OPINION: Howard Picks the Bills: Week 3

How much does Howard Simon's picks change following the Bills' 35-0 throttling of the Dolphins this past Sunday?

Sunday in South Florida was exactly the bounce-back performance the Buffalo Bills needed following their season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium.

Thanks, in large part, to a stellar performance by the defense, the Bills managed to blank the Miami Dolphins by a 35-0 score at Hard Rock Stadium. Buffalo's defensive group didn't let the Dolphins produce very much offensively throughout the afternoon, as Miami totaled just 216 yards of offense.

The Bills were able to put up its largest margin of victory in a shutout since the 1992 season, while also beating an AFC East rival by the widest margin in franchise history. The win also marks Buffalo's sixth-straight victory over the Dolphins, which is tied for the longest streak over Miami in team history.

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While the offense was able to get out early on the Dolphins and put up 35 points in the victory, the passing game - led by fourth-year quarterback Josh Allen - has still looked sloppy through the first two games of 2021.

Allen was not terrible for the Bills in this game, as he threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns to help his team win its first game of the 2021 campaign. However, he only managed to complete 17-of-33 pass attempts (51.5%) and was picked off once, while throwing a number of other passes that came close to turnovers.

Although Sunday's game was not perfect, by any means, Buffalo will hope to put together a more complete effort this coming Sunday when the Washington Football Team arrives to Orchard Park for a matchup at Highmark Stadium.

For Washington, it will be coming into the contest well-rested after playing this past Thursday in a late 30-29 win over the New York Giants at FedEx Field. This comes after the team dropped its season-opening matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Heading into Sunday's meeting, Washington will have to turn to Taylor Heinicke at quarterback once again after starter - and former Bills quarterback - Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a hip injury in Week 1 that will keep him out of the lineup for some time. Heinicke has fared well in his brief action this season, completing 73.8% of his pass attempts for 458 yards and three touchdowns to one interception.

Howard Simon was just as confident as the Bills in their Week 2 matchup with Miami. He picked the Bills to bounce back after their loss to Pittsburgh, and had Buffalo finishing the 2021 campaign with a 12-5 record.

As the page now turns to Washington this Sunday, Howard is feeling much more confident in the Bills' future outlook this season. He has picked the Bills to not only beat Washington for their first home win of the year, but also has Buffalo back up at a 13-4 overall record.

Be sure to follow along on Twitter for the latest picks from Howard by using the hashtag #HowardPicksTheBills. You can also track all of Howard's picks throughout the season with Brayton Wilson's picks tracker on Twitter: @BJWilsonWGR.

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