Final Game 14 Observations

The Dolphins already have begun their preparations for this weekend's game at New England and also made a roster move on Tuesday, signing quarterback Pat Devlin from the practice squad and putting linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve. But we still would be remiss if we didn't take our customary last look at the most recent game, in this case the 30-23 victory at Buffalo.

• Obviously, we have to start with Reggie Bush. I mean, 203 yards, with a 76-yard touchdown to cap things off. He became the second Dolphins running back to rush for 200 yards in a game, the other being Ricky Williams. Williams did it twice, both times in 2002, and one of those came at Buffalo.

• Williams' Buffalo 200-yard game also came in December. So much for the cold affecting offenses.

Brandon Marshall had his longest play of the season with that 65-yard touchdown and he went over the 1,000-yard mark on that play. In fact, when Bush gained 27 more rushing yards, the Dolphins will have a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver for the first time in team history.

• Not to be a downer, but Marshall's catch did come after he dropped two touchdown passes. It also came as the result of an absolutely spectactular throw by Matt Moore. As one of the CBS broadcasters said, "Moore threw him open."

• It'll be interesting to see how Marshall fares in the Pro Bowl selection. On the one hand, he's got the numbers. But it's going to be awfully hard to overlook all those dropped passes.

• Back to Sunday's game, kudos to John Jerry for the job he did at left tackle in Jake Long's absence. Of course, we must point out that it was against Buffalo, a team with little pass rush.

• The only issue with the Dolphins' performance on offense was the red-zone efficiency — or we should say inefficency. It's been a problem all year, and apparently it'll be a problem to the end.

• Defensively, can't remember the last time the Dolphins were gashed so often in the run game. The C.J. Spiller touchdown was ugly. Bad missed tackle by safety Tyrone Culver.

• Where was this Vontae Davis all season? Two more picks, giving him four on the season. Don't look now, but he's a guy who'll get Pro Bowl consideration. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find anybody who's been better in recent weeks.

• On special teams, it's tough to overlook the onside kick that Anthony Fasano somehow couldn't handle. Dude is a tight end. Gotta catch that ball.

 All in all, though, not much complaining to be done. This was a game the Dolphins dominated as they improved to 5-2 since their atrocious start. Guess we'll have to keep asking the obvious question: Why couldn't they have played like that from the start?

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