Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Live Grades and Analysis for Miami

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaFeatured Columnist IVOctober 20, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 20: T.J. Graham #11 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Dimitri Patterson #24 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins (3-3) have lost to the Buffalo Bills (3-4) by the score of 23-21.

The win came courtesy of a Mario Williams sack and strip at the end, which set up a Dan Carpenter field goal with 40 seconds left. 

Turnovers by the Dolphins wound up costing them the game, as Buffalo scored 10 points off of them. 

Here's a look at the grades and analysis. 


Miami Dolphins Game Grades
Position UnitFirst Half GradeGame Grade
Pass OffenseD+C-
Run OffenseA-A
Run DefenseAA-
Pass DefenseB-B
Special TeamsCB-
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Game Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: Ryan Tannehill recovered well in the final three quarters of the game, but it was a turnover on his end that cost Miami the ballgame. 

Even though the turnover is on him, I have to give "credit" to Tyson Clabo, who was abused in the final quarter by Mario Williams. 

Despite that, Tannehill was horrendous today. 

Run Offense: What a waste of a good performance by this unit. The reason Miami lost was because they stopped going to this unit. I'll explain the math later. 

Run Defense: Here's another unit who had a great day but saw their performance wasted. Miami managed to limit C.J. Spiller and wound up allowing just 90 yards on 30 carries to one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL

Pass Defense: This unit did have quite a few lapses, but overall they weren't too bad. Bills quarterback Thad Lewis had pressure on him throughout the game.   

Special Teams: Marcus Thigpen almost won the game for the Dolphins, but unfortunately, the offense couldn't capitalize. 

Coaching: The execution was horrible, but this coaching staff is terrible, too. I have no words for them but this: If I'm Stephen Ross, I'm firing Joe Philbin AND Mike Sherman after this atrociously coached game where the team was so unprepared and performed so poorly.

Here's where this coaching staff messed up: They abandoned a run game that gained 120 yards on 25 carries for an average of 4.8 yards per carry in the final two drives.

If on Miami's second-to-last drive they run the ball for no gain on each of the three downs and punt, then they either run two minutes off the clock (assuming they let each play run down until the play clock hits one) or force the Bills to call all three of their timeouts while pinning them back in their own territory. 

You would think that Mike Sherman and Joe Philbin would have this figured out. I thought that, too. I was wrong, much like Miami's strategy this afternoon. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 20:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Mike Wallace #11 of the Miami Dolphins warms up during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Phot
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First-Half Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: Horrible. Sickening. Atrocious. Garbage. Gross. 

I could go on forever describing Ryan Tannehill's play in the first quarter. It improved in the second quarter, but I'm still not ready to mail this performance to anyone to show them why Tannehill should be a Pro Bowl quarterback. 

Run Offense: So far I've liked what I have seen. The blocking has improved up front, and both Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas are running hard. Good schemes as well with Miami putting more men up front. 

Run Defense: Miami's defense has done a tremendous job stopping the Bills running game, with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson only combining for 13 yards on six carries. The Bills' leading rusher is their fullback Frank Summers, who gained his yards on a 16-yard gain in the second quarter. 

Pass Defense:  Miami's front seven have swarmed Thad Lewis, and at times the Bills' pass game has looked shaky. Despite this, they have managed to get some big plays in the air, but overall, they haven't been too bad.  

Special Teams: One of Buffalo's scores can be attributed to a bad special teams play by Don Jones, who made the rookie mistake of touching the ball on a 74-yard Brandon Fields punt after going out of bounds. Bad play by Jones, bad look for the coaching for such a terrible mistake. 

Coaching: This team has looked undisciplined all afternoon with bad penalties showing the lack of discipline that this coaching staff is supposed to instill, while the play-calling in this game save for Miami's first touchdown drive has been atrocious. 

I credit the coaching staff for the success of the running game, and I can't blame them for Tannehill's performance so far (that's all on 17).

They still do not get passing marks though because, horrible play-calling.  


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