Bills' LeSean McCoy Expected To Play Against Dolphins
- Author: Julie Sanders Nov 02, 2016,
Nov 02, 2016, 17:23
The Bills (4-2) lead the league in rushing and McCoy is second in the NFL with 587 yards, behind only Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott.
On the offense, Buffalo is averaging 27.0 points and 337.3 yards per game. McCoy traveled with the Bills to Miami on Saturday.
The game was true to form, being a hard-fought, physical game for the majority.
"Well, we tried everything, believe me", Ryan said. A revenge game of sorts for the Miami Dolphins as they have swept a season ago in their two games against the Buffalo Bills.
They did so by relying on Jay Ajayi.
Ajayi changed the conversation by rushing for 204 yards against Pittsburgh and 214 on Sunday against Buffalo. In the past two weeks, he has 54 carries while becoming only the fourth player to rush for 200 yards in consecutive games, joining O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams. He has rewarded Gase's confidence in him with back-to-back 200+ yard passing games with zero interceptions and a game-sealing 66-yard touchdown catch-and-run to Kenny Stills this week. In turn, he has solidified his position as the lead back in the Dolphins offense. He atoned for failing to hang onto a deep ball earlier in the game by hauling in a heave from Ryan Tannehill at Buffalo's 39-yard line, then pivoting as two defenders crashed into each other to clear his path. "We had the numbers to our advantage, the kid made some good runs, ran through some tackles and they did a great job up front". Miami's drive was 7:32 long on 15 plays. The pass protection was shoddy as well. "What happened in the first week, it occurred and then after that it was more about just putting my head down, getting back to the grind, getting back to focusing and getting back to doing what I know I can do". The game is also airing on a live stream online on NFL Game Pass with (free trial). But it's only a matter of time if the protection continues to hold up.
Buffalo (4-3) soared from No. 31 to No. 9 in USA TODAY's rankings over the span of four weeks, but the Bills now sit at No. 13 heading into Week 8. Dan Carpenter kicked a field goal later in the drive to put the Bills on the board and tie the game at three.
When LeSean McCoy tweaked his hamstring in last week's win over San Francisco, within days, ESPN reported he was out for the following Sunday at Miami.
Who knows what McCoy's status will be moving forward, and if the Bills don't have him available, or at least healthy, their three-game gauntlet that starts next week at home against New England, and continues with brutally tough road games at Seattle and Cincinnati becomes all the more daunting. The team announced their inactivity on Sunday, and McCoy was not among them.