This season, the Buffalo Bills are home to one of the most dominant defenses in the NFL, as they are currently allowing just 11.7 points per game in the three matchups they’ve played so far.
What’s made the performance of the Bills defense even more impressive this year is the fact that they been able to do it without the help of future Hall-of-Fame pass rusher Von Miller, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the middle of last season.
For as well as Buffalo’s defense has played this year, they are about to be put to the test in their next game on Sunday when they attempt to slow down the explosive offense of the Miami Dolphins.
Some believe the Bills won’t be able to keep up with the Dolphins this week without Miller on the field, but Buffalo defensive tackle Jordan Phillips thinks that couldn’t be further from the truth, via Around The NFL and NFL.com.
“I think it’s a joke. Like, one person doesn’t make our D-line. Von’s a Hall of Famer. He’s a great player. He makes us better. But we all have one beat of a drum, not just his drum.”
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 28, 2023
Phillips makes some good points, and the excellence of the Bills defense this season also gives doubters more evidence to turn to.
However, someone could easily point out that the level of competition Buffalo has faced this year hasn’t exactly been among the NFL’s best.
The Bills’ three opponents this season have a combined record of 4-5, and two of the three teams they’ve faced this year are currently among the three worst scoring offenses in the entire league (New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders).
So will Buffalo pass their test against Miami on Sunday, or will they prove their doubters right and fail miserably?NEXT: Nick Wright Snubs 1 AFC East Team As Viable Super Bowl Contenders