Dolphins-Bills Preview: Brandon Marshall Hotter Than Jersey Shore In Miami

Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst ISeptember 10, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 21:  Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs after making a reception during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Miami @ Buffalo (plus-3)

What's hot in Miami, besides the escapades of the hot-tubbing, club-hopping, gelato-scooping wops of the Jersey Shore gang?

Well, the arrival of Brandon Marshall, expected to be Miami's big-play threat and ticket back into the playoffs, is creating quite a buzz. Marshall was acquired for the Broncos for a 2010 second-round pick and a 2011 second-round pick, plus baggage to be realized later.

"People aren't quite sure what to make of the 'Brandon Marshall experiment,'" Marshall said. "It's more than an experiment, it's a way of life. Unlike Snookie, I'm no 'guinea pig.'

"I look forward to playing for Tony Sparano. I support all Italian-Americans, and I'm a loyal, card-carrying member of the Grenade-Free Foundation."

The Dolphins will face the Bills, a team in transition, with a new coach, Chan Gailey, taking over for the pink slip-wearing Dick Jauron.

With a loyal fanbase, as well as the musical backing of hometown icons the Goo Goo Dolls and dynamic weapon C.J. Spiller, Gailey will try to restore the Bills to AFC East relevance.

"I like our 'Chan-ces,'" said Gailey. "Spiller is the most dangerous offensive weapon Buffalo's had in a while. He's a cross between O.J. Simpson and Thurman Thomas. When his career is done, I expect him to end up somewhere between the Hall of Fame and total disgrace."

Spiller is impressive in his regular-season debut, scoring on a 24-yard screen pass, but Marshall scores twice for the 'Fins; thus easing a contentious relationship with Miami general manager Jeff Ireland, forged earlier when Marshall asked if Ireland's mother was a prostitute.

Miami wins, 24-19.