShareShareQuinnen Williams is an ideal fit for Buffalo Bills’ defensive schemeQuinnen Williams might be the best prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft Thomas Sweeney NFL Jersey , but due to positional needs he’s no lock for the top pick. There’s a chance he could slide down the draft to the point where the Buffalo Bills might entertain the thought of trading up for him. How would he fit the team, if they did land him? Let’s walk through what Williams could bring to Buffalo.Team FitDuring his last two years with the Carolina Panthers, McDermott paired Star Lotulelei, the massive defensive tackle now on Buffalo’s roster, with the speedier Kawann Short. Short, a second-round pick, exploded onto the scene and has two Pro Bowls under his belt thanks to big sack numbers and a penetrating style of play.Coming into the 2013 NFL Draft, Short measured 6’3”, 299 pounds with 34 3⁄4 -inch arms. With a short shuttle time of 4.65 seconds and a three-cone drill of 7.55 seconds.The Bills also drafted the 6’3” 307 pound Harrison Phillips, with 33 7/8” arms, a 4.5 short shuttle, and a 32” vertical leap.At 6’3” and 303 pounds, with 33 1/4” arms Thomas Sweeney NFL Draft , Williams is squarely in Buffalo’s wheelhouse. He’s a great athlete, too, with a 4.83 forty-yard dash, 30.5” vertical, and 112” broad jump.Williams played multiple alignments during his career at Alabama, and could definitely hold down a three-technique role for the Bills. He’s also known as a team player, who voluntarily redshirted and took on less glamorous nose tackle roles to open up opportunities for his teammates.Player comparisonFletcher Cox measured 6’4” 298 pounds against Quinnen’s 6’3” 303. Like Williams, Cox is a great athlete, and he developed impressive handfighting technique as a pro defensive tackle. Kawann Short might be an even better comparison. While he didn’t have a Combine workout, he measured 6’3” 299 with longer arms but similar hand size. Short’s selling point in college was his excellent pass rushing technique, his strength, burst, and versatility Thomas Sweeney Buffalo Bills Jersey , and his scouting report honestly reads very similarly to Williams’s. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising if Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were sold on this player.Sample Play: Base Strong Fire ZoneThis defensive playcall comes straight from Nick Saban’s playbook. If the Bills went with this exact look, they’d be switching up their personnel package slightly. Jordan Phillips and Harrison Phillips would both play as defensive ends, with Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander playing bookend outside linebacker roles. Middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds would be the blitzer in this scenario. Williams, playing nose tackle, would be pressuring from the A gap.Williams is able to disrupt plays even when lining up in a conservative zero-technique alignment. Even facing two blockers, it’s likely he’d knife between them and pressure the QB’s blind side. Edmunds should have a free gap with the left defensive end occupying the right guard. That allows Phillips and SLB Alexander to play contain and clean up any missed sacks.Williams is that rare, versatile talent on the defense who only shows up once every year or two. He’d fit pretty much every defense with Pro Bowl potential, and would be the perfect match for Buffalo’s missing interior pressure. If he somehow fell down the draft, the Bills drafting him would be a coup.

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