The Bills may not be going to the playoffs this season, but they can console themselves with dealing a blow to the Dolphins’ chances of making the playoffs.
Buffalo completely shut down the Miami offense on Sunday afternoon, holding the Dolphins to just 103 yards of total offense in a completely dysfunctional performance at exactly the wrong time. Winning out guaranteed the Dolphins a playoff spot, but now they’ll have to see what happens with the Ravens against the Patriots later on Sunday to see where things stand for them.
If they wind up on the outside looking in, the offensive line that has caused trouble on and off the field all season for Miami will be a leading reason. The Dolphins allowed seven sacks, twice as many hurries and Ryan Tannehill left the game briefly with a knee injury after one of the sacks. The running game didn’t exist, either, and the Dolphins offense laid an egg across the board.
Kyle Williams bullied the Dolphins up the middle for two sacks and Buffalo added three more on blitzes by defensive backs as Miami seemed totally befuddled about how to keep the rushers from collapsing the pocket. It’s not a good look for any team, but it’s especially bad when worn by one with playoff aspirations.
If the Ravens win and the Chargers lose, those aspirations will expire and the first offseason priority in Miami should be an obvious one.