Late Tannehill fumble opens door for Bills victory

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The Dolphins cut down on the amount of sacks they allowed on Sunday, but it was still one too many for them to snap their losing streak.

Mario Williams sacked Ryan Tannehill in Dolphins territory with just over two minutes left to play and Kyle Williams recovered the ensuing fumble to set the Bills up in great field position. Their running game, dormant to that point in the proceedings, churned up enough yards to move into position for a 31-yard Dan Carpenter field goal and Carpenter nailed it to give the Bills a 23-21 victory over his former team.

The choice to have Tannehill throwing in that spot, as well as on a previous drive that went three incompletions and out, is likely to bring some criticism in Miami. The Dolphins had one of their best running days of the year with Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller combining for 103 yards on 21 carries while Tannehill was being held in check, so the decision not to work some clock and protect a lead against a team quarterbacked by Thad Lewis is curious.

That won’t be the only question. Tyson Clabo was beaten for the fateful sack and gave up another sack to Mario Williams earlier, continuing a dreadful year at right tackle. There will be calls to replace him after the Dolphins chose to keep their line intact coming out of the bye. It had been a strong first three quarters for the blockers, but the fourth quarter breakdowns will keep the issue in the forefront.

Tannehill’s three turnovers are some more grist for the mill in Miami, which means it will be a long week for coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.

It was a slog for the Bills offensively for much of the day, but they didn’t make blunders that would make it harder for their defense to remain in the game. And the defense did just that thanks to Nickell Robey’s interception return for a touchdown and the late fumble that got them in position for a victory.

46 responses to “Late Tannehill fumble opens door for Bills victory

  1. I overestimate a team every season and this year it looks like Miami. Three straight losses, two at home, one after a bye seems like more than a rough patch. This is supposed to be the”easy” part of the schedule. You have to beat the Thad Lewis led Bills at home.

  2. If you can’t win at home, coming off a bye week, playing against an undrafted rookie qb then your not very good. Yes the oline is not good but Fumblehill has to hold onto the ball.

  3. I’ve been pleased overall with the Fins’ offseason acquisitions , but losing this one probably deep sixes their playoff hopes. I know it’s early and there’s a lot of football still left to be played , but this will likely cast a pall over the team that they won’t recover from until the offseason. You had two weeks to prepare for a team that was starting its third string QB , you had ’em in a 1:00 PM kickoff in the South Florida heat , you almost completely stuffed their running game . . . and you still lose ? Sorry , guys , but this was more than just a loss today ; it may prove to be the knockout blow for the young team’s confidence.

  4. If you can’t beat Buffalo then you shouldn’t even have a NFL team
    That is so pathetic….at home….against that QB?
    See ya next year Miami…if the NFL even let’s you back

  5. I got 13 points starting Freddy Jackson and 18 more starting the Bills DST.

    Everybody knows the ‘phins are weak.

  6. We’ll done bills you won fair and square with a banged up backfield and a 2nd string QB. Luckily for you you played a team today with a buffoon for an offensive play caller and a team with enough knuckle heads to help you to your victory. On the other hand if you had a healthy backfield and your no 1 QB was playing you would have done us comfortably.

  7. craniator…. you wrong.

    Philbin has the team on the right track.

    The Dolphins still need some pieces that was obvious at the beginning of the season… but… the AFC East is still open.

    Buffalo’s Defense is good.

  8. If I was a Fin fan from Virginia I’d feel like an idiot. Actually any Fin fan under the age of 45 has ZERO recollection of winning a title. That would be sad if it wasn’t so pathetic.

  9. What a disgrace losing at home to the bills what was clearly a winnable game.

    I predict:

    1. Dolphins finish 7-9, if lucky

    2. Ross fires Ireland

    3. New GM fires Philbin and brings his own coach

    4. New coach “rebuilds” along his system ensuring 5 more years of mediocrity until he and new GM are fired and start over again.

  10. Every team have a game high in rushing vs the bills. I don’t get why people are doubting Lewis he hasn’t done anything different Manuel could do

  11. How many times has tannehill passed under center all year? Either he has bad footwork and cant complete a 5 step drop or its the play calling…. No offensive line or particular lineman can get that bad that quick , the kine is not great but its serviceable

  12. Sad part is Manuel wouldn’t do any better. We want him back just for the reps. Its a wash year. But I will root like they could go to the Super bowl. I predict a heart condition for me in the future.

  13. Buffalo DEFENSE is refusing to lose. While the QB sitch is getting straightened out the Williams D is sticking it to our rivals. While you won’t see us in this year’s playoffs, Buffalo is FINALLY back to retake the reigns from Brady & Co. Eat it, AFC East!!!

  14. There is no winning attitude on this team…they are of the mindset to make a few tackles, catch a few ball, run a few yards and collect a paycheck in sunny South Florida. Winning? What is THAT and why??

  15. When you let quality players go and then replace them with less talented , this is what you get. Since Parcells left, I can count on one hand (with a couple fingers folded in) the impact players Ireland has drafted or signed. Not to mention the poor job hiring a coach.

  16. Kind of fitting that the two pretenders that I called out after the first 3 weeks have stories appearing back to back here. Miami won’t even be in the playoff picture when it’s said and done. If Manuel’s not hurt, right now, they’re in the cellar and still headed that way anyway. You’re not going to win anything with a stinky offesnive line like they have and an inability to run the ball without an elite QB, which Tannehill is not nor ever will be.

  17. Just because an O-Lineman gets beat by Mario Williams doesn’t mean he’s terrible. Williams has regained his form this season and is whipping his foes every week.

  18. Ok, watched every snap this year and it is obvious something needs to change.
    1) Can Philbin motivate a team? Being all stoic is all fine and good, but you just came off a bye week against what should have been a decent win and you looked like a tired clueless team.
    2) Sherman no longer gets the new NFL. Time to move on Tannehill is aclimated to the nfl now, time to find somone that takes his talents to new heights
    3) If this offseason doesn’t 100% focus on the O line, everyone needs to get fired! That includes Ross having to sell the team.
    4) I could go on, but I am getting angrier as I type……lol

  19. And you can’t blame Tannehill for that fumble, do you think anybody would have held on to that ball with the wack Williams gave him in the arms?? He scared the cr@p out of us Bill’s fan on that last play, he should have been sacked well before he passed it.

  20. That was a good play by Williams. I doubt any QB would have held on to that ball. It’s easy to second guess play calls after the fact and I agree that it was questionable considering the circumstances but overall the calls were better. The execution was better for the most part.

    The main reason they look sluggish is because they telegraph run or pass at the snap. They have all year. If Tannehill says “Go-Go” it is a run every time (including the QB draw). One “Go” and it is a pass every time. “Every” is not an exaggeration, I verified it throughout this game. The defense can ignore the run AND the play action simply by listening to the snap call. If the defensive line knows they can rush the QB without worrying at all about the run, it is no wonder there have been so many sacks. If they hear “Go-Go” the safeties and LBs can crash the line and stuff the run. That is exactly what has been happening to the Dolphins and if they do not fix it, it will be tough to beat any NFL team.

  21. Finfan68, the dolphins have been using ‘go’ for a pass and ‘go go’ for a run since last year. It just goes to show that Mike Sherman is clueless.

  22. Just looking for the Trolls of Summer who were on the Jets board daily.

    Surely you remember,

    2-14 season prediction to get Clowney
    Buttfumble
    Rex
    Circus
    Feet
    Gee-No
    Wrecks

    Just saying.

  23. Was at the game. Definitely wasn’t full but there were less Bills fans than usual so the Dolphins fans seemed louder than usual. Was happy to see Carpenter get the game winner because for some reason the fans booed him even though he was cut and didn’t choose to leave. Plus it was really hot out today, I give props to my boys for dealing with the heat and them blues jerseys. I lost 3 pounds and I was just sitting in the stands lol.

  24. ghjjf, I noticed it last year but it didn’t seem to be as obvious as this year. I had never heard a QB call for the ball with “go” before. I really wish he would change that. It doesn’t seem like he could easily do a hard-count…actually, I don’t ever remember him doing that in the 2 years he has been the Dolphins QB. They might want to give that a try also.

  25. Nice win in an ugly game. The only thing is i would trade in this win for Manuel reps. In any case, we are still headed for a top 5 pick, but I am unsure of who I would want to draft that high.

  26. Sherman needs to go while Tannehill is still young, the guy is a buffoon. I don’t blame Tannehill for the fumble because what the f were they doing throwing the ball all the damn time, especially with a lead in the fourth quarter. The whole gameplan was a disaster, the Bills run defense is a joke, so thankfully we barely tested that(and quite successfully when we did) and instead we spent the whole game playing to their strengths(pass-rush and DBs).

  27. I’m no coach, but if you have the less and the ball with a few mins to go, you run the ball and make them burn their time out’s, not pass 3 times and punt, then get the ball back with 2 mins to go and drop back to pass again on 2nd down….Sherman needs to go.

    Good news is the line only allowed 2 sacks to one of the best sack teams in the league, bad news is they allowed them at the worst time.

    Like the way tanne shrugged off those first two picks and led his team back with 3 td’s. Wish I could see this team play with a competent o line and play calling.

  28. Sherman’s play calling has been awful this season!!! Everyone know’s Miami’s O-Line is bad, if Sherman does not make better calls he needs to go before the season is over!!!
    This loss is really bad for the Dolphins and another area which the Dolphins need to improve on has been exposed…..playcalling!!!

  29. In 6 years Jeff Ireland can only get 1 solid offensive lineman? Tyson Clabo needs to go! The genius that is Jeff Ireland did the exact same thing 2 years ago when he signed revolving door, Marc Colombo. Ireland is the problem, he keeps making the same mistake, he lets go of quality players like Jake Long, Reggie Bush & Brandon Marshall without a backup plan. He thinks he can replace these guys with cheap free agents that teams release. There’s a reason that they are so cheap, they’re usually shot. He needs to go already & if Mike Sherman keeps up the terrible play calling it would be wise to let him walk.

  30. Did anybody see how our LT got picked up and thrown to the side. Our no.3 pick has no power moves to the Qb. Play calling is a college offense. Defense just can’t stop the slants and blitz every down some creativity that is. Owner comes out and extend this jackass for 3 more years what a great team says the Owner.

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