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Dolphins offense still stagnant in loss to Bills

C.J. Spiller AP

It might be time to put the Miami Dolphins offense on the side of a milk carton because it continues to be missing in action.

Their playoff hopes may have disappeared as well.

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd and linebacker Bryan Scott each intercepted Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill inside the final two minutes of play to thwart a Dolphins fourth quarter rally in a 19-14 win Thursday night.

Miami (4-6) is now three games back in the loss column of current wild-card leaders Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, who are both 6-3 on the season.

In the last two games, the Dolphins have played two of the worst defenses in the league in Buffalo (4-6) and Tennessee and only managed to score one offensive touchdown. Miami suffered a touchdown drought of over nine quarters dating back to their game in Indianapolis two weeks ago before Tannehill connected with wide receiver Davone Bess for a 2-yard touchdown with 8:48 left in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins failed to even cross midfield until late in the third quarter. When they finally did cross into Bills’ territory, Dan Carpenter clanked a 50-yard field goal off the right upright.

But the Dolphins offense finally broke through and got into the end zone on the next possession to end the streak. Tannehill led the Dolphins on an 11-play drive aided by two defensive penalties to move inside the Bills’ 10-yard line. Tannehill found Bess for a score to pull Miami within 19-14 with under nine minutes to play.

Bills punter Shawn Powell pinned the Dolphins on their own 1-yard line to force Miami to have to go 99 yards for the go-ahead score with under five minutes to play. Instead, Byrd came up with a spectacular diving interception of Tannehill to shut down the Dolphins’ drive. Miami held Buffalo to a three-and-out to get the ball back with 1:24 left to play, but Tannehill was intercepted again to seal the win for Buffalo.

Buffalo’s offense wasn’t much better, but did enough to get the victory. Punt returner Leodis McKelvin took a Brandon Fields punt 79 yards to the house after the Dolphins opening possession to give the Bills a 7-0 lead. Kicker Rian Lindell then connected on his first of four field goals on the night to give the Bills a 10-0 lead.

Marcus Thigpen scored the only points of the first half for the Dolphins on a 96-yard kick return on the ensuing kick to pull Miami back within three.

It’s not going to get any easier for the Dolphins’ offense to get back on track. Next week, Miami plays host to the Seattle Seahawks and their defense, which is ranked fourth-best in the NFL allowing just 296.8 yards and 16.1 points per game. Buffalo heads to Indianapolis to take on the Indianapolis Colts.

Lindell was 4 for 4 on field goals on the night connecting on kicks from 32, 34, 42 and 19 yards.

In Fred Jackson’s absence, running back C.J. Spiller carried 22 times for 91 yards to lead the way for the Bills. Ryan Fitzpatrick out-dueled Tannehill for the night as well completing 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards.

Tannehill was 14 of 28 for 141 yards and a touchdown, but his two interceptions late proved costly.

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26 Responses to “Dolphins offense still stagnant in loss to Bills”
  1. channingtaintum says: Nov 16, 2012 12:06 AM

    Anyone remember 12 days ago when all the Experts were telling us the Dolphins were gonna make their way into the playoffs behind their Coach of the Year?

  2. rodster213 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:09 AM

    Philbin was an idiot to bench Matt Moore.

  3. chase457 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:23 AM

    Defense was awesome! If the offense could score would have been a blow out.

  4. forthrightmc says: Nov 16, 2012 12:23 AM

    The Dolphins tried to trick us into thinking they were good early in the year. Looks like they need more time to fix things.

  5. dutchhmaster says: Nov 16, 2012 12:26 AM

    I love Hartline, but we need a receiver who can separate. Oh yeah, also need to get a CB and the OL needs a lot of work.

    I know some people will, but this loss cannot be pinned on Tannehill. He had little help.

    At least we have a lot of cap space and five early draft picks. That’s a start.

  6. FinFan68 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:36 AM

    Nolan Carroll was still holding a Bills receiver in the parking lot on the way to the bus.

    Tannehill seems more at ease in the hurry-up offense. Mayock hit the nail on the head during the broadcast. The Dolphins have no deep threat so the D stacks the box. The fins are basically running a red zone offense the length of the field. Reshad Jones had a very good game.

    Congrats to the Bills. They were the better team tonight.

  7. jro4513 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:36 AM

    I know Tannehill is a rookie and he’s the future but I think they should
    at least give Matt Moore a chance right now. He looked good in relief for the Jets game and was awesome last year. They have to change it up somehow. Remaining schedule is not easy. Maybe two wins left if they keep playing offense like this!

  8. colinmc82 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:39 AM

    I don’t believe it’s reasonable to call it an offense anymore. They’re more like Switzerland… A neutral entity that chooses not to interfere with any potential opponents

  9. norcal031 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:40 AM

    Is it just me or are these Thursday nite games just hard to watch. It seems like guys are just laboring out there and the quality of the games looks like crap compared to Sunday. That article about Dwight Freeney says it all. Guys can’t walk wed. But are to play Thursday??? And dont give me the they make millions stuff either. What is the NFL doing. If they want to continue Thursday nite give both teams a bye comming into the game or something……

  10. ancylostoma says: Nov 16, 2012 12:56 AM

    Tanehill is terrible..

  11. phinsfan66 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:56 AM

    Can you say train wreck?! This team has some of the worst tackling and discipline you will ever see on special teams and defense. They have no one on the defense who can catch a football. Dansby talks big, plays bad. Carroll, Wilson, and Smith would drop the ball if you put it in their hands. Smith FINALLY got benched for R.J. Stanford. The offensive line is going to get the RB’s and Tannehill killed before the year is over, and they just have not a SINGLE offensive threat on offense. Short of that, they are in great shape… Just atrocious on all fronts…

  12. stlpimp says: Nov 16, 2012 1:00 AM

    Where is mfins at bragging about how great Tannehill is? Did he even throw for 100 yards tonight? Another 2 picks … Yeah he is the answer….

  13. skoobyfl says: Nov 16, 2012 1:06 AM

    Money in the Bills bank.

  14. phinfan says: Nov 16, 2012 1:27 AM

    these things happen when Refs aren’t fair. Or maybe fair isn’t the word… lets just say I’m thinking they wore Buffalo uniforms.

  15. raiderspride says: Nov 16, 2012 1:32 AM

    Cameron Wake is a very good ball player. I was focusing on 91 when the T,V, camera allowed me to. He should have had three sacks instead of one. He was being held big time. I figure there are more diamonds in the rough playing in Canada.

  16. oldcat157 says: Nov 16, 2012 1:40 AM

    The Dolphin’s QB is a joke. He’s in line to follow the footsteps of Brady Quinn/Joey Harrington and the many other first round QB busts. He does not have the ‘it’ factor and its very clear.

    Next year he will be even worse and be officially labeled a bust.

    Not trying to hate. Just keeping it real.

  17. thelastpieceofcheese says: Nov 16, 2012 5:46 AM

    Congratulations bills’ fans on your win.

    Unfortunately for you, your team isn’t going anywhere, you lost a spot in next year’s draft and you have to return to your rotund women.

  18. burrito12 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:39 AM

    There was a NFL game last light??

  19. wwwmattcom says: Nov 16, 2012 7:22 AM

    As a bills fan, that was an ugly game. The Bills defense and special teams won it. Which is odd. The offense coudlnt get it going and overused the screen game and failed to use the wildcat effectively. It was nice to see the dolphins play cause I hadn’t yet this year.
    It wasn’t an uplifting win. Some ref calls were BS against the fins but there was no effect on points for the bad calls. 4 field goals?
    Chan, google how other teams get into the endzone. Pitiful.

  20. nav711 says: Nov 16, 2012 7:22 AM

    Stupid Dolphins fans were already comparing Tannehill to Brady. I can only compare him to Sanchez.

  21. dutchhmaster says: Nov 16, 2012 7:57 AM

    Good game Bills fans. It’s too bad the defense couldn’t wait a week to wake up. To those saying Tannehill sucks, cut it out. He had no help yesterday.

  22. steelerdeathstar says: Nov 16, 2012 9:05 AM

    It seems Tannehill hasn’t played well ever since that leg injury a few games back.

  23. toolkien says: Nov 16, 2012 9:13 AM

    No mention of Mike Sherman? The man who undid the Wolf years in Green Bay? The man who aced himself out of a HC job in AZ because he demanded too much money? The man who intrepid led Texas A&M to a .500 record and no bowl victories in 4 years (and I bet they’re kicking themselves letting Sherman get away)? And now off to a 3-6 record with his own hand selected QB?

  24. RexCanCoach says: Nov 16, 2012 9:57 AM

    Sanchez > Tannehill

  25. crillbill says: Nov 16, 2012 2:43 PM

    Sign Terrell Owens

  26. crillbill says: Nov 16, 2012 2:45 PM

    Move Tannehill back to WR like in college?

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