In the first half, the Miami Dolphins defense could not stop the Buffalo Bills run game where Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy accumulated a run game that had the Dolphins defense on their toes, McCoy busted the D-line for a 48-yard touchdown which put the Bills up 9-0.
Miami tried a couple of trick plays early but the Bills defense was ready and did not gain any sufficient yards on the plays. Way too many crossing routes were used against this team. Sorry to say this, but they do not work against this defense.
Miami’s defense did very well at stopping Buffalo’s attempt at a couple of flee-flickers, which cost them to turn the ball over. Going into the second quarter, Lamar Miller exploded for a huge first down and ran for 26-yards on the play. It was good to see that Miami stuck with the run game and started the second quarter on a positive note.
Running back Jay Ajayi started the running game for the Dolphins in the second quarter and showed that he has power to blow up the Bills defensive line. After a battle in the trenches and hard running by Ajayi, running back Lamar Miller capped off a hard series of plays to score a rushing touchdown that pulled the Dolphins within two.
When Ryan Tannehill threw the ball deep, the offense looked amazing. With continued dump passes up the middle, the offense was stagnant.
Throughout the game, the Buffalo Bills knew that Miami could not stop the run and the injury to defensive end Cameron Wake showed that weakness in Miami's defense. He was truly missed this game.
I really thought when the second half started Miami was getting into a rhythm and had a chance in this game. Buffalo opened it up with their run game and made outstanding plays down the field and that was that. Buffalo scored quickly and was relentless in their aerial attack and put Miami away early and never let the Dolphins get back into the game.
On another down side, there were some questionable calls, and bad clock management from interm head coach Dan Campbell. His inexperience showed through in this game when points could have been put on the board, he elected to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal. In hindsight, it doesn't matter cause of the margin of the loss but points are points and bad decisions are BAD decisions.
One bright spot out of this game to take into the next is that running back Jay Ajayi had an impressive season debut by having 41-yards on five attempts. Lamar Miller never gave up all game and finished the day with 44-yards on 12 attempts and scored two rushing touchdowns. Miami will not win games with rushing touchdowns alone. As a total offense, they had zero yes zero receiving touchdowns. In the NFL, you cannot win games on the ground alone. Give the Buffalo Bills credit; they shut down Miami’s leading receiver in Jarvis Landry and did not let him get into the end zone or complete the big spectacular plays we are used to seeing him do these past few weeks.
Sorry to be the barer of bad news Fins fans, The Miami Dolphins season is in big trouble. Next up for the Dolphins is a Sunday matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, which is not going to be an easy game for the Fins.