Final Game 10 Observations

The Dolphins have wrapped up their last practice in preparation for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas, but we would be remiss not to take our customary final look at the previous game, in this case the 35-8 rout of the Buffalo Bills.

• Truly, that was a good old-fashioned butt-whoopin'. The Dolphins made Buffalo look like a really, really bad team. Actually, the Bills are pretty bad right now as they keep losing player after player to injury.

• Even with that, it was a very impressive performance by Miami. In all phases.

• We'll start with the offense, where Matt Moore continues to impress at quarterback. The guy really throws a nice ball, none sweeter than his 46-yard completion to rookie tight end Charles Clay. Talk about a strike!

• The tight ends, Clay and Anthony Fasano, once again were a big part of the offense and once again it made for a big day. Not a coincidence.

• Think about it, the Dolphins scored 28 points on offense and Brandon Marshall caught only one pass for 5 yards.

• Truth be told, the offense really wasn't overwhelming against Buffalo, considering they finished with under 250 yards. What the offense was, was thoroughly efficient. Try four trips inside the red zone, four touchdowns. Can't beat that.

• One more thing that must be pointed out about the Dolphins offense is that the lead was so big in the second half there was no need to take any chances. Really, was Buffalo ever going to erase the Dolphins' 28-6 halftime lead? Not a chance.

• A big part of getting that lead was the play of the defense, particularly the interceptions by Yeremiah Bell and Nolan Carroll. Both came off deflections when Buffalo receivers couldn't make relatively easy catches. The difference for the Dolphins is that the DBs didn't drop the easy picks, as they've done so many times in the past. Carroll even made a nice catch when he went to the ground for his interception.

• The punt block by Chris Clemons also was a great sight. Think about it, not since 1990 had the Dolphins scored a touchdown off a blocked punt. That is one long drought.

• The biggest key on defense, even beyond the interceptions, was the run defense, which once again was stellar. The Dolphins shut down Fred Jackson in the running game from the start, and that put the Bills had obvious passing situations. That made all the difference against Buffalo's offense.

• It was truly a dominating performance, the Dolphins' biggest blowout victory since a 38-10 victory in 2009 — also against Buffalo.

• So the Dolphins now are 3-7 and continue to play good football. But now comes the biggest test since the Giants game, the Cowboys on Thursday. Let's see if the Dolphins are up to the challenge.


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