Unlucky 13

Another week, another blowout loss for the Dolphins. The Dolphins spotted Buffalo a 31-7 halftime lead on their way to a 38-17 loss that dropped their record to 0-13. That made the Dolphins only the third team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to start with 13 consecutive losses.

Turnovers were a problem for the Dolphins for a second consecutive week, the most embarrassing of which coming when the ball slipped out of John Beck's hand as he began his throwing motion and Buffalo safety George Wilson Jr. caught it in stride and ran 20 yards for a touchdown.

That play made the score 21-0 in the first quarter and ended Beck's day.

He was pulled in favor of Cleo Lemon, who hit Ted Ginn Jr. with a 54-yard touchdown on his first play and quickly led the Dolphins to a touchdown drive.

But things went south again.

By the time the game was done, the Dolphins had turned the ball over five times, including losing three of the eight fumbles they had.

The Dolphins also gave up over 200 yards rushing, with both Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson topping the 100-yard mark for Buffalo.

Rookie quarterback Trent Edwards passed for only 165 yards for Buffalo, but he also had four TD passes, including a 70-yard hook-up with Lee Evans to close out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins made a game of it for a little while with 10 unanswered points in the third quarter while the Bills were content to just run the ball, but the outcome was sealed when Evans got behind Travis Daniels after a double move and scored his long touchdown.

For the Dolphins, the star offensively was running back Samkon Gado, who scored both Miami touchdowns, on runs of 12 and 20 yards.

But it was a bad day for the Dolphins' two prized rookies, Beck and Ginn.

Ginn dropped a punt after the Dolphins stopped Buffalo on the first drive of the game and that set up the Bills' first touchdown.

As for Beck, he was pulled after going 1-for-2 for 6 yards, getting sacked on each of Miami's first two drives and then watching the ball slip out of his hands.

While Lemon gave the Dolphins a quick spark, he also had his share of problems, throwing two interceptions, dropped three snaps, and fumbling while getting sacked on fourth down on the Dolphins' last drive.

It might not have been quite as ugly as the performance against the Jets a week earlier, but it was close.

And it was yet another defeat as the Dolphins get closer to the first 0-16 season in NFL history.


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